Jimbo Neal with the Vue h-15s.
San Diego, CA (January 7, 2013)—For the final leg of the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Extravaganza tour, sound engineer James “Jimbo” Neal chose to use a pair of Vue Audiotechnik h-15 active systems to augment the existing Sound Image stage monitors with a side fill system.
Two VUE h-15 active two-way systems were delivered in November and deployed as part of a complete monitoring rig that also included nine Sound Image MA-12 stage wedges. Both the MA-12 and VUE h-15s were designed by Vue’s chief engineer Michael Adams.
Dual Yamaha CL5 consoles handled FOH and monitors duties while power for the MA-12s came courtesy of seven Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. The fully active VUE h-15s received signal directly from the monitor console.
“I’ve used many different configurations for side fills over the years, but have always struggled to achieve sufficient coverage and sound quality from a compact footprint,” explained Neal. “My contact at Sound Image recommended that I check out Vue’s h-Class. Vue arranged a demo and I was instantly impressed with what I heard. The output of the h-15 was incredible for its size, and the high-end absolutely clear.”