The Thunder Audio team (pictured left to right): Paul Owen, Vice President; Tony Villarreal, President; and Greg Snyder, Business Development Manager.
Northridge, CA (May 22, 2013)—As the 2013 summer music festival season starts up, tour sound provider Thunder Audio is ready to support a number of shows with its 50-plus JBL VTX Series V25 line array loudspeakers, dozens of s28 and G28 subwoofers and 98 Crown I-Tech HD Series I-Tech 12000 HD amps.

This summer, Thunder Audio will provide audio for the Movement Electronic Music Festival, the Faster Horses Festival and the Electric Forest Music Festival, along with tours for Lynryd Skynrd and Bad Company, and Marilyn Manson with Alice Cooper.

“This summer is shaping up to be an extremely busy one for us,” commented Greg Snyder, Business Development Manager for Thunder Audio. “We are using the JBL VTX Series on all of these festivals and tours because we feel that it is the best suited for a multitude of reasons.”

The Movement Electronic Music Festival will take place in Hart Plaza in Detroit on Memorial Day weekend and feature more than 100 of the genre’s biggest artists including Deadmau5, Carl Craig, Moby and more. Thunder Audio will outfit the main Red Bull Music Academy stage with 18 V25 full-size line array elements per side and four hangs of nine S28 subwoofers on the left and right of the stage, along with six V25 loudspeakers per side for outfill. A total of 16 G28 ground-stacked subs will be deployed in a cardioid configuration for front fill, and side fills will include two S28 subs with two V25 loudspeakers on top. The system will be driven by a total of 98 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers and connected through dbx DriveRack 4800 loudspeaker management systems via JBL HiQnet Performance Manager software.

Rothbury, MI’s Electric Forest outdoor music festival (June 27–30) will feature performers in the jam band and electronic music genres, including The String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Passion Pit and nearly 100 other artists. For the diverse musical lineup, Thunder Audio will provide 16 V25 line array elements per side for the main left and right hangs and out-hangs of nine V25’s per side, complemented by 12 S28 and six G28 subs per side, powered by 72 I-Tech 12000 HD amps with dbx DriveRack 4800.

The Faster Horses Festival is a three-day country music and camping festival to be held in Brooklyn, MI on July 19–21. The featured artists include ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean who will be joined by Kix Brooks, Florida Georgia Line and many others. The main stage system will include 18 V25 loudspeakers per side, with 12 V25’s flown per side for outfills and 12 JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements used for center and front fill. A dozen G28 ground-stacked subwoofers, 98 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amps and dbx 4800 processing complete the system lineup.

“One of reasons we’ve used VTX for the past year is the sheer horsepower of the speakers and subs,” Snyder said “The extended low-end response of the S28 and G28 is incredible and the clarity of the V25 both outdoors and indoors rises above any other line array out there.” Snyder finds that the 15-inch woofers in the V25 make “a world of difference” and that the capability to change its crossover points from 80Hz to 60Hz enables Thunder Audio to optimize a VTX-based system for rock, electronic, country, jazz or any other type of music.

“After more than a year in the trenches using JBL VTX at a diverse number of events, I feel that VTX is a system that has established itself as something that’s going to set the standard for a long time,” Snyder concluded.