Fiesta Hermosa Main Stage with dual al-8 arrays and four as-418 subwoofers
Southern California’s Fiesta Hermosa Arts & Crafts Festival marked 44 years over the past Memorial Day 2014 weekend with more than 150,000 attendees, nearly 300 vendors and two performance stages. Bell Event Services is the exclusive production partner for the festival, providing full lighting, sound, staging and backline for both the Main Stage and the Charity Beer & Wine Garden. This year Bell Events deployed both al-4 and al-8 line array systems from VUE Audiotechnik.
“We first heard the VUE al-4 late last year and were immediately impressed with the system’s exceptional output and clarity,” says Tim Campbell, audio operations manager for Bell Event Services. “We added both the al-4 and larger al-8 systems to our inventory, and have been anxious to deploy them on a gig where we could test their limits in one place with a variety of different acts.”
Charity Beer & Wine Garden with dual al-4 arrays atop hs-28 powered subwoofers
The Charity Beer & Wine Garden stage featured dual al-4 arrays consisting of four elements per side stacked atop dual VUE hs-28 powered subwoofers. Power and processing for the al-4 arrays came from a single VUE V4 Systems Engine. A selection of VUE a-Class two-way systems served monitor duty, while an APB Dynasonics Spectra console handled the mix.
At the main stage, the Bell Event team flew dual al-8 arrays of four elements each. Four VUE as-418 quad 18-inch subwoofers filled out the low end, while four VUE V6 Systems Engines handled all power and processing for the arrays and subs. A selection of VUE a-Class systems served as monitors, with VUE h-12 systems as front fill and an Allen & Heath iLive console at the FOH position.
“The VUE line arrays went up in no time at all,” says Campbell. “Their pattern control is exceptional, and the voicing is spot on right out of the box. And the subs delivered a combination of impact and musicality that was particularly impressive. From top to bottom, the VUE systems just sounded phenomenal.”
“This festival has never sounded better,” says Bell Event’s owner, Mike Bell. “Over three days we heard everything from rock, R&B and country, to jazz and even reggae. The VUE systems literally took anything we threw at them and sounded absolutely fantastic every single time.”
Big Productions supported Bell Event Services this year. Big Productions also recently added VUE line array systems to its rental inventory, and the company’s Rich Bartle provided several VUE systems to complete Bell Event’s main stage design.
“I’ve worked with many loudspeaker brands over the years and I’ve never been more impressed by a company and its products than I am with VUE,” says Bartle. “Not only do these industry veterans understand how to make great sounding gear, but they’re clearly committed to long-term customer relationships and great service.”
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