Aside from sonic superiority, Wilding’s criteria included the necessity for a well-known brand that would be acceptable on riders and a system that would deliver a good return on investment. “Pretty much everything we looked at was fantastic at what it was designed to do, but couldn’t do anything else, somewhat one trick ponies.”
They auditioned three premier systems but discounted many more “based on lack of features, which hindered flexibility, or after playing with EASE, which revealed some eccentricities.
“Scalability was the key, and the HDL 6-A doesn’t suffer any of these compromises. If you want to hang a long true array of them, it does it. If you want to ground stack six on top of a stack of subs, it does it. If you want to deploy it as a point source box, it does it. And it does it all, at a fantastic price point, with affordable, elegant, hardware options. On top of that it also sounds good, with surprisingly good low mid for drivers of this size, and does go low enough without subs, so can be used as a stand-alone full range box.”
In summary, the Wilding Sound director says, “This line array will allow us great flexibility in covering all the venues we typically work in. At the same time it will meet client expectations better, both sonically and visually.”
“Line array has become expected now, even on small jobs. The HDL 6-A gives you the flexibility to form long enough arrays to actually get line array performance, and at the angles you need to achieve coverage. Equally, at shorter lengths, it is very capable as an array of point sources. On top of it sounds great, and the flyware is comprehensive and very affordable, unlike many manufacturers — all of which helps them get out of the warehouse and earning money!”