JBL VerTec Provides Sound Relief

JBL VerTec Provides Sound Relief


On Saturday 14th March this year the Sydney Sound Relief charity concert was held at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Local and International acts lined up to be a part of this amazing gesture of goodwill by the music industry to help those in need in both Victoria and Queensland due to separate natural disasters.

Jands Production Services (JPS) were honoured and proud to be a part of the team involved in putting on this life changing event. JPS provided Production Management Services, all the sound equipment for the day and fourteen sound crew members to run the audio operation.  Melbourne also received some JPS assistance, providing the control, monitor, and crew for Midnight Oil’s performance.

A JBL VerTec PA system was chosen comprising of 54 x JBL VerTec 4889, 24 x JBL VerTec 4888 and 64 x JPS JBL 18″ Sub Bass.

“We had four strips of VerTec hanging off the stage and four delay towers of the mid-size VerTec pushing up into the upper stand regions and corporate boxes,” remarked Greg Rosman, JPS’ FOH man for the day. “I believe you still have to use delays in these stadium settings and it worked well for us. From my point of view, keeping the intelligibility of the vocals is the main thing and we did that with the VerTec system. The VerTec’s line array characteristics helped a lot.

“The VerTec was a good solution for Sound Relief due to its weight (rigging onstage was an issue) and also the way that it throws.”

Fifty Crown MA5002vz amplifiers were used to drive the main PA and the sub bass whilst eight of the new Crown MA-9000i amplifiers were running all of the delay systems.

“A Dolby Lake drive rack was driving the system, crossing it all over and time aligning it,” added Greg. “It’s pretty much our standard these days for these types of rigs.”

On stage a plethora of Shure microphones - SM 81, Beta 98, SM 89, SM 91, SM 57, SM 58, Beta 57a Beta 58a, Beta 52a, 565 and KSM 137 models - kept the performers happy.

The calibre of the artists involved was huge, ranging from local new stars such as The Presets, as well as old school rockers in Icehouse. International artists pitched in with Coldplay and Kings of Leon managing to perform at their respective events and race off afterwards to perform at their own sold out gigs later that night.

Of particular significance for JPS was the arrival of Barry Gibb to close the Sydney show. A trip down memory lane was had for a few, as this was the 3rd time JPS had done sound for Barry/The Bee Gees, the first time was in 1974 and again in the late 80’s.

Front of House: Greg Rosman, George Gorga
Monitors: Bob Daniels, Andy McKeown, Bredan Keane
Patch: Tim Seconi
R.F. Systems: Peter Twartz
Stage: Damon Pieterse, James Kohler, Duncan Kaye, Chris Pratt, Tim Lonergan, Carla Puckeridge, Andrea LeRoy

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