Once a bustling facility that produced lashings of dairy in the early 1900s, Kingston Butter Factory has endured as a historical fixture of Queensland’s City of Logan. Now a thriving cultural precinct, the old factory’s iconic red brick building and ample grounds have been renovated and repurposed to become the creative centre of Logan’s community. Recently outfitted with a high-performance NEXO GEO M12 line array system, the reimagined venue has advanced far from its humble bread-and-butter beginnings, now offering sonic experiences that resonate with exceptional clarity and power.
Nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the arts and entertainment hub is home to many beloved community festivals, markets, concerts, and installations. Central to hosting events and live performances is Kingston Butter Factory’s versatile outdoor space, boasting an expansive stage looking out over a fan-shaped audience area of over 5,200 square metres. The newly renovated setting called for a high-performance professional sound system with comprehensive acoustic coverage. The Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct is now equipped with an exceptionally capable permanent line array installation, consisting of 6 x GEO M12 cabinets and 2 x GEO MSUB 18’s flown on either side of the stage, with an additional 2 x GEO MSUB 18’s ground-stacked on both sides (totalling 12 x full-range modules and a tremendous 8 x MSUB modules). Generously bestowed with a system that would do well to satisfy the pulsing energy of rock concerts, Kingston Butter Factory is now poised to open its doors to a myriad of modest to massive events.
As Nathan Roser, Kingston Butter Factory’s technical production manager explains, selecting the perfect setup to fulfil the cultural precinct’s audio needs was a clear-cut choice. NEXO’s French-engineered loudspeaker systems have historically been a trusted favourite of Logan City Council, with their premium quality and functionality making a positive impression across multiple Logan Arts venues:
“Our audio requirements as a venue are wide and varied. What we have gained with the GEO M12 is a great performing speaker system from a brand that we love and have used before. Kingston Butter Factory is the third venue that Logan Arts has equipped with NEXO. The Logan Entertainment Centre was the first to receive a NEXO system, and we have been relying on the brand ever since. It has worked and continues to work well for us, meaning that we can deliver for our operators consistently, and our audiences always leave having had a great experience. We used NEXO’s software packages to map the venue, and the translation from software to reality has been excellent. The M12 and MSUB 18 have great build quality and excellent performance.”
Integral to the venue’s system design was Phil Viney, director of design stage, who outlined their decision-making process:
“When we specified the system, the M12 array actually didn’t exist in Australia yet. We had never used it before, and really, the choice was based on NEXO’s strong reputation and Logan Arts’ preference and love for the brand. I have no doubt the client is very pleased with the outcome.”
Crafted with integrity and containing patented technologies that set the brand apart from similar offerings, the M12’s outstanding fidelity and versatile configuration have once again proven NEXO’s proficiency in delivering cabinets that are both powerful and nimble. Harmonising the legacy of its local past with NEXO’s globally recognised next-generation technologies, Kingston Butter Factory is poised to enrich the City of Logan for years to come. As Nathan explains, the venue is already actively engaged in events, with the GEO M12 line array helping fuel successful performances and community atmosphere:
“The NEXO M12 system is a complete turn-key audio solution within our venue. It has been invaluable for client retention and a positive audience experience. We have been impressed with the performance, the technology- for both planning and execution- and its connectivity, that allows us to use our DANTE enabled consoles to connect and control the system quickly. And of course, the exceptional sound quality, which is precisely what we have grown to love and expect from NEXO.”