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Systems Etc Upgrades Electro-Voice XLC System

June 12th, 2007



London PA company Systems Etc has followed Electro-Voice’s newly-available upgrade path for its XLC compact line array system, adding the new EV DVX3121 12-inch low-frequency/mid-bass woofers to all its XLC127 cabinets. The first major outing for the freshly boosted system was the Orange FREEVOLUTION music festival in Newcastle on May Bank Holiday, the largest free festival in the UK.

Freevolution takes place across two stages in Baltic Square and quayside at Spillers Wharf. The larger of the stages is the “Innovation’ stage at Spillers Wharf, where headliners included Maxïmo Park, Echo and the Bunnymen and Joe Jackson. Systems Etc put up two hangs of 12x XLC127DVX, powered by EV’s Precision Series P3000RL amplifiers, with 14x X-Subs for sub bass and Xi1152s for front fills.

Surprisingly for Newcastle-upon-Tyne in springtime, the weather was shocking; rainy with winds gusting up to 40mph. Brave John Ellis from Shuttlesound, Electro-Voice’s UK distributor, headed up north to see how the new system would fare on its first British festival outing.

“Inevitably the weather compromised the sound on both stages, not helped by the scrims in front of the hangs,“ he reports. “On the main stage, I listened to The Motorettes, Hot Club, The Enemy, Joe Jackson, and Echo and the Bunnymen, and the XLC DVX performed admirably: very clean top end, plenty of mid range energy and very even crossover from the 12“ DVX lower mids to the X-Subs, with no “hole’ around the 100-150Hz mark. And, of course, there was plenty of low end from the 14 ground stacked X-Subs.“

XLC DVX systems can be run with a minimum of four cabinets in an array (up to a maximum of 16 in larger arenas). The three-way axis-asymmetrical cabinet design includes a single DVX3121 12“ low-frequency/mid-bass woofer, with mid-frequency bandpass delivered via two 6.5“ horn-loaded DVN2065 woofers in a vertical array. Two ND6 (3“ voice-coil) neodymium compression drivers loaded on two Hydra™ plane wave generators handle the high end. With a horizontal coverage of 120°, the upgraded XLC system accurately covers wide areas, providing greater high-SPL stability and full-bandwidth intelligibility than its predecessor.

In Baltic Square, the second “Imagination’ stage was also equipped by Systems Etc, this time with an XLE super-compact array system comprised of eight boxes per side with 8x XLC215 bass units, powered by EV’s Precision Series amplifiers.

The Imagination stage had more of a dance feel to it; opened by a DJ headline night on Sunday featuring Radio One’s Pete Tong, on Monday the stage hosted performances by new Brazilian sensations Bondo da Role, the Simian Mobile Disco and Datarock. Systems Etc front-of-house engineer Perry Wetherill praised the system set-up: “The amazing thing about the XLE boxes is that where ever I take them, I don’t need to re-EQ. I’m essentially using the same EQ out of doors here that I use on the “Simply Ballroom’ theatre tour. They are amazingly powerful and punchy for such a small box; no-one believes me when I tell them it’s an 8“ with two compression drivers.“

With numerous guest engineers using the system on the day, there were plenty of compliments for the XLE and how, despite its compact size, it could deliver such impressive SPL. Shuttlesound’s John Ellis confirms that “virtually every act’s engineer commented on how powerful and crystal clear it was, with lots of low-end energy from four 215s a side. Noise control specialists Capita Symonds were also happy, imposing a limit of 95dB at the mix position, although a lot more headroom was available, to avoid any objections from local residents.“

Ellis adds “the complaints were mainly about the weather!“

www.shuttlesound.com

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Guy Low

Sr. Copywriter | Marketing Communications

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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