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Among the bands performing were The Editors, Hard-Fi, The Slam Dunk Festival featuring Fall Out Boy as well as Snow Patrol, who ended the series with a sell-out show that proved to be their biggest headline performance to date.
To ensure the best possible sound coverage, Purple Pro Audio used the main Leeds City Council EV X-Array system in conjunction with 40KW of P2 Sub bass units in a line array configuration. Two XTA DP428 system control units [with WIFI remote] were used as a matrix to run the main flown and ground stacked system, delay towers, in-fills and provide complete control over the bass line array.
VDC Trading supplied a consignment of high quality custom wiring looms to ease the interconnection of the two discrete systems.
Martin Robinson, managing director of Purple Pro Audio, says: “I am very glad we took the advice from Beyerdynamic and invested in the WIFI kit because it was totally invaluable. I was able to walk around the site and make adjustments on the fly during sound check with Rabbit [Snow Patrol FOH] and during the event to adjust delays and compensate for audience, temperature, etc.”
Robinson adds that the VDC was chosen to supply cables for the event because its products offer such high quality. “VDC is very good at bespoke manufacturing, so we can specify exactly what we want,” he adds. “Also, because we do a lot of work with Leeds City Council, we often need cables branded with the LCC name or using a specific labelling protocol. VDC is always more than happy to do this for us.”
Purple Pro Audio was established 10 years ago and has grown to encompass a 24-track digital recording studio equipped with an Apple Mac G5 and Logic Pro system and wired with custom balanced jack looms from VDC. There is also a large live area, a vocal booth and three rehearsal rooms.
Recent studio clients have included The Cribs, T-Rex, Stateless and Nightmares on Wax, while the rehearsal rooms attract a steady flow of business from the local bands that make up Leeds’ thriving live music scene.