This year’s Fairport’s Cropredy Convention featured – alongside Fairport Convention – Badly Drawn Boy, Seasick Steve, The Coral, UB40 and others. It was also an early outing for the new Nexo 45°N-12 stage monitors.
Festival director Gareth Williams, himself for many years the monitor engineer for Fairport Convention, and his PA supplier Pete Russell of SSE Audio Group chose the Nexo monitors for the Cropredy stage, deploying 10 units for up to eight mixes, all powered by NXAMP 4x4s.
Jason Hattams of SSE mixed monitors for every band except Fairport itself. He reports: “At first, I questioned the idea of using a line array element to take care of high frequencies; in my opinion, wedges don’t really need to be long throw, and I was concerned that the drum and percussion mics might be polluted with vocals from the forward wedges. I used them in pairs, butted up together; using them this way and leaving the amp preset as one box, I got the low end response that I was after.”
He continues: “I didn’t have a single complaint from 20 or more bands that I mixed that weekend, and I was pleased with that, as some of the changeovers between bands took all of 10 minutes. Lots of bands complimented us on the monitor sound.”