Wakefest Ontario 2005
Event support company SW Audio Visual of Kelowna, B.C., has recently upgraded its touring sound inventory by purchasing a JBL VT4888DP full-range line array system with supporting VT4882DP subwoofers.
According to Cal McCarthy, owner of SW Audio Visual, “We discovered a great product that was light, powerful, sophisticated and rentable, which makes us more competitive in every aspect of our business. Beyond the product’s features, however, we also chose VerTEc because of the commitment JBL made to our company in supporting our growing needs and partnering with us to align our long-term business objectives with theirs.”
John Adams (left), chief audio engineer at SW Audio Visual, with David Scheirman, VP of tour sound at JBL Professional
SW Audio Visual put its new VERTEC DP Series system to the test at Wakefest Kelowna 2005 in early July. The event, Canada’s largest wakeboard music festival, featured live performances from De La Soul, Sweatshop Union and Comeback Kid. Held at Waterfront Park, SW Audio Visual required a high-output audio system to overcome the challenges posed by an outdoor venue.
“Wakefest required a high-output but compact system, set up at the water’s edge, that covered the entire amphitheatre at a rather wide angle,” McCarthy notes. “The light weight of the VerTec DP system allowed us to gain the benefits of flying a high-output systeem, whereas in the past, ground-stacking was the only option.”
Following SW Audio Visual’s purchase of the new VerTec DP Series system, JBL Professional provided the company’s audio staff with its VerTec Technology Certification Seminar, quickly familiarizing SW Audio Visual with the product line and its applications. “VerTec certification gives our team the confidence to deliver a consistent user experience every time,” McCarthy says. “It also increases the value placed on our technicians and their technical experience.”