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Live Sound

VUE Hangs at HBO Boxing After Dark

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Escondido, CA (March 8, 2018)—Audio Visual Live, Inc. (AVL) recently deployed a VUE al-8 line array system for the HBO “Boxing After Dark” live broadcast event from The Forum in Los Angeles on January 27, 2018.

AVL has handled production for many televised boxing events for promoters across multiple networks. The Forum is known as a challenging, low-headroom indoor arena, plus AVL needed a system that could handle a range of material—from high-SPL DJ performances to the ring announcer’s spoken word—all without disruption to the live TV broadcast.

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Directionality and precision of coverage were also key to avoid covering areas that require lower SPL. Adding to the challenge was a relatively low 30-foot clearance from the top of the lighting truss to the venue ceiling.

“Based on our experience doing in-arena sound for boxing, I can hands-down say that this VUE system is the ideal fit for HBO Boxing,” says AVL owner, Dennis Layton. “The al-8’s clarity in the vocal range allows us to put the ring announcers’ voice out into the audience without disturbing the TV broadcast, yet they have enough punch to get the live audience off their seats during DJ sets.”

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AVL deployed an all-VUE system consisting of 32 medium-format al-8 elements in four hangs of eight, with eight (two perched atop each of the four arrays) al-8SB flyable subwoofers for low-frequency support.

Each array was just shy of 15-feet in length (including motors, subs and rigging), remaining hidden above the lighting truss. Additionally, 10 V6 VUEDrive System Engines provided all power and processing, while SystemVUE for iOS enabled real-time monitoring and control.

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