NEXO STM Arrays Adapt With Couleur Cafe


Big changes at the Couleur Café, Belgium’s largest urban contemporary music festival when the event moved to a new venue in Brussels. On the audio front, Arto delivering NEXO concert PA systems for three stages. On the largest RED stage the acts performed with NEXO’s STM modular line arrays in front of a 25,000-capacity crowd. 15 sets of STM M46+B112 per side were flown with 4x S118 subs per side, above a further 20x STM S118s on the ground (per side) in cardioid mode. The smaller STM main cabinets (M28) were used for downfill and frontfill. Arrays of 9x GEO S12 per side were used for out

fills. Backing up the Arto team was Val Gilbert, NEXO Engineering Support manager for Touring and Rental. For the second GREEN stage, the main PA comprised NEXO’s smaller STM Main module, the M28., in left and right arrays of 12x cabinets, paired with 6x B112 bass elements per side, and 8x S18 subs per side. As with the main RED stage, NEXO’s classic Alpha boxes were stacked as stage fills. The third small BLUE stage was also equipped with NEXO, using 9-module GEO D arrays per side, with CD18s for subbass. FOH systems engineer for Arto is Christophe Loncour, now one of the most experienced STM Series users in Europe. “With the festival being at a new location, with logistics up in the air, it was essential that we could get the system up as quickly as possible. STM allows us to fly the PA very fast, plug in and switch on. We spent very little time tuning. More important, the system performed precisely as the original NS-1 prediction software told us it would, both in terms of coverage and tonal response.”






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