In a highly creative and environmentally forward-thinking application of JBL PRX portable loudspeakers, Rock the Bike, a designer and manufacturer of bicycles with an eye on raising the awareness of the â€œbike culture,â€? has employed PRX loudspeakers at several of its live music events, which are run on human power generated on bicycles.
For its live events, Rock the Bike designed a pedal-powered stage, which enables one or many individuals to ride stationary bicycles in place, which in turn power the audio system as the artists perform. â€œItâ€™s been a steady progression to thisâ€”most of our performances used to be primarily in the streets and running off battery power,â€? said Paul Freedman of Rock The Bike. â€œThen we started hooking up with people interested in human power and over the past year, weâ€™ve put a lot of energy into creating our own pedal-powered stage.â€?
Thanks to the efficiency of the JBL PRX Series, Rock the Bike employs PRX535 speakers for its main sound reinforcement system. â€œBecause weâ€™re an environmentally conscious group, the PRX speakers are a perfect fit, plus theyâ€™re lightweight so we can easily transport them on our cargo bicycles,â€? Freedman said. â€œI also really like the PRX speakers because the low/mid/high knobs on my mixer correspond directly with the low/mid/high drivers in the speaker, which make them very easy to use.â€?
Rock the Bike relies on volunteers from the audience to pedal the bikes, something that has never posed a challenge. â€œIf there are a lot of people at an event, we have no problem getting volunteers from the crowd to keep a 2-bike pedal-powered system going,â€? Freedman said. â€œWe position them close to the stage so they have a good view of the performers, and theyâ€™re literally supporting the music with their power.â€?
While the pedal-powered stage contributes to a sense of community at the live events, the system has taken an ironic (but intentional) back seat to the actual performances, as a result of its own efficiency. â€œThe pedal-powered stage used to be the center of attention at our shows, but with the sound quality of the PRX speakers, along with our ability to make the pedal-power bikes quieter, the audience is getting absorbed into the music without even thinking about the pedal power,â€? Freedman added. â€œThatâ€™s our goal: to keep the music excellent and help spread the spirit of the bike.â€?
Since employing the pedal-powered stage, Rock the Bike has supported events ranging from rock star performances to a press conference at City Hall in San Francisco. â€œWe recently powered a show by Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam,â€? Freedman said. â€œHe was only supposed to play the first song of his set through pedal power, but he ended up playing the entire set with it because he got such a great response from the crowd.â€?
For more information on Rock The Bike, please visit www.rockthebike.com