Rock City Studios in Ventura County, California has replaced the dated PA in its main room with a new Renkus-Heinz system to support shows by national and local acts.
The live music venue, recording studio and music school is very much a community-oriented space, which often records and videotapes local bands’ live performances.
After general manager Brett DeCarlo and FOH engineer Mike Brown attended the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim in search of a solution, the pair opted for the company’s CFX101LA modular point-source array.
"This is an interesting room, and it’s gone through many iterations," said Brown. "The fundamental problem we had was that the previous PA system was a traditional point-source array. We had a sweet spot in the middle of the floor but if you wandered too far front or back, you got out of that sweet spot.”
The Rock City team visited Renkus-Heinz’ NAMM booth, and the manufacturer put them in touch with Jeff Miranda at Pacific AV. "Jeff did a phenomenal job," Brown remarked. "He immediately steered us toward the Renkus-Heinz CFX101LA modular point-source array, and he built a PA with it that sounded so fantastic, we were immediately sold."
With the flexibility to be flown, ground-stacked, or pole-mounted, the CFX101LA combines the performance and pattern control of a line array with the clarity of a point-source system in a compact design. Rock City’s system employs two CFX101LAs, while a pair of Renkus-Heinz CFX15S 15-inch high-performance subwoofers, mounted above the arrays, generate the low-end the venue required.
"With the previous system, the sound was too muddy, and we didn’t have that huge feeling, what I call the ‘heart punch,’ when you feel it in your chest," said DeCarlo. "With the CFX system, it’s a night-and-day difference. The stereo image is a lot wider. The clarity, especially in the high end, is there. The low end, too; you get that heart punch, that kick in your stomach that we’d been missing. We’re at a level of completion now."
"The CFX101s allowed me to adjust the angles so I’ve got fantastic coverage from the front of the venue all the way to the back," Brown added. "We do everything here from punk rock to praise bands, and everyone who comes through comments on how great this venue sounds. We’ve attracted more national acts, and the kids are amazed at the quality of the sound that they get. With the Renkus-Heinz system, we can meet some of the rider requirements for the bigger name acts that look for places to play outside of L.A. Now this truly is a professional venue."
Find out how Rock City Studios achieved its audio goals with Renkus-Heinz in the video below: