US: An EM Acoustics system was specified for a recent tour by Nicole Hart & the NRG Band, writes David Davies. Supplied by EM Acoustics US, the system for the genre-defying New York-based act - who has been compared to singers as disparate as Cowboy Junkies frontwoman Margo Timmins and Tina Turner - comprised a pair of EMS-81 8" x 1" passive enclosures and a single i-8 quad 8" subwoofer.
Hart and the NRG Band required a modest reinforcement system capable of handling the dynamics of a four-piece band (occasionally augmented by a guitarist) and a variety of venue sizes.
"We played a mix of rooms, some with PA systems and some without. It ended up that even in rooms with large first class systems, we ended up using the EM system because it just plain sounded better," said musical director and keyboard player Lance Ong.
"This kind of use is exactly what the EMS Series of products were designed for - compact systems that are easy to transport and use, yet with a lot of output power when required," said EM Acoustics' Mike Wheeler. "The addition of an i-8 underneath the EMS-81 enclosures allows even kick-drums to be amplified to a reasonable degree - absolutely perfect for gigs like this. Add to that the lack of controller requirement, and you have arguably the simplest and most effective option available to bands and rental companies alike."