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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Support BMW China’s Olympic Festival For Nation’s Athletes

NORTHRIDGE, California – Filling the Bird’s Nest National Stadium in Beijing with fans, athletes, country representatives and musicians, BMW China held a festival to cheer on the Chinese Olympic Delegation before the 2012 games in London. The event featured more than 100 BMW vehicles throughout the venue, with multiple performing artists and Chinese Olympic figures including Lang Ping, Yang Wei, Wang Liqin and Li Xiaoshuang.

Bejing TianYin CaiYun International Culture & Media Co., Ltd deployed HARMAN’s new JBL VTX line array system and VERTEC® line arrays to provide uniform sound coverage throughout the nationally-acclaimed stadium. Mixing the event were Jin Shaogang and Ma Xin, who were responsible for mixing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and therefore already familiar with the venue and its demanding coverage requirements. Additional technical support for the event was provided by Advanced Communications Equipment (ACE), the largest HARMAN distributor in China.

The sound reinforcement system design featured four ground-stacked JBL VTX line arrays each consisting of four V25 line array elements and two S28 subwoofers for main VIP area coverage. Twelve additional ground-stacked
VERTEC line arrays, each containing three VT4889-1 line array elements and two VT4880A arrayable subwoofers, provided supplemental coverage for the lower seating areas and to cover the upper tribune of the stadium, eight line array clusters were hung, each consisting of eight VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements and two VT4882 arrayable subwoofers.

Crown I-Tech HD series amplifiers with built-in DSP processing powered the PA system. With Crown and its industry-leading flexibility, delay and equalization was easily adjusted during the event. At the front of house position was a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, while Vi6 and Vi1 digital consoles were utilized for monitoring.

System design engineer Joe Rao of Bejing TianYin CaiYun International Culture & Media Co., Ltd commented, “This was the biggest production in the Bird’s Nest since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Preparations for the one-night show took two weeks and it was a great event with superb sound quality and excellent coverage.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Altincizme Provides HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Soundcraft® Vi6 Console in Turkey for Efes Pilsen One Love Festival

Altincizme provided JBL VERTEC line arrays and a Soundcraft Vi6 front-of-house console for the One Love Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Altincizme recently provided an extensive HARMAN audio system featuring JBL VERTEC® line arrays and a Soundcraft Vi6 front-of-house console for the One Love Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, produced by Pozitif Productions.

The One Love Festival took place at the famous Santralistanbul venue and celebrated its 11th consecutive year with performances by internationally renowned artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Pulp, Damien Rice and Kimbra.

The main PA system at the Festival featured 24 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (12 per side), powered by eight Crown VRack complete amplification systems. A Soundcraft Vi6 console was used as the FOH console at the Festival.

“It was the smoothest VERTEC I have ever heard,” said Chris Leckie, FOH Engineer for Kaiser Chiefs, who has also used the Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 digital consoles for the band’s most recent world tour.

“I’m grateful to be mixing on a Soundcraft board and continue to love my job, which is the most important part. With the help of Soundcraft it only gets better,” Leckie recently noted.

Founded in the late 1950s, Altincizme (owned by Serdar and Serhan Altincizme) is the oldest and most successful systems-for-hire company in Turkey, supported by HARMAN’s Turkish distributor, SF Ses ve Isik Sistemleri Ltd.

For more information on Altincizme, please visit www.altincizme.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Lifting the Sound at Lakewood: HARMAN’s JBL VTX Loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers Highlight Overhaul of America’s Largest Church for Pastor Joel Osteen’s Sermons

Covenant Communications recently upgraded the audio system at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas with an extensive selection of HARMAN components including JBL VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and BSS audio processing. Photo Credit: Brad Ricks

HOUSTON, Texas – Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, the largest “megachurch” in the United States, recently received a complete audio upgrade to its 16,800-seat facility. Working with Shawn Mullins and Joe Smart of Houston-based sound contractor Covenant Communications, the team designed and installed a HARMAN audio system featuring JBL’s new VTX Series line arrays and subwoofers along with Crown Audio I-Tech HD Series amplifiers and BSS Audio BLU-800 signal processors.

Lakewood Church is led by senior pastor Joel Osteen, whose broadcasts reach more than 10 million viewers worldwide every week. The Church features a large stage at the front with floor and tiered seating all around. Lakewood Church moved into its current location (formerly the Compaq Center) in 2005, renovating the facility and sound system. However, as the Ministry grew in scope, over the past year church management including Lakewood Church technical director Reed Hall and senior audio engineers BK Beard and Brad Duryea realized the system needed to be upgraded.

“Pastor Joel Osteen uses a lavalier mic and moves around the stage quite a bit when giving his sermons. He wants to reach and engage every congregant. The audio system needs to be heard loud and clear in every part of the church,” noted Hall. “However, the existing system was a bit deficient in headroom and because lavaliers don’t have the output (gain before feedback) of handheld mics, it was sometimes a challenge to get a loud enough level from Osteen’s lapel mic. Management also felt that the coverage from the older system’s front fills was inadequate, and that the system was deficient in upper midrange and high-frequency clarity.”

Covenant first demonstrated Crown IT12000HD amplifiers on a section of the existing system. It made a “huge improvement” in headroom and clarity according to Smart, but didn’t solve all of the existing problems. Subsequently Hall, Beard, Duryea and Smart demoed various line array loudspeaker systems. “Nine months ago I knew nothing about JBL VTX line arrays,” said Hall, “but once we found out VTX was on its way we told each other we really needed to hear it.”

For initial evaluation purposes, Hall and key members of his audio team attended a VTX demonstration at the Forum in Los Angeles conducted by Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. Next they brought VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and competitors’ models into Lakewood Church to perform side-by-side comparisons, and chose the V25 after extensive auditioning. All were impressed by the high-frequency smoothness, clarity and extension of the V25 and its D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver, as well as the massive amount of low-end the V25 provides, which enabled them to ultimately reduce the number of subwoofers they had planned to deploy and allowed them to select a 60Hz crossover point for the V25’s to achieve a better blend between the main speakers and the subwoofers.

The speaker complement selected for Lakewood Church includes 60 JBL VTX V25 line array cabinets and 20 VTX S28 subwoofers, flown in four arrays: main left-right V25 arrays of 20 enclosures each, two suspended arrays of 10 S28 subwoofers and two side arrays with 10 V25 loudspeakers each. The main left-right arrays curve down 90 degrees to cover from front seats all the way up to the back bowl of the church. In addition, 26 JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements are employed—eight for sound reinforcement for the choir, 12 used as outfill and six deployed as front fill. A total of 73 Crown IT12000HD amplifiers power the entire system.

Hall feels that Lakewood Church is the best-sounding arena in the country because of its padded seats, sloping floor, and carpeting. However, the room has some hard surfaces surrounding the seats and achieving a tight low end proved to be challenging because of the existence of a number of metal-framed sheetrock partitions that have the potential to resonate. The V25’s tightly focused low-frequency output helped solve this issue.

Hall also found the system much easier to setup and configure than what was previously installed, thanks to the synergy between the JBL VTX loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ and BSS London Architect programming software and communications protocol. When setting up the system Beard & Duryea went through every cabinet one by one, dialed in each group of speakers and then integrated the entire system, a process made easier by System Architect. Additional onsite support was provided by Allan Devantier, Manager, Objective Evaluation, HARMAN International, and Paul Bauman, and the HARMAN Audio Test System (HATS) was employed to calibrate and tune the Lakewood Church installation. With the improvements to the Lakewood Church audio system, Hall feels that the large facility now offers the acoustic experience of a 4,500-seat theater.

“For those that haven’t heard the new JBL VTX series they can’t imagine the level of performance these speakers achieve. While JBL VERTEC has long been seen as the industry standard, the VTX technology is truly a game-changer for live sound applications,” added Smart.

“Osteen wants the system to sound everywhere the way it sounds in the front row, and with this system we have nailed it,” Hall concluded. “Compared to the old system from the console, Osteen’s voice sounds 50 feet closer than it did before.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Meyer Sound MILO at Lollapalooza Main Stage is “Smooth & Coherent”

For three evenings in July, 45,000-plus fervent fans gathered at the Lollapalooza festival’s Bud Light Stage to hear some of the world’s top musical acts, including Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, Avicii, Justice, and Franz Ferdinand. To deliver their music with full impact across the 7.5-acre grassy quadrangle, Thunder Audio of Livonia, Mich. assembled a massive sound reinforcement system built around 76 Meyer Sound MILO line array loudspeakers.

“The MILO system sounded phenomenal, as it always does,” comments Thunder’s Gregory Snyder, who served as system designer and project manager for the event. “The FOH mixers for every act were amazed with how smooth and coherent the system was, regardless of levels.”

Anchoring the sound at the stage were dual main hangs of 18 per side MILO loudspeakers, supplemented by outfills of eight MILO loudspeakers each. Low end pumped through 36 700-HP subwoofers while MILO 120, MICA, and M’elodie line array loudspeakers provided, respectively, front, front-out, and center downfill. Eight MILO loudspeakers were hoisted atop each of three delay towers, and the entire system was governed by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with four Galileo 616 processors.

The Meyer Sound rig—along with everyone in attendance—received a thorough drenching from a fierce Saturday afternoon thunderstorm, forcing cancellation of one act at the stage. All other acts performed as scheduled, and to overwhelming audience response.

“They all sounded great, but to be honest I thought Black Sabbath with Ozzy was beyond amazing,” recounts Snyder. “Considering the volumes they were playing, the stereo imaging and clarity were astonishing. It never sounded overdriven.”

With Florence + The Machine, Snyder was impressed by “the precise separation of the instruments and the way her voice fell into the mix.” And with the French DJ duo Justice, he noted how the low end was “punchy and yet smooth, with none of that distorted square wave sound you’ll get sometimes in DJ sets.”

Thunder Audio also provided Avid Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, plus eight Shure 900 Series IEM systems and eight Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems. Systems tech on the Thunder Audio crew was Erik Rogers.

Lollapalooza producer C3 Presents invited Thunder Audio to bring the MILO rig to Chicago based in large part on the performance of the system at Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival, also produced by C3, which was staged in Atlantic City in June.

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Flag Systems Expands Its Horizons With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series Line Arrays

Flag Systems recently deployed its new JBL VTX line array system at Jazz Fest West in San Dimas, California.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Flag Systems is a top southern California sound contractor that supplies systems for everything from major outdoor festivals to private corporate events and the Santa Ana-based company recently joined the growing list of sound providers who have added JBL’s new flagship VTX Series line array loudspeakers to their inventory. Flag Systems put its V25 line arrays and S28 subwoofers to the test at the recent Jazz Fest West and Hard Summer outdoor concerts—two musically diverse events that spanned the musical gamut from smooth jazz to bass-heavy hip-hop.

“We have been long-time JBL users—we bought our first VERTEC® line array system in 2001 and have seen the quality of JBL line arrays improve steadily since then,” said Dave Forney, Flag Systems’ Owner. “In fact, even before the VTX Series came along we saw a big improvement in the performance of our VERTEC line arrays by upgrading our power amplifiers to Crown Audio IT12000HD amps, which allowed us to take advantage of their built-in VERTEC V5 presets. Everywhere we tried V5 we heard amazing results, including at the permanent installation we run at the Hollywood Palladium. So when JBL announced the introduction of the VTX Series you might say we were all ears.”

“We looked at our upcoming summer concert schedule and determined we could support a major new equipment buy,” Forney added. “We had already bought the Crown I-Tech HD amps, which are optimized for use with VTX line arrays, so we were already a good part of the way there.”

Flag Systems purchased 24 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and 16 S28 arrayable subwoofers. “Depending on the venue, we’ll use some or all of our VTX boxes for a concert,” noted Forney. “We can do a 4,000 to 5,000 person show using two left and right hangs of four V25’s each along with six S28 subs per side, or we’ll go all the way up to the full rig of 24 V25’s and 16 S28’s for large outdoor events.”

“The sound quality of the V25 is just stunning,” Forney commented. “The first thing that struck me is how in-phase everything seems to be. It really doesn’t sound like you’re listening to multiple drivers; it sounds like all the sound is coming from one source instead of a bunch of 15-inch and 8-inch drivers and tweeters.”

According to Eric Williams, Chief Systems Engineer for Flag Systems, the clarity of the V25 is exceptional. “At Jazz Fest West, all of us at Flag and a number of guest front-of-house engineers were marveling at the sound,” he said. “We had to re-check all of our reverb settings as the system was so revealing that the quality of the reverbs came through much more clearly.”

“After firing the system up, I realized it didn’t need any EQ,” Williams pointed out. “I mean, none. I’d never had this happen before—typically, a line array system will always need some EQ. During Chaka Khan’s performance, Anthony Jeffries, her mixing engineer, added a little bit of EQ but after that we went back to flat—and except for a little touch here and there, no one else EQ’d the system for the rest of the weekend. I kept telling myself, ‘This is not normal!’ In fact, it actually felt a little scary…we had to get used to it!”

“I mixed the first three acts at Jazz Fest West and it was effortless,” Williams continued. “During guitarist Marc Antoine’s set, I could feel every nuance of him playing the strings, the snare was punchy and fat, and the cymbals had shimmer and complexity. We went from console to console depending on what the acts specified on their rider, and everyone was able to get consistently excellent sound from the V25’s and S28’s.”

“The new VTX rig is like a Maserati—it is a thrill to drive and the performance is outstanding,” said Pamela Forney, Production Manager for Flag Systems. “I have now used VTX at three festivals and it is wildly efficient. It throws forever and the clarity and warmth are never compromised. Congratulations to JBL as they have definitely crossed over this time with VTX!”

Flag Systems’ VTX rig can go from subtle to seismic, as demonstrated at the HARD Summer Festival in Los Angeles, which featured the immensely popular electronic artist Skrillex. “At HARD Summer, we mixed Skrillex at 125dB in an outdoor space that was about 200 feet by 500 feet. The system did an amazing job of getting there, staying there and doing it well,” Williams added.

Flag Systems uses JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ control software for the VTX line arrays and Crown amps. “Performance Manager makes it extremely quick to set up the system and get the amps on line, but maybe even more important, it gives us real-time monitoring and reporting,” Williams said. “I know what’s going on with every speaker and amp. Performance Manager is the one piece of software I start with at the beginning of the day, and it’s the last thing I shut off at the end of the day.”

“The quality of the JBL VTX Series is so good that engineers are going to have to re-think what their sound systems are capable of,” Williams concluded. “We now need to realize that we’re going to have to mix to what we’re capable of hearing—not to what we’re used to hearing.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Micworks Masterminds “Genius” Sound with KARA

L-ACOUSTICS system deployed on 80th annual Pageant of the Masters

LAGUNA BEACH, California – September 2012 — Celebrating its milestone 80th season this year, Pageant of the Masters is an annual summer festival where life truly does imitate art. Staged at the 2,700-seat Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, the Festival of Arts event is best known for its “tableaux vivants” in which classical and contemporary works of art are recreated onstage through an elaborate mix of costumed models, props, backdrops and lighting.

This year’s production, known as “Genius”, focused on the works of numerous visionaries like Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. But the visual aspect of the event was only half of the story. Accompanying the 90-minute show of “living pictures” each night throughout July and August were a professional narrator, vocalists singing period pieces, and a 30-member live orchestra, all sonically reinforced via a new L-ACOUSTICS KARA system. more

Dubai-Based Showtech Upgrades Pro Rental Line With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Loudspeakers

Members of the GSL and Showtech teams with Showtech’s new VTX line array system. Left to right: Glen Kershaw, GSL; Shaji George, Showtech; Wasim Shaikh, Showtech; and Jan Tarakji, GSL.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Showtech Sound & Light Design, based in Dubai, UAE, has become the first company in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to purchase HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array system, adding to its existing JBL VERTEC® line array system and wide range of HARMAN products.

Showtech purchased the system from Dubai-based HARMAN distributor GSL Professional LLC. The system consists of 24 VTX V25 line array loudspeakers along with 16 VTX S28 subwoofers. To power the VTX system, Showtech purchased 32 Crown I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers.

Several years ago, Showtech was also the first company in the GCC to purchase JBL’s VERTEC VT4889 arrayable loudspeakers and the addition of VTX creates new opportunities for upcoming concerts, shows and other events.

As the first VTX system in the Middle East, GSL and Showtech are proud to demonstrate the latest technology introduced by JBL, including the D2 Dual Drivers found in the V25 cabinets. GSL believes that this system will bring a new standard to the rental and touring market due to JBL’s constant advancement in technology and vision towards the future.

Showtech’s HOD-Sound, Wasim Shaikh, commented, “We made this decision because of the performance of the products but also because of the ways in which the loudspeakers, amplifiers and other components are designed to work together. The purchase was made based on the professional and reliable performance of our VERTEC line arrays and we look forward to using the new system at upcoming concerts and events.”

Showtech’s Managing Director, Shaji George, commented, “We share a relationship of trust with GSL Professional and have been happy with JBL and HARMAN products over the years. HARMAN’s reliability makes our decision much easier when new products are introduced to the market.”

“This truly is a great sale for GSL Professional and will reflect highly for the HARMAN Professional brands in the Middle Eastern market,” said Shaikh.

For more information on GSL Professional, please visit: www.gslprofessional.com

For more information on Showtech, please visit: http://www.showtechme.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

VUE Continues Momentum, Announces Representation for the Western U.S.

San Diego, CA (August 30, 2012) - VUE Audiotechnik today announced the appointment of three noted representative firms that will oversee the company’s sales and support efforts across the western U.S.

Building on the momentum sparked by VUE’s first official product unveilings at the InfoComm show in June, these appointments mark the latest step in an aggressive expansion of a worldwide sales and distribution network for the young brand.

H.C. Garrison Company, The SG Group, and Warman Marketing all join VUE Audiotechnik as of August, and can be reached in their prospective territories via the contact information provided below.

“Fostering strong, long-term relationships as a cornerstone to great service is one of our most valued principles at VUE,” explained VUE Audiotechnik’s Executive Vice President Jim Sides. “These firms share that same commitment, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to bring their experience, passion and energy to our efforts.”

California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii

The SG Group
Laurie Valenzi-Buell
(310) 937-7529
laurie@thesggroupreps.com
www.thesggroupreps.com

Washington, Oregon, Western Montana and Northwest Idaho

H.C. Garrison Company
H.C. (Bud) Garrison
(503) 638-4906
hcgarr@aol.com

Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and Southeast Idaho, Eastern Montana

Warman Marketing
Harry Warman
(800) 792-7626
hwarman@comcast.net
www.warmanmarketing.com

About VUE Audiotechnik
VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

Meyer Sound LEO Unleashed at San Francisco Outside Lands Festival

For three days in August, an estimated 100,000 fans converged at the sold-out Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. With must-sees including Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Metallica, and Foo Fighters, this year’s impeccable lineup at the Lands End main stage was supported by Meyer Sound’s freshly unveiled LEO large-scale sound reinforcement system. LEO’s exceptional fidelity made an instant impression on many attending industry professionals who encountered LEO for the first time, including Another Planet, producer of Outside Lands.

“Faithfully reproducing music for 65,000 is no easy task, but the Meyer Sound LEO system this year did an incredible job,” states Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment. “Legends like Neil Young and Stevie Wonder sounded better than I had ever heard them before, and LEO also made it easy for sound crews to do their job. LEO is definitely raising the bar for how live music should be appreciated.”

To cover the main audience area to a distance well past the first delay tower, more than 275 feet from the stage, sound provider Pro Media/UltraSound of Hercules, Calif. erected two main arrays of 15-each LEO-M loudspeakers at one end of Golden Gate Park’s oval Polo Field. Equally potent bass power was produced through side arrays of 12-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and a center grouping of 10 700-HP subwoofers, all in cardioid configurations. Six MICA line array loudspeakers were used as downfills under the LEO-M arrays, along with dual out fills of 10 MICA loudspeakers each.

Big Mick Hughes, long-time FOH engineer for Metallica, mixed his first live show on a LEO system at this year’s Outside Lands. “The Metallica kick drum uses a considerable amount of high frequencies in order to create the attack required. There are parts in the show where the volume of the kick can hit a typical system’s high-frequency limiters. To my amazement this was not the case with LEO,” says Hughes. “LEO is such a unique animal. I think it’s a really exciting time for people to be able to hear things in this manner for the first time. LEO is going to make engineers expect more from all speaker systems.”

Two delay towers (a second at 500 feet) each held 16 MILO line array loudspeakers as dual hangs of eight, while CQ-1, CQ-2, MSL-4, and UPA-1P loudspeakers were deployed for, respectively, front fill, VIP stands, and a VIP tent. System drive and alignment were supplied by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with four Callisto 616 and two Galileo 616 processors.

Pro Media/UltraSound also provided a full complement of Meyer Sound MJF-212A stage monitors, dual hangs of five MILO loudspeakers per side as side fills with a pair of 700-HP subs, as well as the Avid D-Show FOH console used by some opening acts. Additional headliner-supplied consoles were by DiGiCo (SD5, SD7, and SD8), Midas (Heritage 3000, XL-8), and Yamaha PM-5D.

Derek Featherstone, Pro Media/UltraSound’s VP of tour and rental division, headed technical planning and coordination. “We were all impressed with how quickly the system came together sonically and how much headroom there was,” says Featherstone. “With this amount of power, the 1100-LFC had no problem keeping up with the LEO-M cabinets.”

Jason Mills served as FOH system engineer; Tom Lyon as system tech; Ian Dubois as crew chief; Tony Norris and Rick Stansby as stage techs; Nick Abru as tower tech; Sean McAdams as PA tech; and Nathan Harlow as overnight system engineer.

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Scouting for Victory with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays

Victory Tour Production deployed a massive JBL VTX line array system for Jamboree Denmark 2012.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Billed as the largest scout and guide event ever held in Denmark, more than 37,000 gathered in a field just outside the city of Holstebro in northwest Jutland recently for the first-ever Jamboree Denmark 2012. Premier rental company Victory Tour Production took the opportunity to evaluate HARMAN’S newly-released JBL VTX line array system over the 8-day festival, which was organized by the five internationally-recognized guide and scout associations in Denmark. Looking to upgrade its inventory, Victory Tour Production hired a large system from AED Rent.

The company had first worked with VTX several months earlier at a 1-day festival called Herning Rocker at Teglparken Stadion, Herning. Victory’s Jesper Sørensen confirmed that the company was eager to put it to the test again. “When it came to the Jamboree we wanted a system that could be used to cover the entire venue with the same boxes,” he said. “We wanted it to be easy to run over minimum distances of 100 meters with a single CAT5 cable to feed input and processing—and without needing to install subs at delay positions. That was the main challenge and the VTX was extremely good at that, providing nice low-end coverage across the entire coverage area.”

In total the company installed 84 V25 fullsize line array elements and 24 S28 arrayable subwoofers. The V25’s were configured in two hangs of 12 per side, with 12 S28 subs per side configured as a cardioid array for improved rear rejection. In addition, there were six delay towers with 12 V25’s per position for the first delay ring and a further three masts with eight V25 elements for the second delay ring.

According to Jakup Andrias Knudsen, LydRommet Denmark’s Pro Audio Sales & Technical Support Specialist who provided system engineering support for the event, all delay towers were run with the X preset and the main system had a crossover at 80 Hz. “We tried different sub configurations until we found the one that worked best,” he said. “Since the opening and closing ceremonies were broadcast live, there was a major concern as to how much onstage spillage would occur and we found that the S28 works extremely well in cardioid mode, offering very good front-to-rear rejection.”

To get the best performance possible out of the VTX line arrays, the entire system was powered and processed using Crown I-Tech HD amps—with 42 I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers powering the V25’s and 24 I-Tech 12000 HD amps running the subs. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ was used for system optimization and was highly effective in controlling the massive setup. “Thanks to Performance Manager I only needed to confirm the system response using Smaart V7,” Knudsen said. “After some sub alignment, delay time measurements and overall response testing, we were ready to run.”

Environmental impact on surrounding neighborhoods was also an important concern for the event, according to Knudsen. “We were not specifically asked to steer the sound away, since local residents had been warned of the event 18 months in advance. However, we made some last-minute changes to the outer delay hangs to minimize spillage and ended up with an 18dB drop in SPL at the perimeter, which kept everyone happy.”

The VTX system successfully demonstrated its versatility while handling many different types of program material over the eight days—with the opening and closing ceremony including speech, video feeds and live music, and daily performances from DJ’s and live bands. Outstanding performance of the new D2 compression driver, in particular, showed just how revolutionary VTX is and Jesper Sørensen stated that the D2 technology had made quite an impact. “The D2 dual drivers are extremely powerful and provide a new means of listening to high frequencies. Some of the visiting engineers came with mixer setups and immediately noticed a difference in the high frequencies, discovering that they needed to mix in a new way to get the best out of VTX. All of them confirmed that the experience with the new JBL system was an excellent one.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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