Elevation, elevation, elevation..... elevation will trumph pattern control any day. If you can get the speakers high enough, line-cc-ps doesn't matter, chances are that coverage gets a lot more even the higher you can go. An extra 10K spent on lifts that go higher will probably be a lot better investment than a couple of extra boxes to get better pattern control.
I don't know. Local situation with 5 Wideline 10's about 18' at the top of the array....response is all over the map depending on where you ate...and absolute hell on the stage from about 500 and down. I would ground stack 2 KF 850's a side in that same space and it would be better in every aspect...IMO.
sure, but something is better than nothing if that is all you have. obviously, the proper tools would be better.
The problem is that a huge majority of the people using loudspeakers have been "brain washed" into thinking that a physically small horn will "somehow" have pattern control down into the lower octaves. NOT going to happen.And then you have small horns that are "rotatable" so that the pattern will be different-but ONLY for the top octaves-most of the time not even reaching down into the vocal range.Yet you will see posts ALL the time about if you rotate the horn you can get better coverage-BULL. Yes for the top octaves-but noting down where it is important-like in the speech range where you get intelligibility and such. The cabinet is still the same pattern as it was before-in most cases pretty omni.But the basic understanding of horn size and pattern control (which people talk about all the time) is largely misunderstood and they simply don't have any idea what they are talking about.You will even see spec sheets that state the pattern is consistent through the freq range-yet you can order the same cabinet (Front loaded "do dads" with a horn) with different pattern horns. So exactly how does this horn control the freq that the woofer if reproducing?I just wonder how many people that "spout off" about the coverage pattern of a speaker have every even looked the polar pattern-or even know how to READ a polar pattern.Just because it is in the spec sheet does not mean it is correct! or usable.
I've done a few shows now where all the client cares about is that the speakers are a line array....In addition to that, I think a lot of people who are just getting into their first array do suffer from budget constraints and don't buy enough boxes up front. You can search the boards here or other forums about people ditching their trap rigs and getting "two boxes a side, for now". I very very rarely hang less than 6 boxes, no matter what kind of array it is. 4 boxes might be enough horsepower, but when you start looking at vertical coverage, you'll see holes... which brings me to the next point. A lot of these small/entry level arrays are simply hung incorrectly. More than 2 minutes of thought should be put into determining angles of the array, and how/where it ends up hanging.
As for line arrays, deployment is more than just hanging them up or stacking them. It's understanding their characteristics and positioning them appropriately, and for a given array the positioning will be different in every situation. There is no "always set it up this way and it will always work" formula. A professional observer (such as many in this forum) may be able to identify a grossly mis-deployed line array, but to suggest a setup for a line array without proper modeling, you're just shooting from the hip. If you have experience with those particular boxes, you may be able to suggest a better setup, but it will still be far from ideal.
I guess you could hang arrays and just not connect them. Does Proptronics make line arrays?
How about line arrays stacked on the ground? Here is a photo of the outdoor stage at Stubb's BBQ in Austin TX. I believe these are Adamson Y-series, installed and operated by Big House Sound. The audience area slopes up to the rear. I've been to a number of shows here, and sound quality has never been disappointing.
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