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Electro-Voice XLE Line Array is Light on its Feet with UK Tour of Simply Ballroom

April 12th, 2007



London-based PA company Systems Etc is showing some fancy footwork of

its own, providing varied configurations of its new Electro-Voice XLE line array system to suit the diverse venues on the tour.

Although Systems Etc, one of the biggest Electro-Voice rental companies in the UK, also stocks XLC and XLD array systems, it was the XLE cabinets that particularly suited the Simply Ballroom tour because of their ultra-compact profile. Tracking up and down the UK, the production can be found in town playhouses and the city theatres, with audiences varying from 650 to 2500 people. “The size of the XLE is perfect for theatre,“ says front-of-house engineer Perry Wetherill. “For this tour more than most-because of the dancers using every inch of the stage-it’s all about sightlines. We needed a low profile as well as the dynamics.“

Simply Ballroom is no ordinary dance show-it’s a lavish production that fuses the color and spectacle of ballroom dance with live theatre. Choreographed by UK TV dancing stars Erin Boag and Anton Du Beke, the production features a cast of world-class dance champions who showcase the Waltz, Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Quickstep and many more. The show is touring with a five-piece live band, host Lionel Blair has a wireless microphone, and the rest of the mix is eight tracks of click-track and two backing vocals. “Vocally, the XLE cabinets sound brilliant,“ says Wetherill. “I admit I’m not the world’s biggest fan of line array, but once we finally had the XLE system in place in the flying positions it has been designed for, I was completely satisfied with it. Not surprised, because it did everything that Electro-Voice said it would do-I thought it was just excellent.“

The largest venue on the current leg of the tour is the Hippodrome in Birmingham, a 2500-capacity theatre which required left and right arrays of 12x XLE181 2-way boxes, plus two XLC215 subs per side. The system, powered by EV’s P3000RL Precision Series remote-control amplifiers, is managed using the IRIS-Net software suite. The XLE181s, which use an 8“ neodymium LF/MB transducer and dual ND2S HF driver combination with a 120° x 10° waveguide coverage, weigh less than 18 kg (40lbs) per unit, ideal for flying in low trim rooms, and where weight restrictions apply.

Unfortunately, many British theatres are not yet prepared for line array. In smaller venues which don’t have appropriate flying points for line array use, Wetherill is ground stacking the system, typically with four XLE181s on top of two XLC215 subs, sometimes supported by another line of four XLE cabinets in a central cluster. Even ground stacked, the exceptionally small footprint of the XLE system keeps it unobtrusive on a stage full of dancers, while delivering concert-quality sound. Shuttlesound’s Paul Barretta explains that the XLE 8“ line array elements “offer fantastically even front-to-back and side-to-side coverage in an impressively compact package. Demand for smaller and lighter sound systems has increased, and EV has designed the XLE systems for situations with critical audio requirements where overall cluster size is a high priority.“ At front-of-house, Wetherill is using a Klark Teknik DN9340 Helix Digital Equalizer, with slave, to get the sound he wants. “Regardless of the size of venue, the XLE system sounds very pure, clear and easy to listen to.“

www.systemsetc.co.uk

www.shuttlesound.com



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Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Bosch Communications Systems

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.telex.com

James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Bosch Communications Systems

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582

james.edlund@us.telex.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

(952) 736-3935
guy.low@us.bosch.com
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