From Theater to Politics, Line 6 Digital Wireless Proves Rock Solid for Prosound Worx

Located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Prosound Worx is a sound company specializing in live theater. Owner Rich Loomer found an insightful solution to the uncertainties of traditional wireless with XD-V digital wireless systems by Line 6.

“I had the opportunity to try Line 6 digital wireless last year and never looked back,” says Loomer. “I have a rack of 14 bodypack systems – eight V70s and six of the new V75 model – and they’ve been outstanding. In fact, we just won Best Community Sound Design at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards, for a show called The Dinosaur Musical that we staged with the Peacock Players at the Court Street Theater in Nashua last fall. Line 6 was a big part of our success.”

Having worked southern New Hampshire’s active theater scene for about six years, Loomer is well acquainted with the critical nature of wireless on stage. “Obviously, any audio problem is a distraction for the audience,” he notes. “With the Line 6 systems, I haven’t had the problems that I had with other systems. They’ve been extremely reliable.”

Line 6 digital wireless operates in the license-free 2.4 GHz band, which is the same range that Wi-Fi systems use. The system avoids interference through the use of Digital Channel Lock (DCL™) technology. Rich Loomer states, “The building I do most of my work in, the Court Street Theater, has five active Wi-Fi networks, but I haven’t had any issues with interference at all.”

Sound quality has been equally impressive. “The biggest advantage I’ve noticed with the Line 6 microphones is much better gain-before-feedback than your typical analog mic,” Loomer reports. “So I’m able to run things a little louder, with more band sound in the house, and still get the vocals loud enough to be clearly heard.”

In addition to their 14 bodypack systems, Prosound Worx also has a pair of XD-V75 handheld mics. Loomer had the opportunity to use them in a couple high-profile New Hampshire Presidential Primary events. “Every four years, it’s great to be a sound and production company here,” says Loomer. “I was able to use the Line 6 mics for campaign stops by two of the presidential candidates.”

For those assignments, Loomer used his XD-V75 handheld systems, employing the system’s onboard mic modeling to optimize the microphone’s response. “I usually use the ’58 setting, but if the mic is on a podium, I’ll set it up as a D5, so the speaker can be a little further away and I still pick them up clearly,” he states. “I had very positive comments from the national media at both events. They were impressed with the clarity of the sound and the lack of dropouts. You always worry that something will go wrong in front of the national press, but with the Line 6 mics, we had no issues. Everyone was very happy.”

In the theater, Loomer keeps his receiver rack at the front-of-house mix position, using two directional antennas with a clear line=of-sight to the stage. “It’s not a huge theater, and the Line 6 system has plenty of range,” he notes. “We haven’t had any issues with interference or dropouts, and have all 14 channels available all the time.”

Another advantage Prosound Worx found with Line 6 digital wireless is its compatibility with conventional wireless systems. Because it operates in the 2.4 GHz range, adding extra channels of other wireless brands is seamless. “My Line 6 rack gives me all the channels I need for most community theater productions,” says Loomer. “But I just did a production ofLes Mis, and I needed 32 channels. All I did was bring in my old stock of UHF wireless, and set them up as I normally would. The Line 6 mics are completely independent of analog wireless, so there were no intermod issues at all.”

Rich Loomer and Prosound Worx couldn’t be happier with Line 6 digital wireless. “The Line 6 has been great for us,” he concludes. “Its design has obviously been really well thought out, and we now have no issues when it comes to wireless. It’s been fantastic!”