Los Angeles, CA (March 8, 2016)—While the big audio-related news at this year’s Academy Awards was that Mad Max: Fury Road swept the film sound award categories, the fact that anyone heard the announcements had to do with an audio achievement of another sort: Working with sound designer Pat Baltzell of Baltzell Audio Design, ATK Audiotek provided a comprehensive live sound system for the event.
The main sound system included 30 JBL Professional VerTec 4889 line array elements, suspended in two arrays of 15 enclosures each, and 12 VerTec 4880A subwoofers, suspended in two arrays of six subwoofers each. The system also featured six JBL MS28 loudspeakers, which were temporarily installed for under-balcony area coverage. A total of 140 JBL Control 25T surface-mount loudspeakers were temporarily installed under audience seats in the VIP seating area. Four ultra-compact JBL AC15 two-way loudspeakers were used for the Academy Governors’ boxes.
“The VerTec series has provided reliable performance for the Academy Awards for several years now,” said Baltzell. “JBL’s technology delivers consistent, high-quality sound, time and time again. With a production of this magnitude, I know I can rely on the system to perform exactly as expected, so I can focus on other areas of the event with confidence.”
The 88th Annual Academy Awards was broadcast live on ABC and watched by more than 33 million viewers. Hosted by Chris Rock, the evening’s highlights included Spotlight winning Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio earning his first Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Revenant and Brie Larson winning hers for Actress in a Leading Role for her outstanding work in Room.