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JBL Loudspeakers Used In 49th Annual Grammy Awards

Audio engineer Paul Sandweiss. Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Wire

JBL loudspeakers were prevalent at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors were installed in the 5.1 music mix control room and audience reaction mix control room, and an LSR6300 5.1 system was installed in the TV Committee Room used by the Recording Academy’s TV committee to monitor the show. For live sound reinforcement inside the Staples Center, ATK Audiotek Inc. deployed JBL VerTec line array systems.

Grammy Awards telecast veteran Paul Sandweiss (pictured) mixed the 5.1 surround feed for the high-definition broadcast and Klaus Landsberg engineered audience reaction mixes. Grammy audio coordinator Michael Abbott worked with the engineers to specify audio speaker systems for the telecast.

“Because mixing for the GRAMMY Awards telecast takes place in multiple control rooms at the Staples Center, our goal is consistency and accuracy from all rooms,” says Abbott.

“The JBL LSR systems with RMC technology allowed us to set up quickly and achieve accurate response in these rooms.” Sandweiss added. “The objective is great sound in the viewer’s living room. Creating the 5.1 music mix in a small, mobile environment can be challenging. This year we used the new JBL LSR4300 5.1 system with the LSR4312SP subwoofer. The system produces excellent detail. It sounded great in the truck, and viewer reaction this year has been terrific.”

For the live production of the ceremony, ATK Audiotek provided a large multi-array loudspeaker system comprising JBL VerTec VT4889 full-size line array elements and VT4880A arrayable subwoofers. According to Jeff Peterson, on-site engineer for ATK/Audiotek, the event presents a series of organizational and
performance challenges.

“Because the Grammys is the showcase event of the music calendar featuring the community’s top talent, it is critical that sound performance be impeccable,” Peterson says. “It’s for this reason that we have come to depend on JBL Professional’s VerTec Series line array systems. With VerTec, we can be supremely confident that the system will consistently perform to the highest standards, allowing our engineering crew to concentrate on mixing the show.”

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