One of the first audio productions to benefit from the full STM rig featured well-known Christian artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, performing at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
REACH provided their NEXO STM rig and NUAR amps along with a Yamaha PM5D-RH for front of house and dual CL5s digital audio consoles and four Rio3224 input/output boxes. “We knew we needed perfect coverage for the Target Center as it was a sold-out show,” stated Dan Brown, REACH Communications.
“We have had the NEXO STM M46/B112 for a year and we recently added the new M28 boxes to our inventory. After looking at the NEXO NS-1 simulator, we could see that it would be a perfect fit for side hangs on this show.”
Brown said they were under a very tight load in and setup schedule for the one-off event. “The STM rigging and NUAR amp racks allowed us to get things up, checked very fast, and stay on schedule throughout the day.”
The NEXO main hang rig consisted of 24x STM M46 main cabinets with 24x STM B112 bass cabinets, flown 12 per side above 3x STM M28 downfill modules. For the L/R outfills, 12x M28 cabinets were arrayed with 2x STM B112s. Subbass came in the shape of 12x RS18s, 4x per side in cardioid mode and 4x spread across the stage perimeter. And NEXO PS10-R2s and GEO S1230s were used for outer front-fill. The whole system was powered by 10x NEXO NUAR racks.
“I was able to walk the upper seating area with Russ Long, the FOH engineer for Amy Grant and Michael W Smith,” Brown says. “The coverage to the upper seats was very good, even with the long throw of the mains and no delay speakers. The main speakers were throwing about 300+ ft. It was very impressive!” He notes that the transition from the main to the side hangs was very clean, even with the cabinets being a different driver complement. “NEXO has done a great job of making the voicing of all of their boxes very similar to each other.”
The entire system for the concert was run into two Lake LM26 for zone control and was routed via Dante to the NEXO amps. “Our client was very happy with the results and sound coverage throughout the room. We worked closely with the venue manager and the artists’ crew to make sure we had the maximum seating capacity for the sound coverage and sight lines in the room.”