Four of Powersoft’s new X8 amplifiers were utilised by technical production company Electra Service to power the PA system at the recent Pistoia Blues festival in Italy.
MD of Electra Service, Roberto Buttarelli, who provided the full technical infrastructure, assigned the amps to drive key parts of the Martin Audio PA system for the 36th edition of Pistoia Blues, which again took place in Piazza Duomo, Florence, over the course of nine evenings.
The eight-channel amplifiers were able to power a combination of four Martin Audio W8LM Mini line array infills, two further hangs of six W8LM outfills, and also drove the 12 Martin Audio bi-amped LE2100S monitors. These enclosures supported the main Martin Audio MLA array, which was provided by the consortium All Access, of which Electra Service are members.
PA manager Paolo ‘Red’ Talami explained that the addition of the new W8LM outfills for this year was due to the installation of new grandstands on the sides of the historic Piazza Duomo: “The total number of W8LM Minis used rose to 20, including the infill system and all were amplified by the new Powersoft X-series amplifiers. These are extremely versatile and incredibly effective, enabling us to also drive the entire monitoring system.”
This versatility was central to Buttarelli’s thinking when purchasing the amplifiers, which were first demoed to him by Powersoft’s Italian distributor Audiosales.
“We had been looking for the best and most innovative technology in the market,” he noted. “Thanks to a complete DSP, a universal power supply and the possibility to set up a lot of different universal configuration to drive the rig such as we had at Pistoia Blues, the Powersoft proved itself to be the perfect amplifier and exactly what we were looking for. They are also light and compact, taking up a minimal amount of space.”
Electra Service has now replaced its previous front-line amplifiers in the company’s inventory. “It seems that Powersoft is becoming the new standard in amplifiers, and the Pistoia Blues festival confirmed that we’ve made the right choice … there is no question,” Buttarelli added.
As for Pistoia Blues, Talami confirmed that all artists’ production teams were entirely at ease with the FOH set-up: “The system techs and FOH engineers were entirely happy.”
The production team itself comprised the same personnel who had worked on the 2014 event. Organised by the Associazione Blues in conjunction with the Comune di Pistoia, (City of Pistoia), the event has diversified far from its authentic blues roots, and headliners this year included Mumford & Sons (pictured), Counting Crows, Hozier, Passenger, The Darkness, Dream Theater, Santana, Sting and an Italian Blues Night.