When new equipment budgets kicked in last summer, the technical team led by Christian Parrot, Directeur Technique, decided to take advantage of new technologies in sound reinforcement, in particular the upgrading of the installed PA system in their flagship Le Cap venue. This large venue hosts all styles of music and DJ performance, seeing more than 200 sound engineers, national and international, passing through its doors during the season.
Since its inception, La Sirène has had a strong and loyal relationship with the (relatively) local manufacturer Nexo, reinforced by an equally durable relationship with installation/rental company Melpomen. Intending to retire the existing Nexo GEO D tangent line array system from Le Cap, the first stop for Christian Parrot and his engineers was Nexo HQ in Paris to see the next generation of loudspeaker designs.
“We were very satisfied with the GEO D system performance,” says Christian Parrot, “but we wanted to stay poised at the cutting edge of new technology so we went to evaluate the new STM Series of modular line array. NEXO had just introduced the smallest module in that high-performance series, the M28, which is a 2x 8” compact with an intercabinet angle of 15 degrees, and great SPL output.”
With a NEXO GEO S12 line array in its nightclub, and NEXO PS Series full-range cabinets in all its rehearsal studios, La Sirène was already in its comfort zone on technical grounds. After several demos of the new STM technology, the technicians were comfortable with the modular approach which has the M28 handling 60Hz-20kHz and additional bass response of 63Hz-200Hz provided by a number of B112 bass cabinets, flown at the top of the array. STM S118 subs complete the system.
A thorough approach to installation and optimisation by the Melpomen team, led by Thierry Tranchant, resulted in an elegant system configuration of six M28 plus three B112s per side, with six S118 subs on the floor. “We quickly noticed the extreme finesse and presence of the new cabinets,” says Christian Parrot. “For the audience, it delivers sound quality that is comfortable to listen to; the bands and engineers are satisfied with its output and operational performance, and our technicians are impressed with its efficiency.”
“This is really the high end in terms of sound reinforcement,” explains Jean Jacques Vias, NEXO’s Sales Director for France. “La Sirène is one of the first SMACs in Europe to use STM M28 for a fixed installation, but it’s the ideal choice for a venue with such a diversity of artists and material.”