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Mason Sound adds more EV!

September 10th, 2012

Mason Sound has had its most successful year ever in 2012, touring their TG amplifier-powered XLC line-array loudspeaker rig for dozens of sold-out arena dates with country music star Eric Church. Now they’re gearing-up for another even bigger season on the road with Church with a new 32-box X-Line line-array system and 20 TG amplifiers equipped with RCM-26 IRIS-Net/DSP modules.

Photos by George Georgallis, showing Mason Sound putting their new rig through its paces prior to deployment on the next Eric Church tour.

Source:  http://www.electrovoice.com/pressrelease.php?id=1439


Electro-Voice on the road with
Eric Church and Mason Sound

June 11th, 2012

Country musician Eric Church’s star has continued to rise in 2012, fueled by his first #1 album, the Grammy-nominated “Chief” (2011), and his first and second #1 singles, “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen”, respectively.

This year has seen Church’s live show grow in step with his increasing popularity as a recording artist, and a new partnership with tour sound providers Mason Sound (Jacksonville, Illinois) has helped Church and his crew take on the arena-sized venues he now plays.

The main system for the current tour is built around an Electro-Voice XLC 127 DVX mid-sized line-array system powered by Tour Grade TG7 amplifiers and processed via onboard RCM-26 DSP modules. A NetMax controller equipped with analog and AES-3 input cards is used as a console matrix, allowing the three band engineers on the tour (opening act, support act Brantley Gilbert, and Eric Church) to have independent inputs to the system. A PC running IRIS-Net controls and supervises the system from FOH.

The tour was originally spec’d for venues in the 5,000-7000 seat range – normal size for an XLC rig – but huge demand for tickets saw the venue capacities open up to the 10,000-15,000 range. Mason Sound added more XLC boxes to their deployment, and the compact system is comfortably handling the much larger venues usually handled by full-sized line-arrays. The largest venues on the tour are addressed by two hangs of 18 XLC for mains, supported by two out-fill arrays of 12 boxes each. The PA’s tidy footprint belies its ability to cover 15,000-seat arenas with highly intelligible audio, as FOH Engineer Brent Sparks explains:

“I’m most impressed with the rig’s ability to cover the arenas; I can hear Eric’s every breath and all the instrumentation clearly. The transfer of emotion is there, and that’s part of why the tour has caused such a buzz – it makes it worth every penny. The headroom of the TG7s is exceptional as well: the crowd volume is huge at these shows, singing along to every song – it’s a luxury problem, getting louder than the crowd!”

“We purchased our first XLC rig in 2008, starting with 36 boxes,” says Mike Mason, owner of Mason Sound. “We’ve had strong factory and technical support from EV from the beginning, and it continues to be a great, hands-on partnership and a solid business decision for us. We’ve steadily grown our EV inventory since then. We added 36 more XLC boxes for this tour, and now we have a total of 130 -- all run with TG7/RCM-26 amps and NetMax processing. This current tour has been a real proving ground for the XLC’s capabilities, and it has shown us that it can deliver excellent performance in venues usually reserved for much larger systems, which further extends the value of our investment.”

Tour Manager: Todd Bunch
FOH Engineer: Brent Sparks
Monitor Engineer: Marc Earp
A2: Ben Rigby
Mason Sound:
Owner: Mike Mason
System Engineer: Jason Hebron

Source:  http://www.electrovoice.com/pressrelease.php?id=1407


Electro-Voice XLC impresses
at Illinois State Fair

“Since taking delivery on our new EV XLC-127DVX system in January, we’ve continued to be very impressed by its ease of use and excellent sound quality,“ says Mike Mason. “The main stage at the Illinois State Fair was our biggest show so far with the system, for which we deployed 36 XLC-DVX127 line-array boxes (18 per side) powered by TG-7 amps (loaded with RCM-26 DSP modules with FIR filters), running three amps for six boxes. The entire system is controlled by IRIS-Net, which is very intuitive and easy to navigate-very straightforward. This system has the capacity to cover between 13,000 and 15,000 people, and it’s a relatively compact and lightweight system for what it can do, with very straightforward rigging-it goes up and down easier than any system we’ve ever worked with. We’ve done indoor theaters with four boxes ground-stacked per side, all the way up to the long hangs for these big summer fairs. IRIS-Net control and the DSP modules, coupled with the performance of the DVX woofers and audio quality of the amps, all ensures consistently excellent sound quality with minimal tweaking-the system just sounds good.“

“The XLC-DVX is cleaner and clearer than any other line array I’ve heard,“ Mason adds, “and thanks to the FIR filtering there’s more separation. Everything has sounded crystal clear in every application. We had uniformly positive feedback from the engineers mixing on the system at the state fair, from “it’s the smoothest, truest-sounding PA I’ve ever mixed on’, to “I heard things I didn’t know the band was doing onstage before’. That’s what we like to hear. Sonically is all there, and in equal parts; hardly any EQ’ing or tuning has been necessary beyond the factory settings EV supplied. We were happy to see engineers turn up the rig and say “sounds great-we don’t have to do anything’.

The customer support we’ve received has been fantastic-another strong point with Electro-Voice. If I had to rate it on a scale from 1 to 10, I’d give it a 15. George Georgallis and Stu Schatz (EV Tech Support) provided IRIS-Net and LAPS (Line Array Prediction Software) support and were right there, eager to help us get comfortable with the new system. It sounds incredible, and impresses everyone who hears it, plays through it, and mixes on it.“

Source:  Electro-Voice XLC impresses at Illinois State Fair

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