Cerwin Vega powers Nascar Midway Fan Zone
WORLD: Cerwin Vega loudspeakers have been powering the Speedway Motorsports Inc (SMI) Sound Stage throughout the 2015 Nascar racing season, the centrepiece of midway activities on race day. The system was reportedly selected for its ability to provide ‘far-reaching audio output without overpowering up-close listeners’, but also had to content with a busy and noisy trackside environment to make itself heard.
‘If you’re going to be outside, you need durable equipment that sounds great across 150m of space,’ explained Pat O’Connor, POC Media CEO, which is in its sixth season of providing product marketing for SMI. ‘Cerwin Vega was our first choice for these events, because it’s simply the best-sounding and most reliable audio gear. We’re handling 11 racing weekends, with three races per weekend – from Bristol to Charlotte to Atlanta and more. I’ve been using Cerwin Vega since I was in my first band as a teenager – I still have the dual 15-inch speaker enclosure and it still works great – which tells you something about these speakers.’
Mr O’Connor and his front of house engineer, Andrew Roomberg, have settled on a configuration built around CVA 28 dual-8-inch powered loudspeakers. ‘We don’t need to hang line arrays because of the configuration we do by spacing four sets of three CVA 28 clusters,’ offered Mr O’Connor. ‘It gives us a satisfying, even, crystal-clear audio signal, which you would have a hard time obtaining with line arrays. What’s more, the stages have to withstand swirling and gusting winds, sometimes up to 50MPH. By using this cluster set up with Cerwin Vega speakers, there’s also less of a chance of torque happening.’
The CVA 28 full-range cabinets are joined by Cerwin Vega 118 subwoofers and six CW 2800 amplifiers. Completing the audio equipment list are Shure wired SM-58 and wireless Beta 58 microphones, Neumann KS 160 and Rode NT-2s used for drums and Shure Sm57s miking the guitar amps. A Midas M32 provides control at FOH.
‘A Nascar event is sensory overload at times,’ continued Mr O’Connor. ‘You can have 40 cars practicing while a live band is onstage. We need loudness, but it has to be balanced and even. The key with Cerwin Vega speakers is that you can get close to the stage without being overpowered, and far away but still hear the full frequency range – not just bass.
‘Being out with the crowds and entertaining them is very satisfying to me. When we put on a show at these races, there are 30 other attractions going on that the crowds can check out. The fact that our Cerwin Vega rig can hit 90dB at 150m with clean, clear sound and entice people to our sponsors’ attractions is exactly what we promised and why they hired us,’ he summarised. ‘The SMI Sound Stage has become the centrepiece of the midway fan zone at Nascar races, and Cerwin Vega’s outstanding sound has been a big part of this.’