Rockstar® Mayhem Tour Showcases Versarray™ 212 Sound System
PEAVEY INT’L. HEADQUARTERS — This summer’s Rockstar® Energy Drink Mayhem Tour, headlined by Slipknot and Disturbed, served as the proving ground for the new ribbon-loaded Versarray™ 212 line-array sound system from audio innovators Peavey Electronics.
As the exclusive sound system of the Jägermeister® Mobile Stage—a custom-built, traveling foldout stage housed in a 44-foot trailer—the Peavey Versarray 212 provided articulate sound reinforcement while metal heavyweights Machine Head, Walls of Jericho, Five Finger Death Punch, Airbourne and more steamrolled concert audiences during the festival’s 30-date run.
“When we debuted the stage in 2007 with the original Peavey Versarray 112 system, it performed exceptionally well in every situation we could throw at it,” said Dave Summers, Road and Production Manager for the Jägermeister® Mobile Stage.
“The new VR212™ is another leap forward in sound reinforcement technology,” he added. “With this system, Peavey transducer engineers developed a line array that positions 16 loudspeaker components in a compact enclosure while delivering the highest levels of performance. It’s the ideal system for modern touring situations, where performance and efficiency are matters of necessity.”
The Jägermeister® Mobile Stage features twin arrays of eight Versarray 212 enclosures per side plus sixteen thundering Versarray 218 subwoofers. Each VR212 enclosure is outfitted with two 12” Black Widow® woofers, four planar ribbon drivers and ten midrange drivers. The proprietary ribbon drivers are mounted to a manifold line source that work with the specially designed midrange drivers to create a high-energy field that enables critically damped operation with immediate transient response. All 16 line-array components utilize neodymium magnets that yield lighter weight and greater efficiency over traditional magnet designs.
The Versarray line-array system is managed by Peavey Architectural Acoustics® Digitool® processors and powered by twenty-four Crest Audio® Pro 9200™ amplifiers and six Pro 8200™ amps. A combination of six Crest Audio Pro 9200, four Pro 8200 and four Pro 7200™ amps provide power for the stage’s Peavey QW® monitor rig.
Peavey’s patent-pending Ram Air Cooling™ design, a dissipation process that radiates heat away from the voice coil and speaker cone on the VR212, helps achieve enhanced efficiency and power handling, and overall improved performance over conventional cone-type transducers. The VR218 subwoofer features the patented UniVent™ venting system, which uses an exclusive process to literally pump air through the enclosure, maintaining cool operating temperatures, increasing reliability and reducing power compression under heavy continuous-drive conditions.
“The Versarray line array system is truly amazing,” said Rick Zeiler, Director of Marketing and Brand Development at Jägermeister. “Producing a heavy rock concert can be difficult because there is so much going on in the music, but the Versarray solves that through incredible sonic articulation, consistency and a fully dynamic listening experience.”
The inaugural Rockstar® Energy Drink Mayhem Tour also featured Peavey-endorsing artists DragonForce, Black Tide and The Red Chord.