Martin Audio powers four stages at Riot Fest
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
riot-fest-pressRiot Fest offered challenges in terms of controlled coverage on site
USA - Marking the popular event’s 15th anniversary, this year’s Riot Fest was successfully reinforced by Technotrix with Martin Audio MLA, WPL and WPC line arrays on four stages in Chicago’s Douglas Park.
With a variety of high-powered artists ranging from Slayer, Anthrax, The Flaming Lips, Violent Femmes and Bikini Kill to The Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Wu Tang Clan and the Village People, Riot Fest offered some particular challenges in terms of controlled coverage on site and noise mitigation off site.
As Technotrix Audio lead, Brent Bernhardt, points out, “As always, there’s a commitment to keeping off site noise to an absolute minimum. We’re still avoiding the same two hospitals behind and alongside Stages 1 and 2, along with neighbourhoods around the festival.”
Asked about using Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL) system for the first time, Brent responds, “It was very impressive to have virtually the same amount of control we get from an MLA rig with only slightly less resolution. WPL was very good and the tonality wasn’t lacking either, while the onsite coverage was uniform and consistent as well.
“On site coverage for Stages 1 and 2 is always a challenge as they fire into the rear of 4 and 5,” Brent continues, “especially this year because of gusty wind conditions on the first day of the festival. We’ve never used delays with MLA because it throws further than any other PA, even under adverse weather conditions.
“WPL was able to provide exceptional sound quality and tonal characteristics for a wide variety of genres, something that applied to all of the stages in terms of Martin Audio. MLA, WPL, WPC and all of their products work well for all styles of music.”
The setup for Stage 1 (Riot) included 12 Martin Audio MLA per side and one MLD, with four W8LC as front-fill stacked evenly across the front of the stage on top of the MLX subs.
The setup for Stage 2 (Roots) was the same as Stage 1 without MLA Compact for VIP fill. Kyle Bulmann, FOH engineer for Stage 2, explains, “We were covering approximately 400 ft. and wanted to maintain the intelligibility as far out into the audience as possible.
For Stage 4 (Radical), the setup included 10 Martin Audio WPL a side powered by iK42’s using two-box resolution, 15 SXH218 subs in five equally stacked clusters of three, horizontally spaced across the front of the stage with the middle sub in each cluster reversed for cardioid. Four WPC were deployed for front-fill across the downstage edge and there were also 14 XE300 wedges powered by iK42s as well as an SX218 sub, with a W8C on top for the drums.
Stage 5 (Rebel) was equipped with eight Martin Audio WPC a side powered by iK42’s, with two-box resolution along with four WPM for front fill evenly distributed on the lip of the stage. For the low end, there were 16 WSX subwoofers in stacks of two across the front of the stage in a broadside array. There were also 10 XE300 wedges, one SX218 with W8C per side for side-fill and an SX218 and W8C on top for drum-fill.
Festival production manager Grant Simmon comments: "Martin Audio continues to back Riot Fest not only with its impressive audio systems, but also its support. This was a tough year for Riot with sustained winds of 30mph. Once we knew we were in for a fight, we reprogrammed all the PA's and were able to stay show-ready through what would could be described as ‘weather just barely good enough to have a show.’"
(Jim Evans)

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