Whitchurch is a huge live charity event in Shropshire that required a similarly huge 10kw front of house sound system. The Whitchurch event needed a reliable turn-key solution that Blacka Acoustics were more than happy to provide. The system included 4 Blacka Acoustics Festival 12 mid/high cabs, 6 Blacka Acoustics BS18 Subwoofers and running them was the notorious Crown VZ5002. We used one of them for the subwoofers, one Crown iTech 8000 for the mid frequency range and one Crown XTi 2000 for the high frequencies, this powered the whole Front of House system. We selected the DBX Driverack 480 processor, the professionals choice.
Ten bands played in total and all used a Pearl shell kit, each drummer from the band provided themselves with their own cymbals/snare and drum throne. The monitor system alone topped 3.5Kw, the drummers had two Blacka FRW 1501 and the vocalists and musicians had a further six Blacka FRW 1501 (15” low frequency and 1” compression driver). The amps running the Blacka FRW 1501's were also Crowns from the XTi range, namely XTi 2000. As is the way of Blacka Acoustics, we only use the best of the best so only Shure BETA and AKG microphones were found on this gig, in the effects rack we used Yamaha SPX990, BSS Opal Graphic Equalizers (one EQ on FOH and four EQ’s on the 4 way monitor mix) The Sound Console used was the impressive Allen & Heath GL3300, a ‘world class’ mixing console with 32 channels of pure joy. The drums were gated with DBX DS201 and the vocals and bass were compressed with DBX DS221 the dual channel compressor. The event organisers also required to talk to each other during the show which was easy once Blacka Acoustics provided the Motorola MT6000e, which formally was the only Radios/Scanners used by the United Kingdom’s police force for many years.
As the mixing console needed to be central to the stage and fairly far away, Blacka Acoustics decided to use their big 48 send 16 return multicore, (80 metres long,) made by VDC Trading Ltd, the only main Vann Damme suppliers in the UK, Power was no problem either, we used our 63 amp 1 phase power distribution rack which provided the power for the amplification, stage and the console/effects power too. Blacka Acoustics also brought 6 BSS AR-133 direct injection boxes to convert the keyboard and acoustic guitars to the right signal level before entering our Van Damme multicore, this ensured the correct levels of signal entered the desk and did not overload the inputs.
Needless to say Tom Johnson the event organiser was extremely happy with all the solutions Blacka Acoustics provided and we hope to see him again at the next Whitchurch charity event.
Whitchurch Live Music Weekend