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WorxAudio Hits The Road With John Mellencamp

FOH Staff • News • August 17, 2006

GREENSBORO, NC–When John Mellencamp tours, he does so in grand fashion. While Clair Brothers Systems handle the hardware for sound reinforcement, it's not uncommon to find WorxAudio Technologies' TL.218SS Sub Bass System filling in the bottom end. Independent sound engineer John Robbins, who for over twenty years has served as Mellencamp's trusted sound engineer and also works FOH (front of house) for another classic rock icon–Steely Dan–recently discovered WorxAudio's TL.218SS Sub Bass System. For Mellencamp, he assembled a rig consisting of four TL.218SS subwoofers powered by Crown Macro-Tech 3600VZ power amplifiers in bridged mono to each speaker. With two enclosures on each side of the stage and approximately 54 feet between sides, Robbins reports he had more bottom end than he ever imagined possible.

"I fed the TL.218SS via an auxiliary send off the Midas XL4 console from FOH," states Robbins. "The WorxAudio subwoofers really filled up the floor areas. Anyone that was in the first 12 rows had plenty of bottom end, and this continued throughout the venue. I was tempted to turn them down a bit just to make it easier on the folks in the first several rows."

The Mellencamp tour was going full tilt during April, with dates that included Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Conn., US Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington, Ill., and La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. "We were working quite a few large format venues," said Robbins, "and never once did I have the slightest reservation about the low end capabilities of the TL.218SS enclosures."

"What's particularly attractive about this subwoofer is that to get so much SPL at that low frequency, you normally have to use a lot more cabinets," continued Robbins. "Given the power these cabinets support, there was a remarkably small footprint on the stage floor. In this day and age, the bottom line guys–the accountants and production managers–want smaller, louder systems. They don't want all that extra equipment in the trucks, because the more weight you have to ship, the higher the show's expenses. So in this respect, the WorxAudio boxes are right on the money–in addition to their sound capabilities."

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