New York (May 25, 2006)–Abe V Systems (AVS) has been a staple of the New York scene for years, providing audio, production, staging, installation and other on site services for every music genre there is, but the company, headed by Abe Viera and his son, Abe Jr., is likely best-known for its work in the Latin market; to whit, the company recently teamed with Ralph Mercado Management (RMM) and local Latin radio station, La Mega 97.9, to produce a concert at Madison Square Garden. The result was La Mega’s Mega Concierto, a combination of international acts playing Salsa and Reggaeton.
A brand-new JBL VerTec line array system was used by New York-based Abe V. Systems for La Mega’s Mega Concierto at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Todd KaplanThe venue didn’t present a challenge to the crew of AVS, as it provides concert sound reinforcement nearly twice a month all year long. Even so, the show was different for the company as it was the first time it had used JBL VerTec line arrays at the Garden.
“We recently bought them and had used them once before at Nassau Coliseum,” Abe Sr. said. “We really liked the boxes. In our 20 year history, we had always used something else but when we heard the VerTecs, the sound was impressive, their coverage was great and the bottom end was excellent.”
For the LaMega concert, the company flew four clusters of VerTec VT4889s left and right with additional EAW sidefills facing toward the audience. Hung next to them were VT4880 sub boxes, making six flown stacks in all. Those cabinets were powered with Crest 8200s, wired straight to amp racks located under stage left and right. Each amp rack had two 8200s, with additional power provided by one 9001 and one 1001 amp. All of the evening’s acts used Sennheiser wirelsss mics, and stage monitors were Clair Brothers 12AM wedges.
AVS provided its own crew for the FOH and monitor positions, with monitors manned by Eliezar Travail (known in New York as Spanish ET) and the systems techs were Edwig Timmer and Manny Martinez; Daniel Viera was the systems engineer for the event and Fernando Garcia handled the FOH duties.
The company provided two Yamaha PM5Ds and two Midas Heritage 3000 consoles, split between functions. One PM5D and one Heritage 3000 split the two sections of clusters and one of each handled monitors. Abe Viera Jr. says the company plans to use the Heritage desks alone for FOH and the PM5Ds for monitors in the future.
“We spent a lot of time learning the system this time around,” said Abe Jr. “After tweaking the setup with Smaart in combination with the angles provided by JBL, we were able to get the boxes at perfect angles for that venue. It was a more scientific approach than we’ve taken in the past and it paid off because we got a thorough understanding of the VerTecs and how to rig them in the Garden right away. It makes everything more efficient and allows us to fine tune in ways we couldn’t otherwise.”
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