JBL Goes Blue

New York (January 29, 2008)--Audio Analysts is currently providing a live sound system for the Blue Man Group's "How To Be A Megastar Tour 2.1." The world tour is expected to continue through May.
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Audio Analysts has been providing a JBL VerTec PA for the current Blue Man Group world tour.New York (January 29, 2008)--Audio Analysts is currently providing a live sound system for the Blue Man Group's "How To Be A Megastar Tour 2.1." The world tour is expected to continue through May.

Audio Analysts has provided the live sound system for the "How To Be A Megastar Tour 2.1" since the tour began in September, 2006, and has employed JBL VerTec line arrays throughout the entirety of the tour. Ross Humphrey is The Blue Man Group's dedicated front of house engineer. Chris Hoff leads the Audio Analysts crew as crew chief/system engineer, along with Matt Fitzgerald, monitor engineer for Audio Analysts, and Rick Procopio and Brian Post, Audio Analysts' PA system technicians.

According to Hoff, the unique nature of the production has posed some equally unique challenges. "There are a lot of unusual instruments being used, including several made of PVC material, so there are some gain before feedback issues that you don't normally see with conventional instruments," Hoff said. "With the VerTec line arrays, we have good rear rejection and don't have a lot of SPL coming off the back of the boxes, so gain before feedback is not so much of a problem as it would be with other line arrays."

Audio Analysts' system for the tour includes a total of 92 VerTec enclosures, all powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers. The arrays are configured in a left/right arrangement consisting of 16 VT4889 full-size line array elements per side and additional left-left/right-right arrays of six VT4889 elements each for increased horizontal coverage. Additionally, 32 VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers provide extended low-frequency support. Two arrays of two VT4887 compact line array elements provide near-throw, downfill capabilities for the system.

"The arenas that we play range in size from 'A' market to 'B' market venues, so flexibility and scalability of the system is important," Hoff added. "Sometimes we don't have the trim height that we have in other arenas, but with VerTec we can easily scale the system down with good results. We are using JBL's new VerTec v4 DSP presets, which give us even more flexibility depending on the size of the room and the array. Considering the style of the music and the way the mix is approached, this has proven to be a very effective tool."

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