Sound Design Deploys NEXO For “The Voice” Ireland

Date Posted: 30.04.2016

Mahony Hall at the Dublin venue, The Helix, equipped with STM M28 modular line arrays and N-12 stage monitors for TV talent show.

Rental company Sound Design has purchased NEXO’s STM M28 modular line arrays for Ireland’s edition of the TV talent show, ‘The Voice’, which is produced in the Mahony Hall at the Dublin venue The Helix.

This is Sound Design’s fifth consecutive year of providing sound reinforcement for the live shows, keeping things fresh by changing the auditorium PA from the NEXO GEO S8 compact line array to the more powerful M28 cabinets.

However, NEXO’s distinctive wedge-shaped 45°N-12 stage monitors remain in place, having become an integral part of the show’s design. Two circles, each formed out of 6x monitors, positioned in front of the famous red chairs to provide stereo monitoring mixes for the judges and dancers, are now a visual signature of the Irish version of the show.

Flown high over the stage, two arrays each with 6x STM M28 cabinets provide the main PA, with 3x RS15 subs hidden on each side of the theatre. Trimmed at just over 10 meters, the compact STM double 8-inch modules supply coverage for 800 seats.

Using NEXO’s proprietary NS-1 design and modeling software, Sound Design’s John Vickers has calculated inter-cabinet angles to achieve dispersion over some 23 metres from front row to top balcony with just 6 boxes. “And there’s plenty of headroom in the system,” he says, from his front of house console. “If I opened it up, I’d take their heads off.”

Mixing the live shows himself, Vickers is using about 64 channels of his Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, handling 48 RF channels, including some 20 in-ear systems for the on-stage performers. ‘The Voice’ is broadcast by Ireland’s premier national channel, RTE One.


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Customer Comments

Had the best weekend ever!! Huge thank you to everyone who came along. It was a dream come true to play to over 8000 people over the weekend! Big thanks to John Vickers for supplying us with the latest Nexo PA system.

Nathan Carter (Irish Musician)    Killarney INEC May 2016