Together with its sister event, Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring), Rock im Park (Rock in the Park) is one of the biggest music festivals in Germany. It takes place around Nuremberg in the south of Germany; headliners this year included Disturbed, System of a Down, Coldplay, Alter Bridge and Kings of Leon.
Rental company satis&fy AG Werne, specialists in live entertainment and tour support, worked extensively with Reinhard Steger, rental sales engineer from NEXO’s German distributor audiovation, to test the new N-12 line monitors before offering them to the festival stage. It is rare to see new products of this kind being introduced to engineers and artists under demanding festival conditions.
For a stereo drum fill set, satis&fy used two sets of 2x 45ºN-12 line monitors, positioned on top of 2x RS15 subs, each set powered by a single NXAMP4x4. An additional monitor set was positioned beside the monitor desk for the engineers for evaluation.
At Rock im Park, the NEXO drum fill was used by all the bands, except those on in-ear monitors, generating great interest from monitor engineers who were struck by the precision of the loudspeakers’ performance and the absence of feedback problems. Satis&fy’s own technicians were pleased with the response from the artists, particularly monitor engineer Achim Zell.
“To receive not a single negative comment from artists and band monitor engineers means a lot in such a challenging environment,” explains Reinhard Steger. “There was a lot of curiosity about the monitors, every technician and engineer on stage just had to go and touch them! The real endorsement can be seen by the fact that all the drummers were happy to use them, and from the confidence shown by Kim Lindner, the production managers at Rock im Park.”
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