Northridge, CA (September 19, 2008)--PRG Audio provided dual JBL VerTec live sound reinforcement systems for NBC's Toyota Concert Series On TODAY, which rocked Rockefeller Plaza for the thirteenth consecutive year this summer.
The Concert Series, which kicked off with a performance by Grammy-award winner Alicia Keys in April, has also featured performances by Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Pussycat Dolls, Katy Perry, New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo.
The performances have been staged outdoors at Rockefeller Center in New York City, drawing thousands of fans in the early mornings. Two stages facing each other, separated approximately 200 feet apart, allow for consecutive performances by different artists. The south stage features a sound reinforcement system consisting of two ground-stacked line arrays, one per side, each containing seven JBL VerTec VT4887ADP-AN powered compact line array loudspeakers. The north stage features two arrays of five VT4887ADP-AN loudspeakers per side. Each array is accompanied by a VT4881ADP-AN powered compact arrayable subwoofer.
As the rental system provider for the Concert Series, PRG Audio drew on its extensive experience with VerTec products when deciding on the audio components. "We have used VerTec for numerous projects in the past, in a range of sizes and configurations, and we felt VerTec was a natural fit for this project as well," said Bob Rendon of PRG Audio. "Since the staging area is tightly situated between two buildings, we chose VerTec because we needed a highly controllable line array system that would keep unwanted reflections to a minimum."
Since deploying the VerTec system for the Toyota Concert Series On TODAY, PRG Audio has had four months of sound on a live stage where there is no margin for error. "These performances are aired live across the country, so we can't afford a mistake of any kind," Rendon said. "The VerTec line arrays have helped us maintain the necessary consistency for this type of application."