Bled Festival Hall, in Bled, Slovenia, has become the home of Europe's first Nexo GEO M6 installation.
The GEO M6 line array, which made its debut at PL+S 2014 (see Nexo to preview new GEO M6 series at Prolight + Sound), marks the first foray into the corporate AV sector for the French manufacturer, which has traditionally leant towards live sound reinforcement. PSNEurope saw the GEO M6 in action at a demo day in September (see Sound of Music takes first Nexo M28s).
The festival hall (pictured), originally built for a chess championship, hosts meetings, summits and sporting and musical events. Its new Nexo sound system was installed by Litija-based MK Light Sound, which says it impressed the venue's management with its suggestion of "a small-array sound reinforcement solution which would be unobtrustive but offer smooth, even coverage in the hall".
“We were asked to supply a system that would offer high speech intelligibility, even coverage and enough power for 95 per cent of their programme,” explains MK Light Sound's Dean Karov. “GEO M was just such a system; if a client needs more than this, it can be rented in. Since we installed the system, it has been used for a business school graduation, two concerts, and a business seminar, [and] all of the clients were happy with the results delivered by the GEO M6.”
The system configuration, designed using Nexo's proprietary modelling software, NS-1, uses six GEO M620 cabinets per side and two M620s in a centre fill cluster (necessitated by the width of the venue and the stage). LS18 Series subbass units are used for the low end, and the whole system is powered by two NXAMP 4x1s.
“We are certain that the M6 was the right choice for this venue," concludes Karov "It offers the perfect coverage pattern for this venue and excellent speech intelligibility. It's light in weight, which meant it could be installed easily and can be adjusted in situ. It is surprising how much power comes out of the M6; it definitely sounds larger than it looks, but that is a Nexo trademark."