Monitor City takes Australia’s first Nexo STM
AUSTRALIA: Melbourne-based Monitor City has become the first PA rental company in Australia to purchase Nexo’s recently launched STM modular line array system, buying the cabinets from Nexo distributor Group Technologies.
Nexo STM (Scale Through Modularity) was launched to the market at Frankfurt Pro Light & Sound 2012, taking inspiration from the manufacturer’s classic Alpha Series of point source cabinets. The system has been designed around the concept of modularity, allowing rental companies to use each enclosure in the series – including the M46 Main cabinet, B112 Bass cabinet, and S118 Sub-bass cabinet – to deliver reinforcement for audiences of vastly different sizes.
Monitor City, founded in 2006 by live sound engineers and production managers Matt Dufty and Ade Barnard, is a long-term Nexo stockist. The company’s decision to purchase STM has been attributed to the system’s modular concept.
‘In this game, we have experienced being both the client and the supplier, so we get what the market is after,’ explained Mr Dufty. ‘We took a small amount of STM as soon as we could – 3 M46 Main cabinets and 3 B112 Bass cabinets per-side. That allowed us to do Angus Stone’s Australian tour with the system straight away. The results were great. We were ground-stacking and doing venues of between 550 to 1,100 capacity and we had headroom left every time. The FOH engineer really liked it and so it was a great start.’
That initial order was reportedly supplemented by six additional M46s and B112s per-side, with another three of each per-side arriving in February. ‘We plan to stock an arena-sized system that will also break down to many smaller PAs,’ Mr Dufty added. ‘I always really liked the sound of Alpha and when I first heard of STM I liked the concept from the start. We will have a big pile of STM and can do all the various jobs by adding more/less to the order.’
Mr Dufty continued that the STM cabinets are already being put to use including the 6,000-capacity Falls Festival and four stages of the Port Fairy Folk Festival, where stages range in capacity from 1,000 to 3,000.