Professional Audio Services (PAS) has brought a lively punch to its aural arsenal with the recent addition of technology from NEXO’s P+ and GEO M Series.
Operating out of Wodonga, Victoria, the pro AV production company offers a host of services including the consultation, design and installation of comprehensive sound solutions. Primarily servicing corporate events, as well as a variety of live music scenarios, PAS is defined not only by its dedication to quality entertainment experiences, but also its dynamic father-son duo: Managing Director Tony Boon and Lighting & Technology specialist Adam Boon.
Having carved a reputation for itself as a provider of the very best in quality audio for esteemed theatre shows, council events, concerts and more, PAS sought to elevate their production capabilities further by streamlining their systems catalogue- pivoting to NEXO’s synergistic ecosystem of point source offerings. “We were reorganising our business, as we had lots of different speaker systems and older things from separate places,” recounts Tony. “Ultimately, we decided to go with a framework that operates together more seamlessly. From cables to amps and speakers, we now have a variety of NEXO equipment to call on, all from the same family.”
Eager to road-test the new technology by the end of 2022, PAS recently assisted the community of Wodonga with two well-reviewed events: Borderville’s Circus in Junction Square and the city’s beloved Wodonga Brass Carols by Candlelight.
Breaking down the specified setup for each venue, Adam explains:
“Junction Place was a circus gig that used four P15 cabinets and four GEO MSUB18’s. We also used a pair of P10+’s to fill where the tree foliage ate up our HF. Wodonga Brass Christmas Carols was six GEO M10 modules per side, four GEO MSUB15’s and six GEO MSUB18’s in an array that was designed in NS-1 for even coverage across the massive audience space, and to minimise the onstage bass build-up. All console-to-amp connections were via AES3, and parameter control was all networked. We configured, tested, and adjusted the system with NEXO’s NeMo iPad app.”
The French manufacturer’s consistent sonic signature ensures that individual NEXO product lines are highly cross-compatible and able to be mixed and matched with ease. All of PAS’ modules were driven by NXAMPMK2 technology, NEXO’s comprehensive power and processing solution. “The concentric element of the P+ cabinets is very attractive to me, as I’m a big believer in the coaxial configuration to get coverage and pattern control,” says Tony. “Plus, the networking capabilities, and being smaller and lightweight while sounding fantastic, is a huge benefit.”
In addition to employing the P+ and GEO M Series hardware, the incorporation of NS-1, NEXO’s free simulation software, ensured efficient system configuration for uniform coverage of each space. “Both gigs were modelled with NS-1, which has been awesome and has allowed us to better understand how things will work best ahead of the actual event,” notes Adam. “In all cases where we have used NS-1 the results have far exceeded our – and the clients – expectations.”
As informed by PAS, Wodonga Brass Carols by Candlelight turned out to be an extraordinarily large event for its purview, and a perfect opportunity to showcase the unparalleled capabilities of the NEXO system architecture. With an impromptu increase in SPL easily handled by the setup, the carollers were able to sing out with flawless clarity across an enormous audience, with Tony exclaiming “the coverage was phenomenal and well exceeded what we were promised [of the capability].”
Summarising his recent experience with their new P+ and GEO M systems, Tony reveals that: “Everything is excellent to work with. The combination of quality loudspeakers and NS-1 prediction is incredible- you can tell exactly what is going to happen before you even load a box into your vehicle. I also really like the new sound signature- it’s easy to work with, the performance-to-weight ratio is great, and the coverage is just incredible. It’s a whole different world!”