JBL VerTec VT4888 mid-size line array elements, supported by VT4880 full-size subwoofers, were deployed by French audio rental firm Digiteac for this year’s Festilac 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Based in Chateau Gaillard, France, Digiteac Industrie is an integrated production services company offering staging, projection, lighting and audio services. The company serviced the Festilac 2006 festival that took place from June 21 to 24 in Geneva, Switzerland. Festival performers included Bananarama (U.K.), Daniela Mercury (Brazil), Bettye Lavette (U.S.) and Jean-Pierre Mader (France).
Digiteac’s primary sound reinforcement solution for the event was the JBL VerTec system, comprising 16 VT4888 mid-size line array elements and eight VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers. Powering the main system were 20 Crown I-Tech rack-mounted amplifiers, linked by Digiteac’s tour-grade patching system. Four Crown I-T8000 were used to power the JBL VT4880 subwoofers, with eight I-T6000s and eight I-T4000s allocated for the three-way JBL VT4888 midsize line array elements.
Signal processing was accomplished with two BSS Omnidrive FDS366T system controllers. Lexicon multi-effects and dbx graphic equalizers were included in the festival package. JBL’s SRX712M’s were used for onstage monitoring, with VRX932LA’s deployed for frontfill units. In addition, JBL’s Venue Performance Series premium powered loudspeakers with JBL DrivePack technology made their European festival debut. Digiteac used new JBL VP7315DP-AN’s for stage-area fill speakers, relying on Harman Professional’s System Architect software for remote control and monitoring of the HiQnet-compatible audio products on-site.
“The ability to meet the discriminating needs of international touring artists in all aspects of their technical production requirements is a rare talent,” observed David Scheirman, JBL Professional’s VP, Tour Sound. “The audio team and rental inventory assembled by Jean Michel Clement is highly representative of the well-rounded production-service organizations now emerging to meet the quality-oriented needs of event promoters, and the touring production staffs and audiences that they serve.”