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Electro-Voice Netmax Debuts at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

March 20th, 2007

SEE HOW LD SYSTEMS MAKE IT HAPPEN HERE! Hit link and scroll down to “2007 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Install through concert - how it’s done.“



LD Systems oversee what is probably the largest temporary installation of Electro-Voice equipment in America for the HLSR, featuring of 108 EV X-Line boxes powered by an equal number of EV P3000RL remote control DSP amplifiers. Upping the ante again for 2007, LD Systems incorporated EV’s NetMax networked matrix system controller into their system design for the first time, bringing an unprecedented level of fully customizable, high-speed remote supervision to this vast system.

Running from February 27th through March 18th this year, the HLSR celebrates western heritage, community and charitable work, and features a world-class program of rodeo competitions and nightly musical entertainment from “A’ listers like Beyonce, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith and hometown heroes ZZ Top. Everything about the HLSR is big: Annual general attendance averages of well over 1.1M make it one of the highest-attended indoor event series in the world. Records were broken again this year when over 73,000 people saw the sold-out show by Disney star (and Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter) Hannah Montana.

LD’s audio achievements with their Electro-Voice rig have garnered rave reviews from HLSR audiences, production crews, local TV news networks and event organizers alike. It requires some serious sound reinforcement to come to terms with the cavernous reverb chamber that is Reliant Stadium: 54 P3000RL amps a side sit racked on two catwalks 200ft above the dirt, powering 12x eight and ten-box hangs of X-Line Xvls and Xvlt, with each array alternating left and right channel output for a full coverage stereo image around the room. Over 2400ft of fiber optic cable is used to simultaneously feed signal to the NetMax N8000 controllers and 54 P3000RL amps racked on each catwalk. Little surprise that one of the world’s largest stereo systems is in Texas!

“This is our third year using X-Line for the rodeo,“ reports Robert Ausmus, Director of Production Services, LD Systems. “The show used to receive complaints regarding sound quality, due to the acoustical issues inherent in a large space like Reliant. The stereo setup has increased intelligibility in the stadium dramatically. This configuration is also helpful when touring engineers are dialing in their mix in this large space, as they can mute the rest of the room and just keep the L&R arrays facing them at FOH turned on. X-Line continues to perform just as brilliantly as an installed box for the rodeo as when we’re out on the road with bands like 3 Doors Down. We’ve always received solid support from Electro-Voice for our work with the rodeo, and, by incorporating new technologies like NetMax into our system designs, we continue to achieve new heights of sonic performance and system control every year, all while streamlining the logistical end of operations.“

Speaking of NetMax, Jeremiah Hamilton, Senior Systems Engineers, LD Systems, is the lucky guy who gets his hands on LD’s new gear first, including learning new software and making it work for their needs. “The whole concept of working with a network-based amplification system has been an exciting change,“ says Hamilton, “and we’ve had hands-on involvement with the RL amps and IRIS-Net/NetMax from the beginning. For this year’s rodeo, bringing NetMax on board has fine-tuned our system control even more, allowing us to respond to our telemetry in real time, for immediate adjustment and monitoring of the minutest details from any remote position. Every aspect of the whole X-Line system has really been a boost for LD Systems, from the superb sound quality to the complete Can-bus system control we have over each of the 108 amps and boxes with NetMax. It still sounds fantastic, but it’s much, much quicker now!“

Mike “Monk“ Shear, Audio Tech & Crew Chief, LD Systems, prepared the IRIS-Net software for the Houston Rodeo, rewriting last year’s file to use NetMax. If anyone knows how well IRIS-Net works in the real world, it’s Monk. Monk successfully handled audio for the recent X-Line-powered Pet Shop Boys tour as the sole sound crew member, largely thanks to IRIS-Net: “The speed of load in and set up is amazing using the X-Line / RL / IRIS-Net combination,“ says Shear, “instead of having to hook everything up, mute and unmute, and turn all the amps down, I can go online via IRIS-Net with a wireless tablet, mute and unmute from anywhere in the room, and tweak the levels so quickly that I don’t need another guy shouting across the room telling me he’s ready to turn up the next amp. I was the only crew guy on the Pet Shop Boys tour, and doing large theatres like Radio City Music Hall was no problem with the X-Line/IRIS-Net rig. I know all my speakers and cables are working properly without running back and forth to the deck. We can run pink noise through every amp from FOH position and literally get the green light (on each onscreen amplifier icon) if everything is running normally. Building a page to precisely suit your needs is a great thing; now, with the addition of NetMax to the rodeo system, we’re online with that same level of convenience and control, but six times faster!“

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Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Bosch Communications Systems

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.telex.com

James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Bosch Communications Systems

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582

james.edlund@us.telex.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

(952) 736-3935
guy.low@us.bosch.com
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