JBL Professional VTX A8 takes the stage at Rolling Sets Festival and Let the Good Times Roll Festival
MadisonAV recently deployed the JBL Professional VTX A8 line array system at Rolling Sets Festival and Let the Good Times Roll Festival, the two most anticipated Central Coast festivals of the year.
With the two festivals being held back-to-back over the two days, the JBL VTX A8 system was featured on the Jim Beam Stage at Rolling Sets, with performances from Rage, Hope D, Big Twisty & the Funknasty, The Moving Stills, Stupid Baby, Butterknife, Deadshowws and Voider impressing the crowd on the first day to start off the festival.
On day two, the venue was re-set to become Let the Good Times Roll festival and the Ocean Stage included outstanding performances from Cool Hand Luke as the DJ followed by The Little Quirks, Coterie, The Bamboos, The Cat Empire and the headline act, Six60.
Roll In Production Services production manager Ryan Hazell and MadisonAV’s Peter Kubow collaborated to utilise the JBL VTX A8 system at the Jim Beam Stage and Ocean Stage for the two-day event at the entrance. They were assisted by the on-stage production crew of Silhouette Sound.
Ryan and Peter discussed the performance of the system and its capabilities to adhere to PA performance spec for the event, leading to Ryan deciding to use the JBL VTX A Series for the first time.
Peter was the FOH operator for some of the bands/artists, as well as the systems designer for the VTX A system chosen for the Ocean and Jim Beam stages. The system was tuned to ensure even coverage for the listening area required for punters and the system was calibrated to optimise the performance before even arriving at the event.
“I was really surprised at how little needed to be changed once the system was put in place. The predictability of the frequency response and performance was impressive,” Peter explains.
With a 40° day welcoming the production crews, rigging took place later than planned due to the heat, so the team were also impressed by the speed and simplicity of the patented JBL rigging systems.
“We also overcame some sticky hurdles including two show stops due to a huge gust front and electrical storm on day one, luckily the weather eased and led to some ideal days to follow,” Ryan says.
When talking about the PA, Ryan adds: “The VTX system surpassed all my expectations, I was expecting it to be good but not “that” good. We were able to compare it pretty much side by side next to the big German manufacturer’s latest system on the main stage. The VTX more than held its own and covered the space beautifully with a perfect deployment.
“For eight A8s on the main hangs, I did not expect the fullness and quality of the sound image coming from such a small format PA, this is what makes the A8s so versatile; lightweight, small footprint and a huge sound. The A8 married perfectly with the A6 infills and the sonic signature was seamless between the two boxes. Those A6s pack a punch.”
The solution consisted of 16 A8 elements and ten G28 subs:
- 8 x A8 elements hung per side
- 10 x G28 ground-stacked subs in a Cardioid layout
- 2 x A6 front Fills
- 3 x VRACKS which consisted of
- 6 x Crown HD I-TECH 120000 amplifiers
- 3 x Crown HD I-TECH 4 x 3500 amplifiers
The VTX A Series line array speakers are renowned for their advanced technology, including the patented D2 Dual-Diaphragm Dual-Voice-Coil Compression Drivers and the Differential Drive Neodymium Magnet Dual Voice Coil Woofer. This combination ensures unparalleled clarity, power and intelligibility, making them the ideal choice for large-scale events such as Rolling Sets and Let the Good Times Roll.