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Firehouse Heaps On Harman For Rock Hall Induction

Cleveland, OH (April 9, 2009)--Firehouse Productions (Red Hook, NY) provided a JBL VerTec line array system with Crown I-Tech HD power amps for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

At the R&RHOF Induction
were (l-r): Paul Bauman, JBL;
Bryan Olson and Mark Dittmar of
Firehouse Productions; and
Brian Divine, Crown Audio.
Cleveland, OH (April 9, 2009)–Firehouse Productions (Red Hook, NY) provided a JBL VerTec line array system with Crown I-Tech HD power amps for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Held Saturday, April 4, this year’s event took place in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and commemorated the inductions of artists such as Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Bobby Womack, Run DMC and Metallica.

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony was broadcast live on the Fuse network. In addition to performances by several of the inductees, the event included presenters such as Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Flea and Smokey Robinson. Behind the FOH mixing desks were live sound engineers such as Tony Blanc, Dan Gerhard, ‘Big Mick’ Hughes (Metallica) and Greg Bess (Jeff Beck).

For the event, Firehouse deployed a number of Harman Pro Group products, including a PA system that consisted of 16 VerTec VT4889 large-format line array elements and 12 VT4880A ultra long excursion arrayable subwoofers per side, with five additional VT4889’s comprising a center cluster. Firehouse set up an additional eight VT4887 compact line array elements per side for off-stage coverage, four VT4887s for front fill, and four floor-located VT4880 subwoofers. Firehouse’s new Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers powered the system, which also relied on Crown and JBL’s new V4 DSP presets, which use Crown’s new LevelMAX multi-stage limiting in the HD amps.

According to Mark Dittmar of Firehouse, the Public Auditorium posed some rigging challenges. “We had to do a large number of spanner trusses to support the PA system and cabling in this venue,” he said. “As with all TV shows, designing a PA that will cover the whole room, deliver superb sound quality and not show up in any of the camera shots is a major challenge. The light weight of the VerTec line arrays and the ability to tightly wrap the PA and aim it down at extreme angles is very useful in designing and installing the system. The fact that it sounds great makes its use a no-brainer.”

The new Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers feature a new DSP engine co-developed with BSS Audio called OmniDriveHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters. “This was our first major live sound event utilizing I-Tech HD,” Dittmar added. “There is a big increase in power output of the amplifiers, and coupled with the new V4 DSP presets, we had approximately 6dB more volume than we had before. Ultimately, the I-Tech HD gives us more power and clarity than we thought possible. The new limiters on I-Tech HD are excellent as well. They are far more efficient than anything else we have seen.”

Firehouse Productions

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Crown Audio

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