Northridge, CA (July 10, 2012)—Firehouse Productions (Red Hook, NY) recently used JBL CBT Series column speakers to provide monitor coverage on the reality TV shows Survivor and Celebrity Apprentice.
Both programs needed loudspeakers with tight vertical coverage patterns while being hidden within a set. To do so, Firehouse Productions provided JBL's CBT 50LA-a compact, 50-centimeter-high column that utilizes a straight line of eight 2-inch drivers.
Dan Gerhard, mixer for both shows, stated, "The CBT 50LA is perfect for a set where unobtrusive monitoring of dialogue is required." Gerhard was able to keep the speakers visually unobtrusive on both sets by attaching them to the palm trees on the set of Survivor, and attaching them to a vertical window frame on Celebrity Apprentice.
"The tightly controlled pattern is ideal in reducing unwanted reflections from nearby scenery, but also throws intelligibility for some distance," Gerhard added. "By placing the columns at head level, the speakers project the high-quality sound that we were looking for."