Martin Audio WPL keeps pace with CarFest South

Martin Audio WPL keeps pace with CarFest South

Martin Audio WPL keeps pace with CarFest South

Now 11 years old, Chris Evans’ popular CarFests show no signs of running out of gas as some 50,000 people turn out again at Laverstoke Park Farm near Overton, Hampshire, which is owned to 1979 Formula 1 world champion Jody Scheckter for CarFest South. Inaugurated by Evans in 2011, the event raises funds for children in need.

The event is a regular customer of SWG Events, partners of Martin Audio, the South West-based production company, which provided a full sound and light package. This included their market-leading Martin Audio WPL line network, which provided sound reinforcement to a wide range of artists. These included Kaiser Chiefs, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Tom Odell, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Faithless Soundsystem, James Blunt, Judge Jules, Bob Marley Revival and Rick Parfitt Jnr, Paloma Faith and Steps.

The fast performance area is built around three differently configured stages flanking a DJ stage occupied by Chris Evans himself, all lined up.

SWG Events has traditionally deployed its W8LC, but this year this old Martin Audio system was redeployed to delay tasks (in two out of eight times) as its new Wavefront Precision (WPL) took pride of place. The two main 12 WPL blockers were driven in 2-box resolution from iKON iK42 process controlled amplifiers, as was a 12 WPL stage blocker. Six additional WPCs on each side provided between-stage fills, while in front, 20 Martin Audio SXH218 subwoofers were installed in a wide array to provide LF extension.

Additionally, four stacks of two W8LCs were deployed for front fill on the larger of the stages with an additional 16 W8LMs for front fill on the lip of the smaller two. Finally, 32 Martin Audio XE500 stage wedges were placed on the two main performance stages.

With two stages constantly spinning, it was a high-energy show, as SWG’s Simon Purse, who had overall audio responsibility, explained. And with many artists bringing in their own sound engineers and control, the FOH position was well filled with mixers.

SWG put together an experienced crew, with Ryan Bass and Adam Andrews at FOH providing mixing duties when needed, while Matt Pope and Olly Hayward patrolled the stage. The overall project manager was Ian Williams.

Although the two-day festival was subject to sudden weather changes, the sound system performed admirably and the sound team was able to reach levels of up to 98 dBa in FOH, while meeting the offsite threshold. of 65dB. These were defined by noise consultant Simon Joynes of Joynes Nash Acoustic Consulting.

Simon Purse said: “We work a lot with Joynes Nash; they know MLA [the precursor of Wavefront Precision] and realize that it is a useful tool for municipalities when it comes to environmental noise at sensitive sites.

He added that since SWG Events acquired WPL earlier this summer, the system has never been in the warehouse. “It has absolutely proven itself and has been out almost every weekend since we bought it. We are now able to appease local councils as well as satisfy visiting sound engineers.

Summarizing CarFest, he said: “The venue is challenging because it’s so big, and the fact that all the stages happen more or less simultaneously and share the same sound system, certainly keeps everyone engaged. But we succeeded; WPL worked very well and we will definitely use it again here.

Simon Joynes accepted. “This system deployment continues to provide benefits in controlling offsite noise, measured against comparable events,” the consultant noted.

Martin Audio WPL keeps pace with CarFest SouthMartin Audio WPL keeps pace with CarFest South

October 25, 2022

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