Coral Gables, FL (July 16, 2015)–Packed with music performances by artists like Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee and others, the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, held at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Florida and aired on the Telemundo Network, was a mix of showbiz flash and tried-and-true technology. Acoutech of Miami provided live sound for the event, and the company has become very familiar with the project, having tackled the show for the last 14 years.
Still, that doesn’t mean the company is complacent about how it approaches the high-profile event. For the 2015 edition, Acoutech deployed a pair of Soundcraft Vi3000 digital mixing consoles for the first time, placing one each at the FOH and monitor positions. The FOH board featured 96 inputs, while the monitor console drove 16 stage mixes, plus another eight stereo hardwired in-ear mixes over MADI. In addition, Soundcraft Stageboxes fed 16 stereo wireless in-ear monitors.
“The two Soundcraft consoles shared the same I/O so we were able to distribute and manage all the signals between the consoles and the production and music trucks,” said AJ Perez, president of Acoutech. “We haven’t worked very much with the Vi3000, so it was a new experience for us. The consoles performed great.”
“The Lexicon processing and built-in effects with the Vi3000 consoles were very impressive,” added JC Aguila, audio and network supervisor for Telemundo. “I’ve found these desks to be very user-friendly, and the overall quality of sound is top-notch.”
The main PA system for the awards featured JBL VerTec VT4889 and VT4888 line array loudspeakers, along with VT4880 arrayable subwoofers. JBL VRX932LA Constant Curvature loudspeakers were used for front fill and side fill monitoring, while SRX712M stage monitors rounded out the loudspeaker system.
Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers powered the loudspeakers. “We have upgraded with I-Tech 4x3500HD and more advanced presets, so through the years, little by little, we’ve been able to give the VerTec boxes more life by keeping the system up-to-date and the system continues to perform great for us,” Perez noted. “We usually fly the amp racks behind the loudspeakers, so we keep the cable lengths short and out of the way.”