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Tech News (more headlines) 05-01-2014

Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers And PowerMatch® Amplifiers Chosen For High Profile Artist Performances Across Multiple Venues At Sundance Film Festival

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Keynote concert performances at Park City Live and the Montage hotel both rely on Bose® RoomMatch® speakers for shows by leading artists including Ludacris, O.A.R., Matisyahu, Kaskade, Dash Berlin, Nervo, Lee Dewyze, John Popper, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Richie Sambora and KT Tunstall

Framingham, Massachusetts, April 29, 2014 – The Sundance Film Festival, the premier showcase for independent film, held each January in Park City, Utah, has seen its live music element increase substantially in recent years. And each evening, through events ranging from panels to live performances, music plays a key role in the festival experience at a variety of venues throughout the town. This year, a popular club venue in Park City – Park City Live (PCL) – was equipped with a new RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems in time for 11 nights of musical performances by leading artists, including O.A.R., Matisyahu, Kaskade, Nervo, Dash Berlin, Ludacris and Steve Aoki. In addition, a second, temporary venue at the exclusive Montage Deer Valley hotel and ski resort hosted shows by O.A.R. (in a rare acoustic set), John Popper, Richie Sambora, KT Tunstall, Lee Dewyze and others. These shows also utilized a Bose RoomMatch system set up specifically for shows during the Sundance Film Festival.

At PCL, the Bose® RoomMatch® system was composed of two arrays, each consisting of RM5505, RM7010, RM9020 and RM12040 loudspeaker modules. At the front of the stage were eight RMS215 subwoofers and eight RMS218 VLF subs. These were powered by 15 Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N networked amplifiers and managed by three Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 Engineered Sound Processors. At the Montage hotel, the P.A. system was made up of two RoomMatch groundstack configurations, each containing RM12020 and RM9010 modules with a RMS215 and a RMS218 VLF sub. These were powered by four PM8500N amps and used a single ESP-00 processor. In both venues, the Bose RoomMatch systems covered a range of styles, genres and dynamics, providing clear, clean, high SPL sound that was always smooth across all frequencies.

“This is a music festival inside a film festival,” observes Kathryn Burns, a longtime Park City resident who took over Park City Live in 2012 and has transformed it into the town’s premier music venue. She knows the value of a sound system that can handle any type of music and present it to a highly sophisticated audience. “The RoomMatch speakers sound amazing,” she says. “People are not walking in expecting this level of sound quality. Many times attendees complimented the sound, and the fact that it sounded amazing no matter where you were in the room.”

O.A.R. front-of-house mixer Michael Larcey felt the same way about his experience mixing the popular band through the Bose RoomMatch system. “It has an incredibly smooth sound for vocals,” he says. “I mixed through it in two very different kinds of rooms from one night to the next, from PCL to the Montage, but I heard lots of the same characteristics in each space. There’s just a real consistency and smoothness to it that you don’t hear in other systems.”

Alfred “Al-Tee” Williams, FOH for the Ludacris show at Park City Live, stated, “I had never mixed a Ludacris show using Bose RoomMatch array loudspeakers. During sound check, I walked all around the main floor then up to the balcony VIP sections – I was amazed at how good the coverage was in all areas – very smooth everywhere. But the real test came when I played some tracks for sound check that contained some really deep bass parts. His song, 'How Low Can You Go' has a drop-tone that goes below 30 Hz and many subwoofers just cannot handle this at the sound levels we need. I was blown away by the low-bass depth and impact that the RoomMatch subwoofers provided. I’m telling all my buddies, 'You’ve got to check out these new Bose RoomMatch subwoofers!'”

Sean Quackenbush, house mixer at the Montage venue during Sundance, as well as for steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph, has had several experiences with the RoomMatch system and has nothing but praise for its ability to tame even the most challenging of environments. “RoomMatch is an amazing piece of technology,” he says. “It sounds great with very little processing at all.”

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