CHICAGO, Ill.âŽ¯Gand Concert Sound (GCS) of Glenview, IL a.k.a â€˜The NEXO Guys' recently brought a NEXO Alpha sound system up to the top of the Wit, one of Chicago's hippest hotels. The penthouse open-air bar, called Roof, was turned into a rock club with music by 80's new wave rockers â€˜Missing Persons' and 90's power pop headliner â€˜Letters to Cleo', whose lead singer, Kay Hanley, is best known for providing the movie voice of Josie in â€˜Josie and the Pussycats'.
The PA consisted of NEXO Alpha ALEF three-way tops and ALS2 subs, Camco Vortex 6 power amps, NEXO NX242 controllers, ten NEXO PS10 monitors and an LS500 sub for drums. A Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console was used at front of house. “The rooftop gig at the WIT posed some unique challenges,” states Garrett Lane, GCS monitor engineer. “Thank goodness the PS10s deliver so much SPL in such a small footprint. To my surprise, I was asked to bring some channels down in the monitors!”
Crew chief Gary Gand said, “This venue has a very posh concrete and steel bar, which we put staging over, and lots of high-style decoration, such as glass walled fire pits and spandex umbrellas that were not production-friendly. We were walking on egg shells all day to make sure we could rock the crowd in a totally safe way and without risk to the decoration.”
The biggest challenge of the set up, Gand says, was the sophisticated roof tile drainage system. “The entire patio is ceramic tile floating on plastic and rubber so when it rains, the water drains through the floor onto a membrane roof underneath. We opted to pull the tiles in places where weight would be concentrated, and stack cabinets and staging directly on plywood over the membrane.”
GCS front of house engineer Bob Murr said, “The Yamaha LS9-32 is great; I used entirely onboard everything: EQ, comps, gates, 'verbs, and delays. Despite not getting power to our distro from the venue until the absolute last second, I was able to sneak some AC from an inside bar, did all my pre-programming and saved it, before sound check. The compact size of the console helped with hoisting gear up to the rooftop, and fitting in a small cornerâŽ¯nearly off of the roof!”
No complaints were filed over sound levels by neighbors, so the Roof Live concert series will continue throughout the summer.
For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gand.com.
For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.