…As the 1100-LFC gracefully reproduced the low frequencies, my stomach and clothes jumped to the rhythm of the music. At both high and low SPLs, instead of hearing the usual straining of components, I heard a very musical sound with the dynamic depth of the instruments.”
Jonathan DeansSound Designer
Since it began shipping in June 2012, the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element has been used in numerous applications and demonstrated its ability to reproduce low-frequency transients at high continuous levels with very low distortion. The 1100-LFC has supported massive live concerts as part of the much-praised LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, and was used to test the human response to extreme low frequencies in a Mythbusters experiment. In December 2012, the 1100-LFC won a Pro Audio Review PAR Excellence Award.
Most recently, the 1100-LFC has been specified for a forthcoming resident Cirque du Soleil production. This is the 1100-LFC’s first Las Vegas installation, featuring a MILO, MICA, and M’elodie line array loudspeaker-based sound system specified by sound designer Jonathan Deans.
Deans recalls the first time he heard the 1100-LFC: “I was standing about 15 feet away and, as the 1100-LFC gracefully reproduced the low frequencies, my stomach and clothes jumped to the rhythm of the music. At both high and low SPLs, instead of hearing the usual straining of components, I heard a very musical sound with the dynamic depth of the instruments.”
The 1100-LFC has also been added to Big Thrill Productions’ inventory, and has proven to be a perfect low-frequency companion to their M’elodie line array loudspeaker systems in churches and small theatres.
“Some people might think the 1100-LFC is too powerful to go with M’elodies, but we feel it’s a great complement to a smaller line array,” says Shaun Bennett, vice president and COO of Big Thrill. “We’ve found that the 1100-LFC is more than just a sub. It generates feeling and energy without being overpowering.”
George Relles of Eugene, Ore.-based George Relles Sound was one of the first companies to deploy the 1100-LFC with a MICA system. “The 1100-LFC is highly powerful,” Relles says. “I never saw a limit light come on during the entire summer, not even with acts like Slightly Stoopid.”
Relles also appreciates its logistical benefits. “I need fewer boxes, and that translates into less weight and truck space,” he adds. “My trucks have to stay under 26,000 lbs, and before [the 1100-LFC] there were times when I needed a second truck. Now everything goes into one truck, and I have the same—or even more—impact in the low frequencies.”
A number of other rental companies have also added the 1100-LFC to their rental inventory in recent months. These include Rock ‘n’ Road Audio of Tucker, Ga., and Mid-Coast Sound of Nashville, Tenn., which has successfully used the 1100-LFC at a concert for the rap artist Wale, and as musical support for Thunder over Louisville, North America’s largest annual fireworks show.