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All-Star Game VIP Gala In St. Louis Celebrates With Martin Audio

Stanco Productions of St. Louis provided audio for the Major League Baseball special event, including Martin Audio W8LC line arrays

By PSW Staff September 30, 2009

A view of the stage outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the All-Star Game gala, where Martin Audio line arrays provided the concert sound reinforcement

Held during Major League Baseball’s centerpiece summer event, the MLB All-Star Gala was a private VIP hospitality celebration for close to 4,000 guests that included MLB employees, corporate sponsors, team owners, players and their families.

The gala was held at the Ballpark Village adjacent to the new Busch Stadium with The Switch, a leading St. Louis-based production company, responsible for the event and Stanco Productions, also from St. Louis, contracted to provide audio for the event.

One of the main challenges, according to Sam Wehrmeyer, Stanco Technical Director, was “achieving clean, even coverage with a nice full sound, but not too loud as people needed to be able to maintain conversation levels.”

Martin Audio W8LCs are the perfect box for that type of situation as they still have a full, robust sound, even at lower volumes,” Wehrmeyer continues. “We only needed eight boxes a side seeing the space wasn’t that deep.  Full even coverage was a must to achieve the design so we also incorporated 4 outfills a side to further cover the space.”

The first night gala concert after the Home Run Derby featured local rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry as well as hip-hop artist Nelly, both originally from St. Louis.

The actual audio setup included eight Martin W8LCs a side plus four for outfills. There were also six Martin Audio W8LMs and two W8LMDs in a tent structure behind the stage with local delicacies and hometown exhibits that also celebrated St. Louis.

Martin Audio Display software was used to facilitate the array design. Other equipment included a Yamaha consoles, Crown amplification, Turbosound 21-inch subs, and XTA processing. Besides Wehrmeyer, crew for the event included Edwin “Dee” Blanton, FOH Engineer, and Randy Anderson on monitors.

“The W8LC is really all about superior sound from a small footprint,” Wehrmeyer explained. “To save on space we opted not to use the speaker wings on the large rooftop we provided. So we designed the rig to fly from the inside of the top. For this application the compact format worked really well. On Stanco’s last tour with Nelly we utilized the same boxes. They worked just as flawlessly in stadiums and arenas around the country. We really couldn’t be happier with them.”

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