Gand Concert Sound (GCS), Elk Grove Village IL aka “The NEXO guys” recently completed a record summer month as well as their single largest day, by cabinet count, in the 39-year company’s history. “July has become the month to beat after last year’s record month for GCS,” states Gary Gand, President.
“We had 450 NEXO cabinets in use on one day in mid July.” said Tim Swan, Vice President. Chicago’s annual Pitchfork Music Festival, held in Union Park Red and Green stages were once again handled by GCS. Headliner’s included Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance the Rapper.
What kicked July over the top was the Tri-Annual ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) festival held at Detroit’s NFL home Ford Field. GCS and NEXO premiered the first arena-sized GEO T system in 2002 at the Georgia Dome. Gand has been handling this event for the last five sessions including the Alamo Dome in San Antonio TX and two festivals at the Superdome in New Orleans.
“We thought this would be a great opportunity to test out the newer NEXO STM rig which I heard outdoors at the NEXO factory in France,” Gand says. Yamaha team members assisted GCS in setting up the rig. The STM configuration consisted of 36 x STM M46 Mains, 36 x STM B112 Bass, 28 x STM M28 Side and downfills, 36 x STM S118 Subs, and 38 x NX4x4 amps. Thunder Audio of Livonia MI provided 24 x Geo-T speakers for delays.
The front end featured 4 x Yamaha CL5 consoles, a CL1 with Lake MY16 cards for summing all consoles, 4 x RIO3224-D and a RIO1608-D, creating one of the largest Dante networks to date (short of the recent Olympics).
Gary Gand noted that everyone from the ELCA agreed that this was the best sound ever for the event and that every seat in the house was covered in highly intelligible speech as well as gut wrenching music. From spoken word to whispers to acoustic duos, the 12 piece house band, earth shaking DJ’s, pounding metal bands, to gospel choirs, the STM system sailed right thru the challenges of the 80,000 seat stadium. ELCA Director Heidi Hagstrom said, “The sound was awesome.”
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