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Electro-Voice: Standout Sound at Glastonbury Festival

July 16th, 2007



Following the success of their work here in 2005, APR Audio was once again asked to provide EV X-Line PA and X-Array monitor systems for the Jazz World stage, which attracted crowds of up to 30,000 to hear artists such as Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damian Marley, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival (allegedly festival organizer Michael Eavis’s favorite band of all time!), Guillemots, Mr Hudson & the Library, Fat Freddie’s Drop and Seth Lakeman.

“Jazz World is generally regarded as the musicians’ stage,“ says APR Audio’s crew chief Matt Gunter. “This is where the real musical talent plays, and I suppose we do go the extra mile for them. This stage is respected by the performers, engineers and audience because of the consistency of the sound. Jazz World uses the same PA every year, and we bring a good experienced crew. We saw the noise police only once-we ran at 96dB all weekend, and had no problems at all.“

For the main PA, Shuttlesound’s Jason Kelly helped design a system using EV’s X-Line Xvls and Xvlt cabinets flown from 16m towers, with 28x Xsubs deployed in two-wide, six-high stacks, plus four for center fill. EV’s new XLE181 cabinets provided front fill, and the system was run from EV’s Precision Series P3000RL remote-control DSP amplifiers. “We used EV’s dedicated IRIS-Net management software to control the system, but kept it very plain and simple, mainly to keep the levels in touch.“ At FOH, the main console was a Midas Heritage 3000, with a Venice 160 used as a main control to drive the system. Klark Teknik DN370 provided grab EQ on the H3000; a KT DN9344 Helix digital slave equalizer was used for the main system.

On stage, APR Audio provided EV Xw15A wedges and X-Array cabinets for side and drum fills. All speakers were run with Klark-Teknik DN9848 digital system controllers and monitored via KT’s Elgar control software; monitor engineer Laurie Brace simply tweaked his inputs on a PC placed next to the Heritage console. Additional streamlining was afforded by using P-RL amps for the monitors, all racked and remote-controlled tidily out of the way of the steady stream of talent and crew taking to the stage.

“We had some very positive comments from band engineers, production and audience alike,“ reports Matt Gunter. “Despite the weather, the system performed flawlessly. We used 16-meter towers this year and a different deployment of the Xsubs, allowing us to focus as much sound as possible in the Jazz World field, which helped us keep both the band engineers and the noise police happy.“

APR Audio’s Jazz World crew included FOH babysitter Rob Ritchie, system tech Jason Kelly, main stage tech Martin Shaw and monitor engineer Laurie Brace.

APR also supplied a full XLC system for the Cinema Field, running as part of a Dolby Digital Surround system. Owner of APR Audio Andy Reed says he is “very pleased with the huge amount of positive feedback my crew and I have received from Glastonbury. I’d like to thank Paul Barretta at Shuttlesound, EV’s UK distributor, for his continuing support.“

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Guy Low

Sr. Copywriter | MarCom

Bosch Communications Systems

Telex Communications, Inc.

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Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

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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

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