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SPL Systems Provides EAW For Big E Fair

Massachusetts-based SPL Systems recently provided sound reinforcement for the Big E, the Eastern States Exposition that takes place in West Springfield annually. “The KF line array is probably one of the nicest loudspeaker systems I have worked on. They are extremely scalable – we use it all summer long. For the Big E we use KF for both the main Xfinity Arena stage and the Court of Honor stage and everyone is always pleased with the result,” notes Bill Forbes, SPL Systems owner. Forbes flies left-right arrays made up of 10 KF740 per side. Sixteen ground stacked SB1000Z subwoofers spread low frequency throughout the area. Front fill is covered by four KF730 along the lip of the stage while out fill/wing fill is taken care of by a total of four KF850Z – two on each scaffold tower. Forbes provides a dozen MicroWedge MW12 stage monitors for use as needed. The Court Of Honor stage runs all 17 days of the Fair. Located under a 60 x 150-foot tent, the space features a stage and bench seating for 2,000. Forbes specified left-right arrays consisting of six KF730 per side. Six SB1000Z subwoofers are clustered on the ground for additional low end. Four MicroWedges are utilized for stage monitoring while Redline RL12 loudspeakers are positioned on the lip of the stage for front fill. Forbes equips a much smaller third stage with a pair of JFL213 loudspeaker and JFL118 subwoofers. The last day of the fair there was a country music festival on the Xfinity stage that required an additional stage and sound reinforcement system. SPL Systems teamed up with nearby Zasco productions to bring in the new RADIUS system for the second stage. Two arrays, each made up of four RSX208L, were hung to the left and right of the stage. Low end was reinforced by two RSX218 ground stacked below the arrays. “I have used the RADIUS system before with our friends at Zasco,” Forbes concludes. “It is easy to set-up and use, sounds great and the software is spot on. Everyone who has used it has nothing but good things to say and are very happy with the results. West Springfield based SCL Sound also helped by supplementing my KF inventory for the event.It was a tremendous success and much of that is due to the excellence of the EAW systems we provide.” 

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