Los Angeles (June 15, 2009)–Along with new host Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show also recently got a new studio in Stage 1 of the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. Integral to it is a JBL-based PA system.
Valencia, CA-based ATK AudioTek supplied JBL VRX, SRX, VerTec and Control Contractor Series boxes for a system designed by Jeff Peterson of Green Audio. According to Peterson, the sound reinforcement system needed to be of pristine quality, but visually unobtrusive. “We designed a system to provide audio that met the standards of both live performance and television broadcast, configured to blend in seamlessly with the set design,” Peterson said.
The main PA system at the new Tonight Show set consists of left and right clusters, each containing four JBL VRX932LA-1 compact constant curvature array systems with one VRX918S subwoofer on top. A center cluster features three VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers. The system also has a center array of two VERTEC VT4880A full-size arrayable subwoofers. The system features two delay clusters flown 40 feet downstage from the main PA system, each containing two VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers.
Peterson’s system design places a JBL Control 23 surface-mount speaker underneath every other audience seat in the theater for dialogue, creating an “under-seat” system of 178 individual speakers. Each row in the under-seat system is treated as an individual zone for signal-delay purposes, time-aligned to the main PA so they can be used in tandem. Onstage are 16 JBL SRX712M stage monitors for performers, four VRX915M stage monitors for drums, and two VT4881A compact arrayable subwoofer for the drum monitor system.
Crown I-Tech 4000 amplifiers power the PA system, with I-Tech 8000s driving the subwoofers, while Crown I-Tech 4000 amplifiers power the stage monitor system. Signal processing for the entire audio system is accomplished via two BSS Soundweb London BLU 800s, while the system is networked for remote control and monitoring with Harman HiQnet System Architect software.
“The system sounds terrific,” Peterson said. “The JBL speakers, from the line arrays to the under-seat models, were easy to install and configure, and provide reliability and consistency in this application.”