With the near demise of record labels, and the move to the Internet and self-released albums, the focus on making money in the music business has shifted to touring. The economies of touring rely heavily on managing costs in order to maximize profits. The Tectonic system provides the most economical way to provide the most sound to the most seats for the least cost of ownership, transport and operations.
Yes. The Tectonic system is equally adept at either task. With 165 degree horizontal coverage and high resistance to feedback, Tectonic panels can cover a house or paint a stage with near seamless coverage.
There are two sizes of Tectonic Plates™, with the PL-12 approximately 5′ x 22″ x 3“ deep, and the PL-11 approximately 3’ x 22” x 3” deep. A system comprised of four PL-12 panels per side, with supporting subwoofers, can accommodate venues up to 5,000 seats.
With such thin and lightweight panels, and the road case “toasters”, transporting a Tectonic system is extremely economical. Rather than a semi-truck or two, the Tectonic system travels in a van or even in the luggage compartment of a tour bus.
Tectonic panels weigh ~ 98lbs for a PL-12 and ~ 72lbs for a PL-11, and can be hung from stage-mounts by a single rigger. Flying panels is equally simple. A four-panel hang of PL-12s and rigging weighs in at under 600lbs. A single chain hoist or lift per side is all that is required.
The Tectonic panels’ super-thin profile and 165 degree horizontal coverage provides maximum FOH coverage with a minimum number of panels and a minimal truck-pack foot-print. Side & down-fills, in certain configurations , can often be eliminated. Stage-mount hangs and flown arrays project well out the sides to cover extreme side seats. The net result is fewer speakers, better sound, better sight lines and more sell-able seats.
The Tectonic system is so acoustically efficient that 5,000 seat venues can be powered with a minimal amount of out-board equipment. All required amplifiers – three or four decent ones – can be powered from a couple of 110V A.C. cables.
Due to the Tectonic panels’ resistance to feedback, it is possible to place hangs behind the performance space. Also, the panels are “dipole” and provide the key frequencies for performing artists to hear themselves, which provides them with the sense of being immersed in the same sound field as the audience.
We have found that on stage monitors can be reduced in volume, or even eliminated, depending on artist preferences. This allows a lower stage noise, and the destructive “bleed” into the sound reinforcement system, which provides a cleaner sound for the audience. (Artists may still opt for in-ear or wedges with ‘more-me’ supplemental monitoring.)
Tectonic panels are also ideal for use as side-fills. Two or more panels per side cover even the deepest and widest stages with near seamless coverage and reduced feedback issues (proper microphone use should always be employed, since any system can feedback under given conditions).