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Firehouse Productions Supplies SR for 2012 Rock and Roll HOF Induction Ceremony 

The ceremony included performances by many of the inductees, including members of The Small Faces/Faces.

In an historic event featuring many of the top names in rock ‘n’ roll, Firehouse Productions of Red Hook, New York, supplied a live sound reinforcement system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays with Crown I-Tech HD amplification for the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

The event featured performances by inductees Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, The Crickets and more. Other inductees included Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns. Leading up to the ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held many special events including the unveiling of the new Library and Archives section of the museum.

For the event, Firehouse Productions deployed a P.A. system comprising 32 VTX V25 line array elements in two clusters of 16, with 32 VERTEC VT4880A full-size arrayable subwoofers with two hangs of eight flown and two sets of eight on the ground. An additional eight VT4886 subcompact line array elements were used for front fills as well as six VT4889 full-size line array elements for the center cluster. Crown’s I-Tech IT 12000HD series amplifiers powered the system.

Firehouse Productions provided JBL VTX line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“This was the first time we have used JBL’s new VTX series line arrays and they have absolutely lived up to expectations,” says Mark Dittmar, Lead Design and Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions. “They provided us with more powerful sound and maximized coverage, which is critical for a live event such as this. These line arrays also feature many of the same benefits we have come to expect from JBL, specifically being lightweight and easy to deploy at difficult angles.

“Crown is our amplifier of choice for major live events, this being no exception,” Dittmar continues. “As one of the earliest users of the I-Tech HD series amplifiers, we know the sonic integrity is unmatched and I’ve been impressed with how they have continued to optimize the amps through constant improvements to the updated presets.”

Front-of-house Engineer Dave Natale provided the live mix for the event. He adds, “The new JBL VTX system combines all of the low-end power that I have come to expect from JBL with the addition of an ultra-smooth and accurate high end.”

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