Detroit, MI (September 9, 2013)—Vue Audiotechnik systems provided by Whitmore Lake, MI-based Aerial Enterprises were used for two of the stages at the 36th annual Detroit Jazz Festival this year.
"We'd been hearing a lot of positive things about Vue, and were very curious to hear their systems in action. We've known Jeff Taylor for many years, so when I found out he'd joined the company, I contacted him about trying a couple line arrays at the festival,” said Aerial's Dave Bartlebaugh, who also serves as production manager for the festival.
Bartlebaugh, along with Aerial's Jim Lillie, deployed Vue al-Class systems and complementary h-Class components at two of the festival's nine stages.
The Mack Avenue Records stage featured Stereo al-4 subcompact arrays of eight elements each. A pair of Vue V4 Systems Engines provided power and processing. For the low frequencies, three VUE hs-28 powered subwoofers were placed in a cardioid arrangement. Finally, a pair of Vue hm-112s driven by a single V4 Systems Engine handled downstage center monitor duty.
At the larger Carhartt Amphitheater stage, Aerial deployed the Vue al-8 line array. Two hangs of eight elements each were powered by four Vue V6 Systems Engines. A quartet of Vue hs-28 subwoofers were arranged in end-fire cardioid configuration.
Midas Pro series consoles handled mixing duties at both stages, with a Pro 2 running the Mack Avenue Records stage and a Pro 6 at the Carhartt Amphitheater.
"From the moment I walked up to the console and pushed the faders up, I felt instantly comfortable with the Vue system,” commented Claudia Engelhart, who mixed guitarist Bill Frisell's performance in the Carhartt Amphitheater on the al-8 system.