New York-based a cappella group Naturally 7 from New York, currently touring Europe in celebration of their 20th anniversary, made a stop at the concert hall at the NDR Landesfunkhaus in Hannover, Germany where production provider PM Blue supported the performance with a main system incorporating Alcons Audio arrays and supporting components.
“We take our business very serious. We work at a very high quality level and that is why we always prefer to use our own Alcons systems instead of the installed system at the location,” says Joachim Stankowski, team leader at PM Blue, which deployed a system incorporating LR7/120 two-way pro-ribbon line arrays, four LR14B 12-inch band-pass bass units and two compact VR8 loudspeakers all driven by three Sentinel10 amplified controllers.
Senior project leader Lennart Wenzel and his team have developed a method of utilizing ground-based arrays to deliver coverage without interfering with audience sightlines at the venue. “There are hanging points but they’re used by the house PA, which is not usable for public concerts, not organized by the NDR,” Wenzel explains. “S we decided to use the LR14B with their pole mount to stack five LR7/120 on it. Filling the gaps in the front rows with LR7s as front fills on the stage lip and spotting the outer seats with a VR8.
“Further, the characteristics of Alcons Audio are the best for jazz and classic concerts,” he contineus. “The bright and differentiated sound pattern of the speakers are perfect to transport the sound as natural as possible. Especially at this concert of Naturally 7 where the voices were the main focus, it was important to create a natural sound. And it worked pretty well, as always with Alcons.”
PM Blue is the event technology branch of the PM Group and has worked for15 years with Alcons systems as one of the members of the worldwide Ribbon Network.