(left to right): Dave Farber, President, Brian Rivard, System Tech, Cory Deming, Production Manager, Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio.Minot, ND (August 16, 2013)—The North Dakota State Fair welcomed performers including Tim McGraw, Journey, Toby Keith and Scotty McCreery to its grandstand. Minneapolis-based audio production company Farber Sound provided the sound reinforcement for the fair, with a Harman Crown VRack amplifier system.
The VRack includes Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system, all housed in a wheeled rack.
“From being a VerTec house for the last nine years, the move to Crown VRackss was a smooth transition,” said Farber Sound owner Dave Farber. “We wanted to upgrade to the V5 presets for the VerTec loudspeakers that are available for the I-Tech HD Series amps used in VRack. Although the decision to make the investment wasn’t easy, the V5 capability and the other advantages we get from VRack made it a logical move for a tour sound company like us.”
The system Farber Sound brought to the North Dakota State Fair included four VRack 4x3500HD racks, each including three I-Tech 4x3500HD 4-channel amplifiers, and three VRacks with three I-Tech 12000HDs in each. The VRacks powered two main left and right hangs of 16 JBL VerTec VT4888 midsize line array elements each, along with 32 JBL SRX728S subwoofers arranged in eight groups of four and eight VerTec VT4886 subcompact line array elements used for front fill. The team used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager software, along with JBL’s Line Array Calculator speaker modeling application, to configure and control the system from front of house.