The Last Summer of the 20th Century
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Anthony McLEAN

Photo#2: The Big Screen Jewel
Sandstone Amphitheater
Bonner Springs, Kansas
August 1999
Winnipeg, Canada based Sound Art supplied the Jewel tour (see Photo #2) with a host of EVI Audio gear to complement the 72 X-Array loudspeakers, including a Midas Heritage 3000 FOH console, Midas XL250 monitor console, X-Array floor wedges, side and drum fills, Klark Teknik DN3600 and DN300 equalizers and EV N/Dym 468B microphones. (see Photo #2).

FOH Engineer for the Jewel tour was Rob HOWICK, Monitors were mixed by Colm O’REILLY. Audio Crew Chief, Mike BROWNLEE was backed by FOH Technician; George ADDIS and Monitor Technician Shaun MCLEAN.

"We’ve found that the X-Array cabinets have great sound for anything from rock & roll to symphonies," said Dave COUSINS, president of Sound Art. "So for Jewel, who does everything from acoustic folk to full-on high-energy electronic rock during the same show, she needed a full-range system that could handle anything she played. We didn’t have to provide as many components as we would have had to with other systems we’ve dealt with in the past."

COUSINS added that the Midas Heritage 3000 was quite user-friendly and very fast to learn. "The Heritage 3000 allows for a very quick and easy mix, set-up, and that’s very important," he said. "Also, the addition of the console stand to the road case is quite brilliant."

W3 For more information or questions about Jewel’s "Spirit" sound system, contact COUSINS via e-mail or visit Sound Art’s fabulous website at
Anthony McLEAN has served as editor of LIVE SOUND! International since 1993. He is not however, directly related to Shaun McLEAN, mentioned above as Monitor Technician on the 1999 Jewel summer tour.
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