EAW Anya Drives Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour
SRX Events recently teamed up with Mix3 Sound to provide full production for the Mercedes-Benz Evolution tour.
Mix3 was tasked with deploying sound, video and lighting systems for each event, with owner John Ferlito choosing to use his new Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Anya line arrays as mains. “One of the reasons we decided to purchase the EAW Anya system was for events like this,” explained Ferlito. “When I heard Anya I knew it was exactly what we were looking for. It still amazes me how easy it is to use while sounding so great.”
The five date tour takes place at venues in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Austin. A celebrity DJ and live band perform at each venue including DJ Ruckus, British rock band Bastille, Grammy Award-winning musician/DJ ?uestlove and Passion Pit.
The Chicago event took place at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier – an 18,000-square-foot room with a sweeping 80-foot domed ceiling and a large platform stage. For Evolution, the main floor offered a dance floor surrounded by several bars, numerous Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and interactive attractions. The balcony, which wraps around the room, provided a VIP area and also served as the front of house location.
“The Resolution software makes the set-up of the system straightforward,” Ferlito says. “Once you're familiar with the program, it's simple to enter the required information and let the software determine how many boxes are required to ensure even, consistent coverage throughout the venue.”
The PA consisted of left-right arrays each made up of eight self-powered Anya modules, with six EAW SB1002 dual 18-inch subwoofers ground stacked two-wide/three-high beneath. Compact EAW JF56NT loudspeakers placed on top of the subs delivered front fill, while another JF56NT was positioned centre stage to provide monitoring for Bastille. EAW UX8800 DSP managed processing.
“Navy Pier isn't the easiest place to work, especially with the mix position (on this occasion) up on the balcony,” stated Paul Cooper, FOH engineer for Bastille. “The lack of real treatment and the ceiling bowl create somewhat of a chamber, which is better suited to lower volumes.” In addition, as a corporate show, the usual audience absorption wasn't what it normally would be, with most of the floor space occupied by the stalls and car displays, adding to the acoustic challenge.
“It was a very natural sounding system – it was directional but with enough spread to make outfills in the room unnecessary,” he continues. “The clarity of the system shined through and everything was very clean. I would happily recommend it as an option to people based on its top-end clarity and spread alone.”
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