Alphen, The Netherlands (December 18, 2014)—As the year comes to a close, Dutch audio rental company Story Sound has completed a variety of projects, including a string of events during summer festival season, all of which made use of the company’s inventory of JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.
“Since this summer’s festival season, our work roster has covered an unbelievable variety, like reinforcing illusionists, undertaking royal events, supporting the Four Day Marches [Vierdaagsefeesten] in Nijmegen and assisting with the pan-European launch of new industrial machinery,” said director Michael Story. “We have also worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in a free concert at the new Rotterdam Central Railway Station.”
Over the summer, Story Sound’s VTX system was used for environmental noise control on behalf of the local authorities. “We always use VTX where sound containment is an issue, and as the environmental pressures increase, we carry out calculations in LAC (HARMAN’s Line Array Calculator) and this data is then implemented in EASE modeling,” he said. “All this we report to the authorities.”
The 98th International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen, where soldiers march through the town, saw the company working for promoters Matrixx, for whom the company also annually reinforces the Emporium Festival (Nijmegen) and Dreamfields Festival (near Arnhem). Story said that due to their calculations and predictions, Matrixx were able to secure an additional contract for a new stage this year—and locations were set at Matrixx in the Park, Matrixx live at the Quay, the Festival Palace and the Stevens Church.
For the main stage, Story Sound fielded 24 VTX V25 line array elements (12 per side) and 16 VTX S28 subs, set in a reverse cardioid pattern across the front. Also unhand were two delay towers, each containing six VTX V20 line array elements—with the entire system powered with Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.
As for Emporium and Dreamfields, Story Sound provided a large number of systems—no fewer than 160 V25 tops and 122 S28 subs at Emporium alone.
Other events undertaken by Story Sound included shows in Germany for illusionist Hans Klok, where coverage for the larger shows was provided by a VTX system. Sound effects played a major role in his production and Story Sound’s system was fully backed up, with the whole show computer controlled.