Team Force Adds MLA6 to Arsenal
“More kick for the buck,” is how Team Force Audio owner Oneal West describes McCauley Systems. West is fresh from the Caribbean Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York, where Team Force Audio mounted sixteen MLA3s and twenty-two MLA6s on a trailer, pumping out music from a live band. Team Force is no stranger to challenge, having grown over the years, and built up a resume including the 2005 AFRICA UNITE in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, celebrating Bob Marley’s sixtieth birthday. TFA is already planning their next project, an event with Wyclef Jean in Miami.
Despite their impressive resume, Team Force Audio was built from the ground up – literally. West designed Team Force Audio’s first system himself, restructuring a dual fifteen, and coming up with a new idea for the hi-mid range. “But nobody wants a box from the chop-shop,” says West, who started looking for a system that could support the loud, heavy music – Reggae, Hip Hop and Calypso – that “demands a strong low end.”
“I listened to most of the boxes out there,” says West, who has a Bachelors and Masters in Electronic Engineering from ATI, “I listened to everybody out there, I tested all of them before I bought a line array.” For West, the decision was easy, “I could get a Vertec [JBL system] way cheaper, but I wasn’t looking to cut price for quality.”
While in Jamaica, TFA requested a demo rig from McCauley Sound, “they sent out an eight per
side MLA5, when most of people would have sent a set of twelve per side.” It was the power, versatility, and general construction of the McCauley systems that eventually convinced West.
“We do put punishment on our boxes,” says West, explaining that a thirty-and forty thousand person venue, pumping live music for three or four days at a time, can put a lot of strain on a system. “But, you can service those boxes in the field,” he says, explaining how easily baskets can be replaced, and equipment maintained while at venues.
Utilizing McCauley’s MONARC rigging, Team Force Audio is able to fly their equipment in a fraction of the time it takes other companies, cutting the set up time from a few days to a matter of few hours. For larger events, he explains, some companies need two days to fly a rig for a 30,000 person venue; time which costs events-coordinators money in rent and security, among other things. Although many of their clients, themselves, aren’t often extremely interested in the production of the events, Production managers are impressed by Team Force Audio’s sound set up.