The physical characteristics of the super-compact and low profile ID loudspeaker cabinets encourage its use in architecturally challenging spaces. “Here the NEXO ID Series is ceiling-mounted and used to cover the venue’s mezzanine zone, supplementing the venue’s NEXO GEO S12 line array system,” explains Reid Henion, President of Stage Sound. “The NEXO brand is very rider-friendly, and since we used the GEO S12s on several successful design/build projects, we gained confidence in their sonic quality, output, longevity, and value.”
The system configuration consists of 5x NEXO GEO S1210s flown per side for main arrays, 2x NEXO PS10-R2s for center fills, 2x NEXO GEO S1230s flown mid-house for delay speakers, 6x RS18 Ray Subs, and 5x ID 24s for mezzanine fills. 2x NXAMP4x4 and 1x NXAMP4x1 amplifiers power the system. “I like the fact that the critical processing is factory-set and is integral to the power amps, making the system inherently tamper-proof,” says Henion.
“Using NS-1, NEXO’s proprietary modelling program, we could clearly achieve very smooth coverage with this combination of components,” said Henion. “The speakers were easy to rig and light enough to use without having to reinforce the structure from which they are flown, and the subs fit well into the spaces allotted for them by the owners of The Mill & Mine.”
The NEXO ID24s are flown above the front of house mix position, and Henion said he likes having a dipole speaker he could mount vertically to keep from sending unwanted mid-range energy downward toward the engineers’ ears. “The system voicing was very similar between the IDs and the GEOs. This made overall system tuning much faster and easier.”
Henion said the ability to achieve asymmetrical horizontal coverage using the CD flanges on only one side of the 1210s was helpful in covering the center of the room without hitting the brick side walls.
“The NEXO system installed by Stage Sound exceeds our expectations for the space,” states Mark Heinz, architect for the project and owner of the establishment. “Our goal at The Mill & Mine was to create a dual function venue: a concert venue, and an urban building to hold private events. The powerful system helps balance the need for commanding music but allows the delay speakers throughout the hall to be discrete when necessary, for example, during a wedding ceremony.”
Stage Sound also installed a Yamaha CL5 at front of house with two Rio 3224-D input/output racks and a PM5D-RH for monitors. The house console connects to the rig via Dante to the main Symetrix processor. Analog and AES connectivity are positioned at key locations for guest consoles. Dante connectivity is widely distributed so the monitor rig can go on either side of the stage and the house desk can go to any of three mix positions.
“The system sounds great,” according to Henion; “once the curtains and acoustic treatments are in place, we will be returning to re-tune the system.”
For more information on The Mill & Mine visit www.acentertainment.com or www.dewhirstproperties.com.
For more information on Stage Sound, visit www.stagesound.com.