JBL VTX Loudspeakers Create a Buzz at Orion Music + More Festival
JBL VTX and VERTEC® loudspeakers were used in combination to deliver the audio from one of the main stages at the recent Orion Music + More Festival in Atlantic City, N.J., an event that featured four separate stages in all. The set-up, designed and built by Baltimore-based production company Maryland Sound International, contained a number of JBL line arrays, all powered by Crown IT amps and mixed using Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles. The sound from the stage was so dynamic and impressive that 15 minutes after the first act started performing, people from around the venue started coming by and asking why their PA system sounded so good. It made quite an impression on the 64,000 attendees.
JBL VTX and VERTEC speakers were used on one of the stages at the Orion Music + More Festival, and created quite a buzz. JBL Pro makes VTX and VERTEC speakers.
Maryland Sound International has over 45 years of experience in sound systems for major events, and chose JBL VTX and VERTEC speakers intentionally for this stage. For the set-up, they used 14 VTX V25 line arrays and 12 VERTEC VT4888 mid-size line array elements per side, along with 12 VT4880A full-size subwoofers. For out fill, MSI arranged 6 VT4889 full-size line array elements on each side, and used 4 VT4887s for front fill. In addition to the main PA, MSI also deployed VT4889 and VT4888s JBL line arrays as stage monitors, and placed another pair of VT4881 subwoofers near the drums to add low-end monitoring. The entire speaker system was powered by 80 Crown IT12000HD amps, 70 for the JBL VTX and VERTEC main speakers and 10 for the VERTEC monitors. Front-of-house and monitor mixing was performed by a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles, and the entire system was tuned using JBL’s HiQNet Performance Manager™ software.
Maryland Sound originally purchased the JBL V25s because of their commitment to deliver the very best sound “when the audience matters – when they’re listening to the bands they care about,” said their General Manager, Jeremiah Leiter. The Orion Music + More Festival gave them a great opportunity to try out their new JBL VTX speakers in a large outdoor concert setting, and they performed magnificently, he noted.
Because of the multi-band, multi-stage format, there wasn’t a lot of time for set-up between acts, which made the superior sound quality of VTX and VERTEC JBL line arrays a key factor, Leiter stated. Most of the bands had time to do only a line check and not a full sound check, which meant they couldn’t tweak the EQs and settings for every instrument and vocalist. Fortunately, the line arrays had a flat-enough response that they required only minor adjustments at the mixing boards.
Another feature that the technicians at Maryland Sound loved was the installation system. “The JBL VTX speakers are much easier to move into place and rig,” Leiter shared. The dolly system used to transport the system is secure and rugged, and the built-in rigging hardware made it faster and simpler to fly the speakers quickly. On top of that, he said, “Performance Manager almost makes configuring the system idiot-proof.”
To put a finishing touch on the event, Leiter said that everyone was knocked out by the sound. The bands were extremely pleased, and many other audio professionals came around to their stage to check it out. “We really created a buzz,” he concluded.
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