NORTHRIDGE, California â€“V&P Sound Pvt. Ltd. deployed a powerful JBL VERTECÂ® line array system for the Rock Ethos 2009 festival, staged at the open-air Palace Grounds in Bangalore. The 2-day event, held March 14-15, featured many of Indiaâ€™s most popular rock and heavy metal bands, including Motherjane, Divine Connection, Bhayanak Maut, Myndsnare, Slain, and Infernal Wrath. Designed to promote original music while raising anti-piracy awareness, the event was produced by Buenos Entertainment, one of the most successful event management companies in India.
â€œRock Ethos is one of the largest outdoor rock festivals in southern India,â€? noted Vishnu P., Owner of V&P Sound. â€œOver 20 of Indiaâ€™s best rock/metal bands were on stage for this event, giving us a real opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the system to artists in this musical genre. Our Crown-powered JBL VERTEC system proved its ability to deliver high fidelity, maximum-level output power and large-area coverage abilities, despite the dual environmental challenges of scorching sun and seasonal rains.â€?
V&P Sound set up two main arrays, totaling 20 JBL VERTEC full-size VT4889 line array elements, in left/right hangs with10 boxes per side. Eight JBL VERTEC VT4880A full size arrayable subwoofers were suspended in 4-per-side hangs, while an additional eight JBL subwoofers were also stacked 4-per-side below the VT4880Aâ€™s. JBL VRX932LA compact constant-curvature speakers were used as center-fills. A combination of Crown I-Tech 4000, 6000 and 8000 amplifiers powered the entire system, which was set up using Harman HiQnetâ„¢ System Architectâ„¢. Crown I-Tech amps also powered the onstage monitor system, which included VRX932LA arrays with VRX918S subwoofers for side fills. Crown I-Tech 4000 amps powered JBL VRX915M floor monitors. â€œThe processing for the bi-amped wedges was done using the Crown I-Techâ€™s built-in DSP,â€? noted Vishnu P. â€œThe stage monitors sounded fantastic.â€?
At the front-of-house mix position, V&P Sound used a Soundcraft MH3 48-channel console, while a Soundcraft MH2 handled onstage monitor mixing. Additionally, dbx 1066 and BSS DPR 402/522 noisegates and compressors were in use. Microphones for the event included AKGâ€™s WMS 4000 wireless system for vocals, along with AKGâ€™s Drum Set II, which includes a D112 and four C418Mâ€™s, used to mic all drum kits on the show. Two AKG C451Bâ€™s served as drum kit overhead microphones.
â€œManaging the comprehensive needs for high-SPL, multi-act outdoor festivals requires complete focus and real expertise in the field application of concert-quality sound systems,â€? noted David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. â€œEffective results require not only the right equipment, but the right skills. With this yearâ€™s Rock Ethos event, V&P Sound has once again demonstrated the companyâ€™s strong capabilities in this area.â€?
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