The event, held in a Festhalle transformed by PRG production wizardry, saw NEXO’s revolutionary 45°N-12 line monitors on stage, available for all the performing artists. The wedges were the personal choice of engineer Thomas Hofer, in his third year behind the monitor console at the PRG/LEA Awards.
Working with Reinhard Steger from NEXO’s German distributor audiovation, Hofer designed his monitor set-up with 8x 45°N-12s, placed in two groups, each using two pairs of wedges. Another two N-12s were positioned on the outlying ‘island’ stage, for use by the announcer and a small acoustic act, and a number of single wedges were placed around the band risers for different musicians.
“I had 24 monitors in total, including a pair for myself,” says Thomas. “The 45°N-12s make my job easier, because they are simply plug-and-play. Yes, there are some little corrections for different mics or to give a quiet singer more headroom, but that’s it. The sound and handling is perfect. They are clear and tight, and not as muddy as conventional wedges. If you need more bass, you just add another cabinet and control it with contour direction.”
With a variety of different acts, from electronica to illusionists, there is a lot of movement on the LEA stage. “But we have no problems with phasing. Performers can walk in front of the wedges and get the same sound consistently, but as they move off-axis, it drops off very sharply. I’ve had great feedback throughout the rehearsals on the quality of the monitor sound; it’s very linear, not too hi-fi, not too rock ‘n’ roll.”
Hofer’s first positive experiences with the NEXO wedges were on broadcast projects, and he points out the unusual aesthetic design produces a low profile that is perfectly suited to television.
“But I’ve also realised that this is a truly scalable monitor. You take a single wedge for a singer in a club, and build up the system by adding units until you have a ‘big wedge’, a group of 4 like we are using here in the Festhalle. For small or big stages, singer-songwriters or big bands, this is a one-wedge-fits-all solution.”
Further information: Reinhard Steger, audiovation. www.audiovation.de