Mason Sound deploys new Electro‑Voice X‑Line Advance system for Concert in the Corn

December 5, 2015
  • X-Line Advance, the latest compact line-array loudspeaker technology from Electro-Voice, used for large annual outdoor concert event
  • System performance impressed Mason Sound, touring engineers and representatives from event sponsors 93.7 The Bull
  • Smooth coverage and long throw from the X2 full-range elements and X12-128 subwoofers proved to be strong points in the outdoor setting
Mason Sound (Jacksonville, IL) recently deployed the new Electro-Voice (EV) X-Line Advance line-array system for Concert in the Corn, an annual outdoor event hosted by country radio giant 93.7 The Bull (KSD-FM, St. Louis). The show took place on November 7, 2015, at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL, with the duo Thompson Square headlining over opening acts A Thousand Horses and Broseph E. Lee.

Owners of a large inventory of EV line arrays, Mason Sound is well qualified to measure the performance of EV’s latest models.

“Everything about these subs is impressive.”

Mason Sound flew 10 X2-212/90 full-range 2-way boxes per side, with a set of six X12-128 subwoofers ground-stacked beneath each array – the most powerful subs EV has ever developed. In addition, two X2 boxes were set at the stage lip as front fills. System power was via TG-7 amplifiers and networking via a NetMax N8000 system controller. The system demonstrated its impressive performance to size ratio, delivering far-reaching, full-bandwidth coverage across the large venue from compact, lightweight enclosures.

“The top end is exactly the kind of crisp, clean sound that I’ve always loved about EV,” says company president Dave Mason. “It sounded great right out of the box, with minimal tuning and EQ. The X2 boxes have a really nice low end right above the sub, which makes the whole bottom end very smooth, especially in the low-mid area, which gives them a nice punch. The X2 boxes are noticeably smaller and even easier to handle than our XLC systems, which is obviously a plus, and the whole system couples together very well. It flies very nicely, and it’s amazing how much output it gives in such a compact size.”

The X2 features the new DVN3125 neodymium 12-inch woofer, offering higher output with lower distortion. It is also notable for its compact size and modest 92-pound weight, with a new integrated rigging system for quick and efficient assembly and teardown. Inside the X2’s low-profile enclosure, new-design Hydra plane-wave generators provide superior clarity and control: a Mid-Band Hydra (MBH) for superior box coupling and an advanced Pin-Diffraction Hydra (PDH) for controlled linear HF performance.

Asked to name the most impressive aspects of the system, Mason singled out the X12-128 subwoofers: “We had a long throw to the top of the bleachers, roughly 270 feet. When we went to check it out, it was amazing how much low end we still had, even 20 feet up in the air. Everything about these subs is impressive. They look great, they truck-pack easily, they are a good size and they seem very durable. And then there’s the sound: simply outstanding.”

As for the show itself, Dave Mason reports that everyone went home smiling. “The sponsors loved the sound, which made us happy. And all the engineers were super pleased, including the touring engineer for Thompson Square. He liked having a chance to hear a new PA, and loved the way it sounded. He said it was very smooth and powerful, one of the best systems he’s heard all year. And I’ve got to say I agree.”

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