Northridge, CA (January 17, 2014)—Livonia, MI-based Thunder Audio wrapped up the 15-city Donnie and Marie Christmas tour last month, utilizing a Harman JBL VTX Series line array audio system.
“Donny and Marie are known for their spectacular production values, musical variety, costume changes and unstoppable energy, and the Donny and Marie Christmas Tour was no exception,” explained Greg Snyder, Business Development Manager for Thunder Audio and project engineer for the tour. “They want to make sure every single person in the audience feels like they’re an intimate part of the show, even if they’re at the back of a 20,000-seat arena. That’s why we used the JBL VTX line arrays for sound reinforcement on the tour—more than 75 of them including tops and subs.”
Two main left and right hangs of 14 V25 full-size line array elements were flown per side, along with two outfill hangs of nine V25 elements per side, two side fill clusters of two V25 elements per side, six S28 subwoofers hung at each end of the stage and a center cluster of four V25 elements. On the ground, six S28 subwoofers per side and four JBL VerTec VT4888 midsize line array elements up front provided additional low end and center fill.
A full 72 Crown I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers housed in Thunder Audio rack systems powered the speaker system, while a JBL HiQnet Performance Manager was used for system control, with JBL’s Line Array Calculator II employed for loudspeaker setup. FOH engineer Lucas “Rico” Corrubia used a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console on the tour.
The sound crew for the show included monitor engineer Joe Webster, Thunder Audio’s FOH systems engineer Johnathon Winkler, monitor systems engineer Ron Hurd and fly tech and stage patch technician Paul Villarreal.