New York, NY (April 18, 2011)—The Royal Netherlands Air Force Orchestra is currently on tour, playing theaters with the help of a JBL VerTec subcompact line array system.
According to Michael Story, who owns Netherlands-based rental company Story Sound with his brother Egbert, the system is perfect for the sub-1,000-seat capacity venues the Orchestra is playing through May to present its themed orchestral music program, “Tribute to Michael Jackson.”
Story Sound designed a scalable system, using a larger configuration at venues such as the Chassé Theater in Breda, where the tour opened. The tour is carrying 32 VT4886 subcompact full-range line array elements and 12 VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers, mounted on multi-box dollies for fast load-in. Story explained, “For most venues, we field 12 VT4886 elements per side and ground stack four. But for the larger theaters, such as the Chassé, we increase this to 16 VT4886 elements per side. We have found there is greater dynamic range with the VT4886 compared with other systems we tried, and the clarity in the low end is amazing. It provides a massive difference, offering very high fidelity and enormous power from a small footprint.”
Also on the trek are Studer Vista 5SR consoles used by FOH engineer Remko Luijten (and backup Wibo Vermeulen), and the two monitor engineers, Ger Arts and Taco Peut. To accommodate the inputs from a 55-piece brass band, two similar mix environments have been provided for both the FOH and monitor positions. “Both systems are configured with similar DSP and five MADI inputs and sometimes the orchestra rehearses with just a monitor board—so there is no need to build up the whole FOH rack,” Story concluded.