George Strait Turns to Vegas with JBL

While having retired from touring in 2014, that doesn’t mean George Strait is done with performing, as was proven recently with a series of in-the-round performances at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena.
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Las Vegas, NV (June 1, 2016)—While having retired from touring in 2014, that doesn’t mean George Strait is done with performing, as was proven recently with a series of in-the-round performances at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena.

For the shows, in-house engineers worked with production engineers from VER Tour Sound to design a 14-cluster JBL by Harman VTX line array system, building on the existing in-house, six-cluster JBL VTX system already in place. Installed by ATK Audiotek, the house system on its own includes 72 JBL VTX V25-II elements and 36 JBL VTX S28 subwoofers, powered by 18 Crown V-Racks.

“The George Strait production crew of Paul Rogers and Stacey LaBarbera knew there was a nice JBL VTX system at T-Mobile already, and because we have the same system, they asked if we could marry our systems to create something very special,” said Joe Casanova, national audio sales manager at VER Tour Sound. “So that's exactly what we did. We came up with a massive, 14-cluster, double in-the-round VTX rig that worked astoundingly well. Paul Bauman (associate director, Global Tour Sound Business Development, Harman Professional Solutions) was very helpful in so many ways. He’s a smart man, and it’s always a pleasure to work with him on projects like this.”

“With today’s connectivity, a system of this size can come together pretty quickly. We connected our system to the house system via Dante,” said Casanova. “Basically, the house system’s six clusters took care of the upper bowl area, and the eight additional arrays we brought in took care of the lower bowl and floor area. We had a total of 152 V25–II elements and 48 VTX S28 subs in use. It sounded amazing.”

“The house guys were very accommodating—they let us have full access to the house system,” said Casanova. “Our system engineers Kevin Valind and Eddie Harbin did a superb job of tuning the system. They were able to bring the house arrays in a little, turned some elements off, and really tailored the sound for the arena and to the ear of George Strait’s FOH Engineer George Olsen.”

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