Northridge, CA (November 30, 2012)—Harman’s JBL VTX Series line arrays were used during the recent Arsch Huh music festival in Cologne, Germany, supplying sound for more than 25 bands to an audience of 85,000 people.
The concert, organized in 1992 to stand against racism, celebrated its 20th anniversary with sound courtesy of Sirius Showequipment AG and the JBL VTX system. For the main PA the company deployed two left and right towers with 15 VTX V25 full size line array elements and eight S28 subwoofers per side. In addition, several delay towers were set up, with the main (first delay line) towers each containing seven V25 line array elements.
The speakers were driven by 30 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers, and Wolfgang “Schabbach” Neumann of Sirius and his crew used Harman’s JBL HiQnet Performance Manager software to set up and tune the system.
“We had more than 25 bands and artists going on and off the stage and a number of different front of house engineers using this VTX-based system for the very first time,” Neumann said. “Some of them performed only two or three songs. As a result, there was not much time to get the sound right for each act. We also had the added pressure of knowing that the entire 5 1/2-hour show was being broadcast live on German television.”
“Achim Schnall, front of house mixer for headliner BAP told me it was ‘an easy to mix on system,’ and our front of house ‘babysitter’ engineer Daniel Schindler told me that for him the system was ‘unbelievably powerful and easy to operate,’” Neumann added. “Without a doubt, the JBL VTX Series are the most efficient and best-sounding loudspeakers we have ever had in our inventory.”