After 13 years of being known as Digital Console Rental Inc., DCR Nashville changed its name in 2017, positioning itself not simply as a mixer rental house, but as a full production company and AVL solutions provider. Two years into its new moniker, DCR Nashville now supports more than two-dozen touring artists out on the road and continues to grow its inventory with the industry’s most rider-friendly products, including the company’s significant recent investment in L-Acoustics K2, Kara, and Kiva II loudspeaker systems. The new Certified Provider’s initial investment into L-Acoustics is substantial: 32 K2, 24 Kara, and 32 Kiva II line source array enclosures, 16 KS28, eight K1-SB, and six SB15m subs, and a dozen coaxial X15 HiQ stage wedges, further rounded out by nine LA-RAK II touring racks and a pair of the manufacturer’s brand new P1 processors.
Left to right: DCR Nashville Project Manager Chris Wilhelm, Owner Howard Jones, Account Manager Shane Hamill, and General Manager John Schirmer with a selection of some of their new gear in the shop
“When we’ve missed opportunities in the past couple of years, it was because we didn’t offer a loudspeaker solution to our clients that was in the first or second spots on peoples’ riders, but that’s no longer the case with this purchase,” says DCR Nashville Owner Howard Jones. “L-Acoustics is a very popular choice with today’s top touring artists, and with its loudspeakers representing a perfect blend of fidelity, coverage, and optimal size-to-weight ratio, we can easily see why. L-Acoustics is the right loudspeaker manufacturer for us to partner with to strengthen the DCR Nashville brand moving forward.” Upon taking delivery of the new systems, L-Acoustics Touring Application Engineer Vic Wagner spent four days at DCR Nashville bringing the company up to speed on its new gear. “Vic trained our team on all system aspects from design using Soundvision to the use of LA Network Manager to optimal deployment of K2, Kara and Kiva II,” notes DCR Nashville General Manager John Schirmer. “When he left, most of our crew had become Certified System Technicians. Vic was great to spend time with, extremely patient, and tremendously knowledgeable.” Between numerous festival stage dates in the spring and Brantley Gilbert’s 2019 summer and fall tour, DCR Nashville’s new loudspeaker systems are quickly being spoken for over the warmer months. In the meantime, the company is actively servicing the L-Acoustics cross-rental network with its inventory, as well as getting its coaxial X15 HiQ monitor wedges out on tours with artists like Eric Johnson and Marty Stuart. “To date, we have deployed the X15 with our touring clients and on our events more than any other box,” Schirmer says. “They have immediately begun working for us, and our clients absolutely love them. Eric Johnson loved the tonal quality as well as the high SPL capabilities of the wedges, and his FOH engineer and PM loved how compact and light they were compared to the self-powered wedges we have put out with them in the past. We also just deployed them on a 500-person corporate gig as a main PA and delay speaker option—two pole-mounted to SB15m subs, and two hung from truss as delays—and the results landed us a long-term corporate client. The X15 HiQ are game changers for us. They are so versatile, working as stage monitors one week and as small PA systems the next week. No longer do we have to have inventory that only does one thing well.”
As a very intentional part of its loudspeaker upgrade, DCR Nashville is offering AVB system deployment upon request, hence the new addition of two L-Acoustics P1 units. “P1 has the ability to provide for us a variety of versatile and useful system functions as well as distribution protocols,” Schirmer continues. “We are using the P1 on the front end of our PAs to offer our systems techs a deeper processing level to the system by incorporating the EQ station along with LA Network Manager. Whether a client wants AES, Analog or AVB, we have them covered and can deploy a system that best meets their needs.” And during those open calendar slots where DCR Nashville doesn’t have one of its own clients in need of the new L-Acoustics systems, they’ll be hot commodities on the manufacturer’s rental network, particularly in the Southeastern US states. “Our partners are used to renting gear from us and have been doing so for almost 15 years,” Jones shares. “We make a commitment to having the best product offerings in the industry and L-Acoustics now allows us the opportunity to provide the best in PA solutions. We’re very excited to be a part of the Certified Provider network and larger L-Acoustics family, and we look forward to sharing our inventory with our partners for years to come.” “DCR has been an indispensable staple in Nashville, as a support for cross-rental and touring, and we are pleased to welcome them to our growing roster of KX Standard-class Certified Providers for the touring and corporate rental markets,” adds L-Acoustics Regional Sales Manager B.J. Shaver. For more information on DCR Nashville, visit www.dcrnashville.com.