Elkhart, IN (March 27, 2009)–PA Plus recently deployed Crown amplifiers in a live sound application for an unscripted comedy TV series starring Howie Mandel.
The Canadian-based sound company provided the sound for the live studio audience for Howie Do It at the Colosseum, a 5,000-seat venue at the Caesars Windsor casino in Ontario, Canada, as well as the broadcast portion of the production. Crown I-Tech amplifiers provided the power and processing for the system.
All I-Tech amplifiers are equipped with status, fault, and load monitoring via standard Ethernet networking and Harman Professional’s HiQnet connectivity and control protocol and System Architect interface. “System Architect easily allowed us to create and store a series of presets dedicated to the broadcast,” stated Mark Radu, systems engineer at PA Plus.
“We were contacted by Ian Dunbar, who was head of audio for this project, to provide a complete audio solution for both the live studio audience as well as the broadcast production,” stated Radu. Providing sound for a live television event was not an easy task and the setup presented many challenges. “The production team was building its own stage and set in front of the existing setup. This then required dedicated sound, lighting and video systems to support the television tapings,” stated Radu.
With the venue already equipped with an in-house Harman system, PA Plus was able to choose components from the existing sound system to use in support of its sound integration. The I-Tech amplifiers powered 26 JBL VerTec VT4887 compact line array elements that covered the bleacher section of the audience. JBL SRX712M monitors provided audio support for the floor seating. The floor level seating was covered by nine JBL SRX712M’s and was augmented by six additional SRX712M’s utilized as front fills.