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A Man

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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2006, 11:24:16 pm »

If the Prism rig is indeed on Ozzfest this summer, I'll be on it every day. I have used it once before at a radio station fest and typical to a festival, we only got a line check and yada-yada-yada so I don't think it would be fair to give an assessment based on that one day. I really look forward to mixing on it again.

When referring to the transducers, I was once told "the only thing that has remained a constant over the years is the rat fur" Wink
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2006, 01:46:22 am »

John Chiara wrote on Tue, 11 April 2006 15:55





And it probably literally did cost a million bucks. I've seen a few million dollar systems sound awful... I assume it is pilot error and not the systems doing.




Aren't you the same guy who says every gig sounds awful though?  Evil or Very Mad ....
(Snarky-ness ON.)...and what rig will you be mixing on this weekend????   Rolling Eyes  
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2006, 12:13:10 pm »

Doug Fowler wrote on Tue, 11 April 2006 05:53

One of the best festival rigs I EVER heard was at Blockbuster Rockfest, Tejas Motor Speedway, in 1997.

That thing was huge, hands down the biggest PA I have ever seen.  And it sounded like a million bucks, particularly for Collective Soul.


Million bucks but over million watts of rated amplifier power too!

Back in 1998-1999 it was said on Showco's website that they had used 1.3 megawatts on some rock festival ("the largest festival PA in the world ever") and a little bit lower powered rig on some huge countryfest.

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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2006, 01:49:34 pm »

Did you have an link to schowcos  website ?
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2006, 02:41:04 pm »

Were the Prism's an in house design or were they contracted and designed by someone else? I know alot of the amps and stuff they had were rebranded Carvers, QSC's, etc.
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2006, 02:56:54 pm »

tthorsten wrote on Wed, 12 April 2006 10:49

Did you have an link to schowcos  website ?


Would you believe that it's the VERY FIRST SEARCH RESULT WHEN YOU GOOGLE FOR "SHOWCO"????

-a

(Edit: OK, so the Showco/Clair website is totally under construction except for the contacts page.)
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2006, 05:58:00 pm »

You're scrambling the two parts of the Clair/Showco combine

Clair Brothers did indeed have made or modify Carver and QSC amplifiers for their own proprietary speakers.  The 12AM wedges were originally packaged with Clair branded Carvers.

The Prism system was developed "in house" at Showco.  The analog processors were as well.  The amps were, as they were in most Showco rigs nearly forever were Crown.
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2006, 12:18:33 am »

A few years ago I mixed a couple tours on a Prism system and had no problems at all with it. I actually liked the way it sounded.
I also think the idea that ShowCo was doing poorly and were bought out is not totally true. I was on tour with a ShowCo system when the merger happened. There were some surprised crew guys that day but I truly think it was a business move by Clair to absorb a major competitor. This type of thing happens in business.
Oh yeah, and by the way, good sound can be derived from something other than a line array.
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2006, 08:52:42 am »

The rockfest and countryfest were both at Texas Motor Speedway about the same time IIRC.  Probably about the same PA, something like someone else described: 10x13, 10x14, something like that.

The delays were 4x4, probably.

fwiw (not much.... Smile
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Re: Showco Prism speakers
« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2006, 04:20:19 pm »

I mixed a bunch of shows on a pris rig in 2001.
I can't remember the sys techs name (Stuart maybe?) but as long as he a 1/2 hour to week the stereo 4 band parametric (meyer I think)it sounded good and loud. coverage was good too.

It was the older showco analog rack x-over ( i think it was analog ? ).
He did a couple deep narrow cuts in the top that were standard show to show and some mid bass cuts that changed.

He was mixing the headliner, the band "LIVE" I had the opener.

He was great to us. no system gain down for us, or unplugging of subs like I have experienced once in a while in the past.

Of course, I strongly believe the headliners set Should be a bit louder than the opener. I think that is why we had few issues.

Anyway, the prisim rig was great in 2000 to 3000 seat venues for me.
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