Leading audio systems provider Maryland Sound (MSI) deployed an extensive JBL VERTECÂ® line array system for the recent â€œRally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.â€? Co-hosted by Jon Stewart of Comedy Centralâ€™s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report, the â€œRally to Restore Sanity and/or Fearâ€? took place at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Designed as a satirical comedic response to prior rallies that have been built around some of the political spectrumâ€™s more extreme causes, the rallyâ€™s stated purpose was to provide a voice to the â€œreasonable majorityâ€? of U.S. citizens who are often not accurately represented in the media or in politics. The turnout was overwhelming, with CBS News estimating an attendance of 215,000 people for the 3-hour event.
In addition to a variety of comedy segments involving Stewart, Colbert and The Daily Show correspondents, the Rally featured musical performances by Jeff Tweedy and
Mavis Staples, John Legend, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), the Oâ€™Jays, Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. Vocal group 4TROOPS performed â€œThe Star-Spangled Bannerâ€? in the first hour of the rally, while Tony Bennett sang â€œAmerica the Beautifulâ€? to close the event. The Roots served as the rallyâ€™s house band, opening the rally with a 30-minute set and supporting all other artists throughout the event. The rally also featured appearances by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of televisionâ€™s MythBusters, Don Novelloâ€™s Father Guido Sarducci character of Saturday Night Live fame, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Maryland Sound was responsible for sound reinforcement at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, with the main left-right line array system consisting of VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers and VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers. To reach the massive audience, Maryland Sound also provided 12 delay towers throughout the Mall, which consisted of VT4889 loudspeakers, VT4888 midsize line array loudspeakers and VT4880A subwoofers. Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers powered the entire system. Harmanâ€™s HiQnetâ„¢ System Architect system software was used for configuration, remote control and monitoring of the system.
â€œWe used VERTEC line arrays because they always perform to our expectations; they are what weâ€™ve successfully used on numerous similar events,â€? said Bob Goldstein, President of Maryland Sound. â€œThe systemâ€™s sound is totally predictable, which makes it easier for us to design a complex system for major events such as this.â€œ
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