Electro-Voice delivers at Crossroads festival
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
crossroadsThe two-day event benefits the Crossroads Centre substance-abuse rehabilitation facility in Antigua
USA - Founded and organised by Eric Clapton, the Crossroads Guitar Festival is a two-day music event and trade show that benefits the Crossroads Centre substance-abuse rehabilitation facility in Antigua. The 2019 edition was held at American Airlines Centre in Dallas, with the indoor arena augmented by an all-day outdoor Village Stage featuring special guests and surprise performances in a master clinic format, sponsored by Ernie Ball.
The sound system for the Village Stage was an Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X2 line-array loudspeaker system, powered by the latest Dynacord DSP amplifiers. Notable performers included John Mayer, Eric Johnson, Joe Robinson, Andy Timmons and Paul Reed Smith. The system was supplied by Gulf Coast Sound (Rayne, LA), with owner Larry Habetz doing most of the mixing for crowds of up to 5,000. Electro-Voice applications engineer Mike Reynolds was on hand as system tech.
The main PA consisted of twin nine-box arrays of X2-212/120, supported by eight ground-stacked X12-128 dual 18” subwoofers. Two EVC-1082 loudspeakers were deployed as front fills. The system was powered by seven of the new TGX20 DSP amplifiers by Dynacord, which enabled 96 kHz Dante audio with full redundancy. System monitoring and control were handled via Dynacord’s new SONICUE sound system software. Two Dynacord IPX10:8 multi-channel DSP amps powered the stage wedges.
On stage, the microphone deployment was also Electro-Voice based, with ND76 and ND86 dynamic vocal mics, and the ND44 handling the critical guitar amp duties. Drum mics included the ND44 and ND46 on snare and toms, ND66 overheads, and ND68 on kick drum.
Larry Habetz reports that the system was very well received by both artists and audiences. “The great thing about this system is that it’s accurate and transparent,” he says. “This show is all about tone, and the X2 really lets it shine. All these artists have their own distinctive sound. Our job was to deliver that sound accurately, and this EV line array makes that possible. We had nothing but compliments all weekend.”
Habetz notes that the accuracy and responsiveness of the Electro-Voice and Dynacord system is a perfect match for an event like Crossroads Guitar Festival. “The X2 system gives you the truth, and the new Dynacord amps really take it to the next level in terms of efficiency and system control,” he reports. “Once we were up and running, I knew we were in a great place sonically. But when a tone legend like Paul Reed Smith compliments your sound from the stage, it says a lot. That made it a great weekend, both for me and EV.”
(Jim Evans)

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