This October, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) electronic music conference and festival returned to its namesake city, hosting more than 1,000 events ranging from performance and seminars to product demonstrations, conferences, interactive workshops, and parties. For the third year, ADE partnered with Pioneer Pro Audio to provide sound systems for its 12 pop-up venues.
One of the unique challenges at ADE is providing sound systems that can support both speakers and bass-heavy dance music. The solution came in Pioneer’s XPRS system, which features EQ modes. “For the seminars when people are just talking, there’s no need to have low-end response pumping out of the system. So, we just put the XPRS series into speech mode,” explains Pioneer Pro Audio Manager Alex Barrand. “Later on, we can switch to Bass Plus mode, where you still get the vocal response but also when presenters are playing music, it engulfs the room more with the low end.”
Because the speakers have a tilt function, their orientation can be adjusted to suit each session. “We’re able to tilt the boxes down, so when everyone is sitting down for the seminars, they don’t have the high frequencies shooting over their heads,” Barrand explains, adding that the speakers’ flat response “not only produces a true replication of the music, but it also allows you the scope to EQ the system to actually become a part of the room, not work against it.”
Barrand says that the active XPRS Series is ideal for use in venues such as hotels or cafes that don’t have infrastructure for large, power-hungry systems. “We don’t have to run all the usual speaker cables plus the amplifier,” he explains. “Using the active XPRS Series, with its power factor correction, really minimizes the load draw on the power of the venue.”