Mt. Holly, NJ (August 18, 2015)—Founded in 1990, Jersey Surf has become an institution in New Jersey, drawing marching band members from numerous high schools around the region together to create a serious, competitive drum corps. While the unit has a big sound, some of the venues it plays—often including NFL stadiums—are even bigger, so the group recently opted to build a system based around Yorkville Sound’s Paraline Series cabinets, aiming to find ways to tailor the expandable system to its highly specialized application.
Jersey Surf’s system had to be reliable but it also had to be scalable to be adapted to a wide variety of venues. The system needed to be highly mobile, with time from set up to performance often less than five minutes, including soundcheck. System designer and engineer Joe Costable ultimately chose Yorkville Sound’s Paraline Series PSA1 and PSA1S cabinets.
“The design of the Paraline system is a great fit for the marching audio world for its compact design, minimal power requirements and built-in audio processing features such as level control and crossover frequencies,” said Costable. “Even coverage of the stadium seating front to back in both level and frequency response was achieved, as expected from a line array. Only an adjustment of the level control on each box was needed to calibrate the output to each venue.”
The greatest challenge faced in the system design was remotely powering the system, which was solved using a custom-designed, self-contained, battery-powered AC solution that allows the system to be rolled on to the field already running, eliminating the need for AC feeds to the stacks.
“While typical line array systems require more power than our self-contained system can provide, the Yorkville Paraline series at its core offered us a remarkably power-conscious solution. In order to keep things simple for a quick set up time, powered boxes with built-in processing are required, again, offered by the Paraline series.”
Yorkville Sound Ltd