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Small system makes big impression at SXSW Minneapolis artist stage

April 27th, 2009

From March 13 to March 22, Austin, Texas once again played host to the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music and movie festival. In keeping with the independent spirit of SXSW, a coalition of performers from Minneapolis played to throngs of fans from their stage at the Iron Gate Lounge, close to the festival’s downtown epicenter. Equipped with PA gear from Dynacord, Electro-Voice, Midas, and Klark Teknik, the stage came together with help from Twin Cities-based audio equipment rental and production company Windy Shores Sound.

Though Electro-Voice and Midas equipment is already standard issue in many of Austin’s most renowned clubs, this smaller stage showed how the Bosch audio brands’ more compact systems can provide a highly portable, high-performance sound solution with minimal hassle. Nick Tveitbakk, owner of Sound Gallery Studios in Minneapolis, served as the stage’s sound engineer.

“Basically, we worked with the venue to put together a little showcase stage for all the Minneapolis bands that weren’t on the official bill for the festival,“ says Tveitbakk, “and then many of the Minneapolis bands that had been accepted by SXSW decided to join us. Brent Naylor at Windy Shores Sound is a big supporter of the local music scene, and he helped make it happen.“

The stage featured a slew of popular Minnesotan performers, including Solid Gold, Haley Bonar, Me and My Arrow, Economy Team, Mark Mallman, and Tveitbakk’s band, These Modern Socks. Tveitbakk used a Dynacord XA System as the main PA, along with equipment from the other Bosch audio brands. With its dedicated drive and processing rack, the Dynacord XA helped make the entire production easy for Tveitbakk, his crew, and his band.

“I use the XA system a lot,“ says Tveitbakk. “It’s just so easy to set up and it sounds good immediately, right when you turn it on, as opposed to what we used to use, which was an older system that we’d need to tweak with our EQ to make it sound good. We don’t have to put in Steely Dan or anything like that to make sure it sounds good, which is a refreshing change for anyone in this business! All the equipment was highly portable, compact, easy-to-use, and offered very high-quality performance. I’ve never had a stage up and running so quickly.“

In addition to the Dynacord XA System, the rig also used Electro-Voice gear in the form of QRx series stage monitors and the new PL80a microphones. Tveitbakk comments:

“The QRx monitors were great! This was one of the first times I’ve had a band complain that the monitors were too loud! That doesn’t happen very often; it was a nice “problem’ to have. I was really impressed, too, because there weren’t any feedback issues at all - it was straight-from-the-box fantastic. And the PL80s? I can’t say enough. I usually don’t like using new live vocal mics that are touted as the next big thing - how much better can they really be? But the PL80 really came through. EV got it right: the mids and highs that are usually a problem with other standard live vocal mics on rock stages weren’t harsh - those frequencies stayed warm and still cut through. The vocals so sounded great that I didn’t have to reach for my EQ the entire time.“

Also featured at the Iron Gate Lounge was equipment from Midas and Klark Teknik, including a DN360 EQ and a Venice mixing console at FOH. “Midas and KT took everything to another level for us. In the past, for outdoor festivals like this, we’ve pieced together a system with whatever equipment we can find, usually including rough, grainy compression. The Dynacord rig already sounded great - adding Midas preamps and Klark Teknik EQ to the mix was the icing on the cake, very smooth. I visited other stages that day where the sound would really rip your head off, but our stage was really easy to listen to. And it all took just two hours to set up. I came away from the show really impressed.“

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Guy Low

Bosch Security Systems, Inc.

Communications Systems Division

Public Relations Manager (ST-CO/MKT)

12000 Portland Ave. S.

Burnsville, MN 55337

USA

www.boschcommunications.com

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.bosch.com

Marcus Miller

Bosch Security Systems, Inc.

Communications Systems Division

Public Relations Assistant (ST-CO/MKT)

12000 Portland Ave. S.

Burnsville, MN 55337

USA

www.boschcommunications.com

Phone: 952-736-4069

Fax: 952-736-4582

LIMITED.marcus.miller@us.bosch.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

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