The Wanna Play? Stage at the 2010 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., showcased Crest Audio® CV-20™ mixing consoles and Pro 200™ power amplifiers, providing four days of professional sound reinforcement for bands such as Jive Records artists The Dares and the finalists of the SchoolJam USA national battle of the bands competition.
Located outside the Anaheim Convention Center at the John Lennon Plaza, the Wanna Play? Stage drew crowds from the international NAMM convention’s audience of 87,000 attending music retailers, media and musicians. The stage is named after NAMM’s Wanna Play? public awareness campaign, which aims to encourage more people to play musical instruments.
Kent Morris, owner and operator of Atlanta-based Cornerstone Media Group, configured the system with six Peavey® Versarray™ 112 line-array enclosures per side, backed by four Versarray 218 subwoofers per side to handle the low frequencies. Crest Audio Pro 200 Series amplifiers provided power to the entire house system, with one Pro 9200 in bridged mode assigned to each subwoofer, and Pro 7200 amps for the mid and high frequencies of the Versarray 112 line-array enclosures.
Morris employed a 48-channel Crest Audio CV-20 mixing console with 48 mono inputs and eight stereo inputs at FOH for the festival-style gig. With full VCA control and dynamics on all outputs, the CV-20 combines the best characteristics of analog and digital consoles, allowing the FOH operator the benefit of storing mix settings and the convenience of making adjustments on the fly, anywhere in the mix.
“The CV-20 gives you the best of both worlds,” Morris said. “It operates like a digital board, without the limitations of only being able to see one channel at a time. In this live festival environment, you need the ability to move very quickly from channel to channel and have instant access of any parameter. Since the CV-20 is analog, you can see everything at once.
“The CV-20’s VCA functionality also proved invaluable. There are 128 assignable scenes in the VCA, so we could store all of the possible scenarios for later recall. With only five minutes of soundcheck for each band—not to mention some unscripted moments throughout the weekend—that ability helped us make seamless transitions, and keep the client and audience happy.”
A veteran of major concert tours such as Ozzfest, Rockstar® Mayhem, and Tim McGraw, the Peavey Versarray is a professional line array utilizing 4.75″ ribbon drivers and 12″ Black Widow® speakers with dual 4″ voice coils in a push-pull arrangement. The Versarray 218 subwoofers are designed with dual 18″ Lo Max® woofers and Peavey’s patented UniVent™ venting system, an exclusive design that pumps air through the enclosure as the woofers move, maintaining cool operating temperatures, increasing reliability and reducing power compression under heavy continuous-drive conditions.
“The Versarray system performed amazingly well all weekend, no matter what we threw at it—live music performances, spoken word and program music,” said Morris. “The Versarray gets loud but stays clear because of the ribbon drivers and dual voice coil speakers. These weren’t new speakers, either; this particular system has been on the road with us for years now.”
For monitors, Morris used a Crest Audio CV-20 console with 40 mono inputs and eight stereo inputs, with audio fed to Crest Audio Pro 5200 and Pro 8200 amplifiers to power a dozen Peavey QW® Series ML and MR wedge-style stage monitors.
The crew used Peavey VSX® 26 loudspeaker management systems for front of house and three VSX 48 units for monitor speaker processing; fourteen Peavey QF™131 31-band graphic equalizers for house and monitors; six Peavey CEL-2A™ compressors; and two Peavey Dual DeltaFex® for house processing.
Peavey microphones were used for the entire event, including the PVM™ DMS-5 drum microphone kit, which packages three PVM 328 tom mikes, one PVM 325 snare mike, one PVM 321 kick drum mike, and cables and clips in a road case. The Peavey PVM 22 and PVM 46 dynamic-style microphones with diamond-coated diaphragms were used for vocals, and the PVM 45ir and PVM 480 condenser-style models were used on overhead cymbals and hi-hat. An array of Peavey PDI™ direct interface boxes were employed for acoustic guitar and keyboard.
“NAMM was very pleased with the sound quality that this system provided for the performers at the Wanna Play? Stage,” said Kevin Johnstone, director of trade shows at NAMM. “We are very grateful for our relationships with NAMM members such as Peavey and for the quality of musical experiences we can provide on this stage for NAMM Show attendees and the general public.”
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).