FRANKFURT, Germany â€“ In a high-profile event that demonstrates the continued widespread application of JBL VERTECÂ® line arrays throughout Europe, full-service concert production company Studio Berar deployed a VERTEC system for Iron Maidenâ€™s performance at the Belgrade Arena in Serbia on February 10. Final event on the European leg, the concert was part of an ongoing 90-show, 38-country world tour in support of Iron Maidenâ€™s latest album, â€œSomewhere Back In Time.â€?One of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, having sold over 70 million albums since 1975, Iron Maidenâ€™s success is largely built on its powerful and energetic live performances. In fact, just days after their Belgrade performance, the band received a prestigious BRIT Award for â€œBest British Live Act.â€? Given Iron Maidenâ€™s reputation as a top-notch live ensemble, Studio Berar needed to provide a sound reinforcement system to match the bandâ€™s high-energy presence at the 23,000-seat Belgrade Arena.
To this end, Studio Berar set up a total of 32 VERTEC VT4889 full-size line array elements for the main left and right hangs. An additional 16 VT4889â€™s were in use for out-fill arrays (eight per side), giving a total of 48 VT4889 boxes in the system. Additionally, Studio Berar utilized JBLâ€™s new V4 DSP presets for the VERTEC arrays. â€œWe have designed control and monitoring aspects for the VERTEC line array system by using Harmanâ€™s HiQnetâ„¢ System Architectâ„¢ software,â€? explained chief engineer Zoran Matic. â€œThis enables us to operate the system more easily, and also save time while adjusting it.â€?
Aleksandar BabiÄ‡ of B92 online services, a noted Serbian music critic and concert reviewer, offered that in Belgrade, all concerts in the future will be measured by this one. â€œThis show will be difficult to repeat,â€? he said. â€œIt was really powerful and fun, and it has set dangerously high standards for all the artists who come to perform in Serbia.â€?
For more information on Serbiaâ€™s Studio Berar, please visit www.studioberar.com or call +381 21 4720 556.