Says the company’s Dougie Martin, “We first bought into Nexo about a decade ago, gradually increasing our inventory of PS and LS series loudspeakers and adding the GeoS12 system shortly after it came out. Using Nexo controllers/loudspeakers with Yamaha consoles and the SB168ES stage box in an Ethersound network, you have a system that is quick to set up and take down, sounds great and offers tremendous flexibility.”
The Scots Trad Music Awards show had two elements – live music performances between the awards and the awards themselves. The PA comprised a flown system of 5x GEO S1210 and 1x GEO S1230 per side, plus two S2 subs per side, all controlled by an NX242-ES4. Onstage monitors were 12x PS15x in wedge mode.
An Ethersound network connected the FOH M7CL and LS9, plus the four SB168ES, linked through to the Nexo NX242-ES4 which fed the FOH system. The huge benefits of using Ethersound were clearly demonstrated for what would otherwise have been a very complex and time-consuming system to set up.
“Apart from the obvious benefits of improved audio quality, the fact is it took one man just five minutes to run an 80 metre, 64 channel optical multicore from the stage to the FOH position upstairs in the balcony and about the same time to get it back out,” says Dougie Martin.
“Having spent an hour prepping all the desks and SB168ESs in our premises beforehand, as soon as the Ethersound connections were all plugged in and power was on, the whole system was patched up and ready to go.”
Dougie himself operated the two consoles at FOH, with Fergus Lockie manning the M7CLs at the monitor position.
“It was a challenging production, as we had 11 artists ranging from duos to large ensembles, 60 channels of audio to manage, big stage changes to do, presenters and TV cameras everywhere,” Dougie continues. “The Nexo systems, together with Yamaha consoles, gave us compact but really powerful tools to overcome all the complex issues and deliver a great show that people really enjoyed.”.A&R Martin