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Palm Deserts’s McCallum Theater Receives JBL Pro Vertec Boost

The JBL VERTEC? Line Array Series was recently installed at the renowned McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, Calif. The system includes JBL’s VERTEC line arrays, Crown amplifiers, dbx compressors, BSS signal processors, a Soundcraft Series 5 console and Lexicon digital effects.
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The JBL VERTEC? Line Array Series was recently installed at the renowned McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, Calif. The system includes JBL’s VERTEC line arrays, Crown amplifiers, dbx compressors, BSS signal processors, a Soundcraft Series 5 console and Lexicon digital effects.

“We are extremely pleased that the McCallum Theater chose JBL loudspeakers and indeed, a complete integrated Harman audio system when they decided to upgrade and expand their existing system,” said Ted Leamy, director, engineered sound marketing, JBL Professional. “The venue hosts a demanding slate of world-renowned entertainers. They require audio systems that perform at that level. JBL is pleased and honored to be a key part of the venue’s upgrade plans.”

The McCallum Theater, which opened in January 1988, has gained acclaim as one of the country's finest presenting theaters, boasting an annual budget of $8.4 million. There are 40 full-time and part-time employees and 400 dedicated volunteers. Jim Anderson, director of audio, oversaw the process of installing a new sound reinforcement system.

“All of the audio systems in the building were about 16 years old,” said Anderson. “I’ve had such good experiences with JBL Professional previously that I shared my vision with them, and the Harman Professional Systems team helped put the whole package together. There really wasn’t any other option.”

One of the challenges in fitting the new VERTEC Line Arrays into the theater was that the board members insisted on not changing the look inside the auditorium and didn’t want big speakers hanging down both sides of the stage. The rigging flexibility of the VERTEC Line Arrays allowed the speakers to be recessed into recessed wall soffits on either side of the stage providing good coverage and satisfying the visual requirements.

Stage monitors are all JBL. Crown amplifiers include the CTS8200 and new I-Tech Series. Front of house mixing requirements are handled by a new 48 channel Soundcraft Series 5 that takes up fewer seats than previous equipment. Rackmounted electronics include a Lexicon PCM81 Stereo Digital Effects processor and a PCM91Stereo Digital Reverb processor. Rounding out the complete Harman system are BSS digital signal processing units and DPR Dynamic Equalizer as well as dbx compressors and feedback suppressors.

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