"There is absolutely no comparison as far a sound quality goes"
Spider Ranch Productions
Just visit www.spiderp.com, the home site of Alex Moran’s Bay Area audio service company, and the first thing you’ll see is the prize acquisition in his sound arsenal: the McCauley MLA3 line array system. Its sleek styling, superior sound, light-weight construction, and versatile applications have allowed Alex to better provide his customers with the service and performance they’ve come to expect from the sound industry veteran.
The MLA3 uses McCauley’s MONARC Integrated Rigging System. It adapts easily to stacked (curved or straight), rolling, or flown configurations. There are no loose pieces, and no tools are required. “It came ready to fly,” says Alex. “Almost everyone in the industry agrees that the McCauley rigging is the best rigging around. It’s all one hundred percent contained in the box.” Regardless of the venue or the crowd, the MLA3 efficiently adapts to fit the bill.
And that’s precisely what was required for one of Alex’s recent gigs. He was commissioned to mount a sound system on a float for a recent San Francisco parade. “The customer wanted to rattle the windows on both sides of the street. I used three modules and one sub on each side of the float and ran it with a small portable construction generator that people could lift onto the platform.” The sound was so clear that when the float passed by the local news center, the music from the float came through the television as if it were wired into their hardware! As the music dominated the scene, there was nothing for the reporter to do but grin, shrug, and abandon his interview. During his more than 30 years as an audio professional, Alex has become familiar with just about every kind of product on the market. Having used McCauley components for years, and having recently started his own company—Spider Ranch Productions—in 2003, he decided to purchase the latest touring class line array system from McCauley Sound. “There’s absolutely no comparison as far a sound quality goes,” he says. “My customers are always blown away by the sound.” But that’s only one of the advantages of McCauley line array systems.
Late nights and heavy loads may be par for the course in Alex’s business, but thanks to McCauley innovation, that load is a little—or a lot—lighter. McCauley’s engineers designed each speaker to weigh a mere 140 lbs. This feat is achieved by using neodymium—or rare earth—magnet structures and aircraft grade aluminum bumpers. “Before, I was hauling around over 5000 lbs. of equipment versus now, which is about 1200. You do the math. If you’re groundstanding, two people can stack 5-7 modules without strain, and it takes fewer boxes to achieve the coverage.”
Whether it’s a specialty job, a stadium, or a boardroom, Spider Ranch Productions has the tools and experience to make the event a success. Alex and his crew have worked with numerous cities and business around the Bay Area, with artists such as Prince and Ice-T, in every imaginable venue, and in every kind of weather. His number one goal is customer satisfaction through high performance A/V support. Alex’s accessibility and dedication to professional service with each job makes him on of the best in the business, and McCauley sound is in turn proud to have him as a client.