Touring with a 40-piece symphony orchestra in a range of venues, Smokie needed a sound system flexible enough to cover expansive arenas and smaller theatres.
Playing venues including the Czech Republic’s Tipsport Arena (cap. 13,150) in Prague, Hungary’s Papp László Budapest Sportaréna (12,500) and Slovenia’s Hala Tivoli (4,000) in Ljubljana, the band’s front-of-house (FOH) engineer Sean Greenaway chose an STM Series modular line array audio system by manufacturer Nexo, supplied by Czech distributor Rental Pro.
“We encountered some quite difficult rooms acoustically,” says Greenaway. “Yet with the system set-up, the Rental Pro team managed to ensure the whole of the arenas’ listening areas were covered with the full sound range.”
For an arena show, the Smokie PA was set-up with 12 sets of STM M46 main and B112 bass modules, plus two downfills of the STM M28 double 8” cabinets, and a total of 24 STM S118 subbass cabinets.
The largest venues added side-fill arrays of nine STM M28s. Front fill came from additional M28 cabinets, and a full complement of stage monitors, for the musicians, with main band members using in-ear monitors. Greenaway mixed on a Yamaha PM5D monitor console.