Straubing, April 2008 It’s been around four weeks now since the ProLight+Sound/Musikmesse 2008 in Frankfurt, but there’s one topic that continues to fuel discussion in the pro audio forums: the performance of the DYNACORD VariLine in the Agora marquee. There was some scepticism among audio insiders when they first glimpsed the compact, flown system: Could the VariLine really generate enough sound pressure for acts like ex-Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody (at the international reception) or guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen (at the Fender party), and was the system, which is equally suitable for touring and installation, really sufficiently versatile to handle acoustic bands, drum solos and metal?
The answer on both counts was a resounding ‘YES!’, and the performance of the system was soon the topic not of heated debate (because there was unanimity) but of heated discussion in pro audio forums, where. the DYNACORD VariLine garnered rave reviews. (“It really does sound good,” “… has a very modern sound,…” “…an unbelievably good stage configuration!”).
At the FOH position in the Agora marquee, the performance of the VariLine made an equally favourable impression. Achim Lanzendorf of In-Your-Ear Sound Engineering was working at the ProLight+Sound for the production firm Padco AG, which has been responsible for the sound in the Agora marquee from time immemorial. “The first time we cranked up the system,” says Lanzendorf, “we got a real surprise. The ratio of the output to the size of the system is unbelievable!” But the versatility of the VariLine is something that Lanzendorf, who has been active in the professional sound reinforcement sector for over 15 years, found equally astonishing. “In the Agora marquee, we had everything from jazz to metal to deal with – the full bandwidth – yet we never encountered the slightest acoustic problem with any of the acts.”
For Lanzendorf, who has worked with companies like Clair Brothers on the sound reinforcement for mega events like “Michael Jackson & Friends” and “Rock in the Park”, the maiden voyage of the VariLine (his own first encounter with the system, we mean) went as smoothly as you could imagine: “The works presets performed outstanding service and made our job considerably easier,” he says.
Adds Lanzendorf’s colleague, Rainer Kremer of Bionic Art, who was also engaged by Padco as a FOH engineer: “All that was left to handle were a few details – matters of taste, that’s all.” Kremer, too, boasts around 15 years’ experience as a professional sound reinforcement engineer and can point to references such as the “Bundesvision Song Contest”, “Rock am Ring” and the John Fogerty Tour 2007. “We hardly had to touch the EQ,” he recalls. “And that was something that really impressed all of us.”
The DYNACORD VariLine speakers were driven by FIR-filter-equipped DYNACORD Power-H 5000 power amplifiers.