When the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) has crowds of up to 10,000 coming to pay homage to Japanese anime and manga, the organisation behind the event has to make sure that the audio system is both powerful enough and flexible enough to cope with the array of offerings that include live music, contests, panel discussions and more.
2012’s MTAC Omega – as the event was dubbed this year – was themed around surviving the end of the world and how post-apocalyptic settings are prevalent in anime, manga and Japanese popular culture. With such lofty themes, the event saw appearances and performances by the likes of Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Eric Stewart, Kyle Hebert, Jason Charles Miller, Pinn Panelle, Head Phones President, Jason David Frank, Kaiju Big Battel, Yad Mui, DJs Proxxy and Lantern, Richard Epcar, Ellyn Stern and Notorious MSG.
It was up to audio experts Event Systems Productions, based in Nashville, to make sure that the system behind MTAC Omega was up the job, and that meant putting their faith in the power and reliability of Lab.gruppen and Lake.
“It has always been a goal of mine to own cadillac amplifiers,” said Brandon Cole, owner of Event Systems Productions. “After finally making the jump to Lab.gruppen, I could clearly tell the difference of headroom and clarity from my previous brand of amplifier. Considering it is the main part of the rig, it’s a must to have the best in power. This particular event is a growing event that has switched to a new venue, and considering its size, headroom was a must. Lab.gruppen has always delivered when it comes to slamming the PA without sacrificing quality.”
At MTAC Omega, the main event area was in the Main Ballroom of the Nashville Convention Center, with 8 Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q amplifiers powering an EV XLC127DVX 3 way Line Array. Since the PLM Series comes with integrated Lake Processing, it provides further benefits for companies like Event Systems Productions, as Cole testifies. “Convenience has been a demanding situation in this business. Having integrated processing allows me to free up rack space and truck weight. Considering the PLMs hardly weigh anything, I also get to take a load off my back, comparing them to my previous brand of amplifier.”
The rig also had 12 EAW SB850 subwoofers, with processing being handled by stand alone LM 26 units. The LM Series’ easily programmable EQ and delay capabilities allow quick reconfiguration for use with either self-powered loudspeaker applications or in multiway systems using separate power amplifiers. Audio performance is impeccable in every respect, as Cole comments. “I particularly use the LM26’s for ‘1 over 1’ events and for driving subs on my main room. The (Rave) part of MTAC Omega is a crucial 6 hour event and demands bass at all times. Lake Processing has proven to me better quality and tighter low end than my previous processors.”
Summing up his experiences of using the kit on MTAC Omega, Cole said: “I am proud to be using Lake and Lab.gruppen products. The sound quality is a night and day scenario when compared to a lot of my previous products. There’s simply no comparison. Event Systems Productions is definitely a Lab.gruppen and Lake user for life!”