Steal A Taxi Tours from North to South with dBTechnologies INGENIA
End of 2016, the Bonn-based band Steal A Taxi set out on a club tour with gigs lined up at some rather diverse venues ranging from hotel bars to a museum. The band hit the road with a dBTechnologies INGENIA PA,counting on that rig to deliver flawless sound in every setting.
This enduring event series, which took place for the 20th time last year, goes by the name of 'Music in the Houses of the City.' A Germany-wide format organized by the Art Salon Cologne, it took Steal A Taxi out on a six-day tour of five German cities. The band traversed the Republic, starting up north in Hamburg and ending up down south in Munich by way of Bochum, Cologne and Bonn.
The locations on this tour could hardly have been more varied: a culinary school, a law firm, two hotel bars and Bonn's famous Ludwig Museum. The concerts were largely sold out with audiences of 100 and 200 in attendance.
The PA had to be easy to assemble and fit into a single Sprinter van alongside the entire backline and lighting rig.
Uli Hoppert, the tour's FoH man and the owner of Siegburg-based Siren Media, decided for take two each dBTechnologies INGENIA IG3T cabinets and DVA KS10 subwoofers in a classic left/right array out on the road. The schedule was tight, with little time for pre-gig system tuning. Adjustments were minor: One was to select the given room's sweetest spot to set up the system; the other was to dial in the perfect on-board EQ preset for the venue.
According to Uli Hoppert, "The system is easy to set up via the very simple menu. And I really like being able to dig deeper to access settings for all the details.
This PA is very versatile: The full rig's coverage extended all the way to the large Ludwig Museum's top tier, while one sub bin was plenty for smaller venues.
Put the pieces in place, plug in and play—the whole setup routine was an exercise in efficiency, convenience and consistency. And the band and audience were treated to a superior audio experience every time!
Uli Hoppert's final word on the matter: "The beautiful thing about the dBTechnologies INGENIA system is it's very wide, but also has a very controlled, directivity. Its asymmetric pattern of throw has just a 15-degree upward angle, so feedback from the ceiling is never problem in low rooms. This keeps the signal clear and results in fantastic sound. This is the first time I had the system with me and I'll be happy to take it out again!"