Full Sail Real World Education (Orlando, Fla.) recently purchased a new live sound system comprising eight JBL VerTec VT4888DP Series integrated audio systems with DrivePack technology. The purchase is the first part of a complete Harman Pro Group HiQnet? audio system, which links system components from different Harman companies with a network control software package. The VT4888DP Series units, along with Crown-powered VerTec VT4880 subwoofers, are being used for Full Sail’s Show Production and Touring curriculum, a compressed 13-month Associate of Science degree program dedicated to technical theory, engineering skills and design concepts within the live production industry.
Full Sail program director of show production and touring, Dana Roun simulates “real-world” conditions in the class to better prepare students for their experiences in professional audio. “Our approach has always required utilizing current industry equipment with hands-on labs,” Roun says. “We buy gear that students will see when they leave here. Students learn audio systems starting from separate components and follow signal flow by setting up simple systems first, building amp racks and learning how to interface FOH and monitor areas.”
According to Roun, the fact that the JBL VerTec DP Series system uses complete digital signal processing makes it an ideal learning tool. “We plan to use the entire system including HiQnet technology within our production labs,” he said. “These labs feature live artists performing onstage. Students learn many positions, including engineering for conventional and moving lights, front of house, monitors, simulcast recording and a three-camera video shoot.”
“As the live sound industry continues to be shaped by evolving technologies and growing markets, the need for entry-level education is more imperative than ever before,” noted David Scheirman, VP of tour sound at JBL Professional. “The use of JBL VerTec line arrays by Full Sail–one of the world’s leading educational institutions for production and touring—is a testament to the reliability and ease of use of the VerTec Series.”