Fed Square gets Nexo and DiGiCo solution
AUSTRALIA: Corporate Vision Australia recently specified and installed a Nexo Geo S12 PA alongside a DiGiCo SD9, both distributed by Group Technologies, for Melbourne's Federation Square (Fed Square). Fed Square has received more than 85 million visits since the precinct opened in 2002 and hosts in excess of 2,000 events a year.
Fed Square is comprised of several multi-purpose event spaces designed to host a plethora of cultural, performance and art-based festivals year around. At the heart of Fed Square is a large plaza, which has held up to 8,000 people during high-profile events such as New Years Eve, The Royal Visit and White Night 2013.
With the central Fed Square stage being surrounded by bars, office buildings and being amidst Melbourne CBD, the system needed to be able to throw across the stage evenly without spilling outside of the designated areas. The PA is comprised of 10 Geo S1210s, two Geo S1230s, four RS 15 Subs, eight PS15s for fold back and three 4x4 NXamps to power the entire system.
‘For us, it was about what suited the venue,’ said Bryce Moseley, head of production at Fed Square. ‘The PA has been very good for us, It does exactly what we need it to. We split it up into different configurations, running it ground stacked and flown to suit our needs around the square. It is solid, reliable, adaptable and sounds great! It fits a venue like ours perfectly allowing us to build a PA to suit the various spaces.
‘The SD9 has been used as the main FOH console,’ he enthused. ‘It's excellent. Just like the GeoS12, it fits the venue perfectly. We are able to run MADI via the underground core from FOH to the Plaza Stage, and setup time is quick and it is easy to get running. We usually bring in another SD9 when we run a bigger show then simply split the signal with DiGiCo's “little red box”. We run one SD9 for monitors and one at FOH.’
Mr Moseley added that he has ‘had nothing but compliments from our engineers, clients and audiences about the quality of sound at Fed Square. We are very happy with the PA so far. It has been an integral part of the infrastructure at Fed Square, it is a trusted piece of equipment that has delivered what it promised.’