Requiring headroom and ease of set-up from their audio system, REO Speedwagon have decided to use an al-Class line array system by manufacturer VUE following their use of the system at 6,500-capacity Star of the Desert Arena in Nevada.
Supplied by Las Vegas-based HAS Productions, the system used VUE’s Continuous Source Topology (CST) to combine different al-Class array elements for optimal coverage.
The band deployed left and right CST clusters, including eight, large-format al-12 elements above four medium format al-8 elements, providing down fill. Side fill was provided by two al-4 arrays, each consisting of eight subcompact al-4 elements. Ten VUEDrive V6 series and two V4 series system engines delivered power for the arrays.
For low frequency, HAS matched the array with 12 hs-221 ACM subwoofers spanning the front of the stage. Sound-Image monitors and a pair of DiGiCo SD12 consoles completed the system.
According to HAS CEO Larry Hall, “The VUE line arrays always amaze me with their configurability and headroom. REO’s front-of-house engineer was very impressed, like so many engineers who get their first chance to mix on a VUE rig when they come through this venue.”
The Reo Speedwagon tour continues at Cincinnatti Ohio’s Riverbend Music Center (cap. 20,500), Indianapolis’s Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center (24,800) and Michigan’s DTE Energy Music Theatre (15,450) in Clarkston.