"The equipment is plenty loud and articulate, yet it’s small, compact, and out of the way"
Illusion Sound & Lighting
Based in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Illusion Sound & Lighting is a full service audio, lighting and production facility specializing in professional sound reinforcement, lighting, staging and video products for any size venue across eastern Pennsylvania. After 24 years in business, Illusion continues to grow and serve some of the biggest and most discriminating touring acts in the U.S. So, when they needed to upgrade and invest in a new touring class line array system to expand the services they could provide, owner Brian Gilpen and his team did a lot of homework before deciding to purchase a full rig of 24 of McCauley Sound’s MONARC MLA3s, and 16 CSM88 subwoofers.
“We evaluated many different rigs and went through a lot of information before deciding on this set-up,” he said. “We’ve owned smaller McCauley rigs before, and liked them, but found the midsize product makes more sense for us now that we do so many big shows. In the end, this equipment seemed like the best performance for the money.”
Since purchasing the 40-piece rig, Illusion has put the equipment to use for a variety of big-name acts, ranging from Clint Black to Poison to Ashlee Simpson, and all have been pleased with the results. “We like the MLA3s because they’re easy to transport, can be set up quickly, and have great sound quality and vocal integrity,” says Gilpen.
More importantly, Illusion’s customers were impressed as well. “They like what they heard,” explains Gilpen. “The equipment is plenty loud and articulate, yet it’s small, compact, and out of the way.”
Since purchasing this large rig in June 2006, Gilpen says he is impressed enough with the MLA3s performance and versatility that he’s already considering picking up more of them for some big shows that Illusion has coming up. “It’s great equipment and I expect it will help us serve a wider range of clients in the future.”