South Africa’s finest alt-rock acts got their first taste of the NEXO STM Series system at the annual Potch Rag. For the first time in its history, the Potchefstroom crowd experienced the daunting power of NEXO’s flagship line array, supplied by audio production company Sound Stylists.
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Potch Rag, an annual student driven event held in the normally sleepy town of Potchefstroom (home of North West University), was shaken awake by a full STM deployment comprising of 18x M46 and B112 sets, 16x S118 subs and 12x M28 ‘omni’ modules. The venue was rocked with thunderous low end, thanks to the 8-a-side flown S118 subs, coupled with the 20x ground stacked Alpha S2 subs, a first for Sound Stylists.
The combination of flown and stacked sub woofers in the PA design provided even coverage with the ground stack giving the front rows all the subbass they could possibly want. The M28 ‘omni’ modules proved once again to be the perfect companion to the bigger cabinets, providing down fill and front fill.
On stage, artists were treated to the new P12 stage monitors recently launched by NEXO, while the drummer was spoilt with 2x GEO M10 line array modules, paired with LS18 subs. GEO M10 cabinets also played the role of DJ monitors, used as “Texas wedges” by the resident DJ.
The entire system was powered by 3 generations of NEXO controllers and amplifiers: NX242 controllers, Camco Vortex6 amplifiers, NXAMP4x4MK1 and MK2 powered controllers. The Alpha S2s ran off of NX242 controllers, coupled with Camco Vortex6 amplifiers. NXamp4x4MK1 powered controllers ran the main line array and all three iterations of MK2 powered controllers ran everything from stage wedges to PS8 talk back monitors and ID24 near-field monitors.
All amplifiers (except the NX242) were run on a Luminex switched redundant Dante network. The Dante network included Yamaha CL5 front of house console with rear racks and CL1 change over console (also with Rio racks) supplying PA lines during changeover.
Although no secret to the Sound Stylists crew, the clarity and punch of the STM surprised more than one guest engineer and left them lamenting the end of their artists’ sets.