Although M28s have been sighted at festivals this summer, David Guetta is the first headline artist to use the complete STM Series system on his own stage.
David Guetta played to a capacity crowd of 16,000 at the Palais 12, using Belgian rental company Arto SA and its substantial Nexo STM Series.
Setting up the sound systems for FOH engineer Hassane Es Siahi was Arto system tech Pierre-Laurent Babuine.
For the main PA, Pierre-Laurent specified left and right arrays of 15 sets of Nexo STM, comprising 15 M46 Main and 15 B112 Bass Cabinets, together with 32 S118 subbass units.
Flown in adjacent lines of main and bass modules, the arrays were completed by two cabinets – these smaller fill speakers are the new M28s, which complete the four-piece suite of STM components.
“Before the M28 arrived, we were using additional M46 cabinets in the line and extra infill modules to cover the front rows of the audience,” explains Pierre-Laurent.
“With the M28, which offers a maximum splaying angle of 15° and 120° of coverage in the horizontal plane, we are able to deliver precisely targeted near-fill and minimise the need for additional onstage cabinets.”
In the cavernous Palais 12, a large grandstand at the rear of the hall was built to provide hospitality space for the VIPs.
A delay system comprising two arrays of five M46 main, five B112 subs and four S118 subs delivered to the rear of the audience area and to the grandstand, with a dedicated PA (this time Nexo GEO S12 and LS18 subs) in the hospitality area. All cabinets were powered by Nexo NXAMP4x4 amplifier/processors.
“Because the M28 was designed as an integral element of the STM family, there is true coherency between the voicing of M46 and M28 modules,” confirms Nexo’s Denis Baudier.
“This ensures a very smooth transition between the main PA and the down-fill, with no difference in tonality for the first 10 rows of the audience. This saves a lot of time for system techs and FOH engineers.”