Solutions for unique applications

When deciding to invest in a medium-format line array sound system for Monster Productions, company director, Lloyd Wild and his team looked at a wide range of options, and after much consideration, decided that the Radius series from EAW was the best system for their specific needs.

According to EAW, the Radius RSX212L couples unique and intelligent features with the company’s signature acoustical

design to deliver solutions for rental firms and system integrators. The Radius articulated array features OptiLogic, providing automatic array self-detection and instant optimisation including air loss compensation and more. EAW mosaic™ app provides total system optimisation from anywhere in the venue, plus intuitive room design and prediction in a single, comprehensive application.  With the proven sonic performance of EAW’s acoustic design and DSP mastery, plus full Dante integration across the line, the Radius series delivers an intelligent and flexible system to fit any budget.

EAW President, TJ Smith with Jeremy and Kenton Forsythe at ISE 2019

Investing for the future

When asked why Monster Productions decided to opt for the EAW system, Wild states: “We have had EAW sound equipment as a part of our rental inventory for some years, and in my experience, EAW produces very robust products that have low failure rates, and you can push the system when you need to. The cost of repairs is very competitive and Surgesound, the official distributors of EAW in South Africa, have consistently provided us with very solid service and support over the years.”

While a number of the smaller Radius RSX 208Ls are already in circulation with various rental houses, Monster Productions is the first rental company in South Africa to take delivery of the larger EAW Radius RSX212L system, and Wild feels that having a unique solution that is highly adaptable and scalable will enable him to service a niche market in South Africa. “We understand our customers, and while there are a number of very reputable production companies that are well equipped to service the big international riders, there are not as many servicing the medium to large local events, such as sports festivals, outdoor festivals and larger corporate events.

“The EAW Radius RSX212L represents cutting-edge technology from a company that we know we can trust. The fact that the system is self-powered means that we can service a wide range of venues and the system’s modular ability makes it very adaptable and scalable,” Wild points out.  “We do everything from corporate events to smaller outdoor festivals, and for the capital investment, this is a very high-quality line array that promises to deliver a return on our investment in the years ahead,” he concludes.

Delivering the goods

Monster Productions were called in to provide sound for the recent Varsity Cup rugby game between North West University and the University of Johannesburg, televised on Supersport from the UJ Stadium on February 4, 2019. In addition to giving the company the chance to show their credentials as a turnkey solutions provider in the live events sector, it also allowed them to debut their newly-acquired Radius RSX212L.

According to Curwin Jeffries – onsite production manager – the new system was so freshly unpacked that they had to start their afternoon by striking the contingency system, and then cutting and re-wiring the EAW Radius RSX212L US-ready plugs to be able to run on South African power outlets. “Converting the plugs was the only stress we had today. But we had a good team here, and as long we’re working together, I’m happy – I know we’re on top of it.”

As Jeffries explains, the EAW Radius RSX212L is perfectly suited to outdoor events such as the Varsity Cup because the built-in technology allows the sound to travel further distances with higher fidelity. “If we were using a system that wasn’t based in line array technology, we’d need ten times more gear than we have here – and it wouldn’t allow us to dial in the throw length we needed.”

Run through a DiGiCo SD9 sound desk, the full, rounded sound of the system excelled when carrying both DJ music and the voices of presenters and announcers into the stands, adding enormously to the vibrant atmosphere inside the UJ Stadium. Its sleek, sophisticated design was a barely-noticeable addition to a small section of the athletics track encircling the field – providing a powerful sound solution without obstructing anyone’s view of the action.

In the wake of its debut, Jeffries was excited by the prospect of future applications for the system – such as live music events – pointing out that, “What you see here, in terms of the speaker array, that’s not even half of what the system can do.”

A promising future

ETECH recently had the opportunity to speak with EAW company president TJ Smith, together with founding members Jeremy and Kenton Forsythe, at their stand at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), held in Amsterdam between 5 and 8 February.

“There have been a lot of changes in the past cycle at EAW – but these have been necessary and extremely positive for the company,” Smith states. “Under our past parent company, many of our operations and functions were centrally managed – affording us a rather narrow range of control. RCF acquired EAW earlier this year, and under their umbrella, we have been resourced and encouraged to maintain our independence and pursue future growth on our own terms. RCF understands the pro-audio business, and therefore understands what it takes to be successful in a highly competitive market, and they are supporting us accordingly.”

Director of product management at EAW, Jeremy Forsythe concurs, stating that: “We now have the capital and inventory necessary to respond to market demand, which has been a challenge in the past. Also, we have been able to hire engineers and expand our research and development activities, which will result in new products entering the market that are designed to meet the very specific needs of our customers,” Forsythe states.

The leadership team at EAW have also extended a guarantee that all EAW products will be supported globally, and its distributors empowered to ensure that servicing and repairs will continue to be carried out efficiently and effectively.

“The structural changes at EAW have set the company on a trajectory to reclaim our leadership position in the market, and we are very excited about the future,”

-TJ Smith, EAW Company President

For more information about EAW’s extensive range of pro-audio solutions in South Africa, please contact http://surgesound.co.za/