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NSW Clubs choose a Jands Solution

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The unique sporting, community, RSL, and worker’s club culture of New South Wales and Queensland is helping keep live entertainment viable in Australia. Blessed with large capacity live music venues and a loyal audience, the club touring circuit is the lifeblood of many international touring acts and beloved local artists. With a long heritage behind them, clubs are re-inventing themselves to serve the younger demographics of their community, while improving amenity to their loyal members of many decades standing.

Jands have been supporting the clubs of New South Wales and Queensland with outstanding audio, lighting, theatrical, and engineering services for over 40 years. Jands offer a complete ‘design to commission’ service that involves personal site visits, computer simulation and modelling, detailed proposals, engineering recommendations, commissioning, staff technical training, and unbeatable after-sales support. When it comes to installing the Club’s solution of choice, Jands work with a local integrator to ensure that the installation is completed seamlessly.

Blacktown Workers Club – Diamond Auditorium 

Blacktown Workers 

The Blacktown Workers Club’ Diamond Auditorium is one of the largest capacity venues of its kind in Sydney. It regularly hosts touring acts direct from Las Vegas, as well as conferences, cabaret, rock bands, and industry award nights. Its existing PA system had been in service for 29 years and was in need of an upgrade. “We needed a new system, and I wanted our acts and the audience to have the best,” said Blacktown’s Entertainment Manager, Elizabeth Star. “I wanted to have the best in the industry, and make our auditorium like a mini Allphones Arena. I visited the ENTECH Roadshow in Melbourne to evaluate products and suppliers, and I was impressed with Jands and the quality of their products.” 

Blacktown’s house sound engineer, Danny Zamour, worked with potential suppliers in evaluating the best solution for the auditorium. “We concentrated on three major systems, including one from Jands and two from their major competitors,” explained Danny. “Jands brought us a complete system to audition. They were hands-on, informative, and on-the-ball. We evaluated a full JBL VTX Series concert line array system. Not only was the pricing favourable to comparable product, but I preferred the tonality, intelligibility, and fidelity of JBL. We’re absolutely stoked with it, and I recommend JBL to other clubs.”

“The installation of our new system means visiting acts no longer have to bring their own equipment and go through the difficulty of working around our infrastructure,” continued Elizabeth Star. “Both our patrons and visiting artists are very pleased with the quality of the new system; we no longer have problems with volume levels varying around the auditorium, which is great for both audience and entertainers. With our new lighting system and LED screen, the overall refurbishment has been nominated for an Australian Entertainment Club Award.”

In addition to a new FOH PA system, Blacktown also purchased four new JBL M20 wedges for on-stage monitoring, two JBL AM Series loudspeakers to cover the extreme sides of the auditorium, six channels of Shure ULX-D radio microphones, and a BSS Blu-100 DSP processor that allows the sound system to be used for simple speech and playback tasks by any member of the club at the touch of a button. 

“The staff from Jands are very professional and accommodating,” complemented Elizabeth. “We’ve been very impressed with the quality of their after-sales service and care. We’re continuing to buy equipment from Jands; we’ve just had our curtains and lighting bars replaced through them.”

As the working sound engineer six nights a week, Danny Zamour is happy for both his visiting and local crew. “The first show we used the JBL VTX system on was an African circus with live African music,” he recalled. “The director said he was hearing things he hadn’t heard before. Both our punters and club members are saying that the sound’s great.”

Installed:

  • 10x JBL VTX V20 Three-Way High Directivity Line Array Elements
  • 2x JBL VTX S25 Suspendable, Cardioid-Arrayable, Dual 15" Subwoofers
  • 2x JBL VTX G28 Dual 18" Subwoofers 
  • 4x JBL VTX M20 Dual 10" Professional Stage Monitors
  • Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD Four-channel, 4000W @ 4Ω Power Amplifier
  • Crown ITech 12000HD Two-channel, 4500W @ 4Ω Power Amplifier
  • BSS Blu-100 DSP Processor
  • Jands PDS6RII Power Distribution
  • 3x Shure ULXD4D dual-channel radio microphone receivers
  • 6x Shure ULXD2Beta radio microphone transmitters

Cabra Vale Diggers Club – Auditorium

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Cabra Vale Diggers is an ex-active servicemen’s club in Canley Vale, NSW, with a hardworking auditorium that typically runs seven shows over six nights a week. Weekends most often see a queue to get in, and the clientele have a reputation for demanding the best in audio quality. Audio engineer Jimmy Vergos has looked after the club’s audio requirements for the past 18 years, about the same length of time the old PA had been installed.

“We had a very good PA system, but it had definitely gone past its use-by date.” Jimmy said. “We started looking at replacing it with a comparable level of quality, but with contemporary product. We started talking to Jands, and they offered to bring in a demo system. The JBL VTX line array system was way ahead of everything else that we had heard. Jands also brought in a Soundcraft digital mixing system for us to evaluate to replace our old analogue desk.” 

After a trail period and comparisons to leading competitors, Jimmy and the team opted for a JBL VTX PA powered by Crown amplifiers, JBL on-stage monitoring, top-of-the-line Shure UHF-R radio microphones, and a Soundcraft Vi5000 digital mixer connected to a remote Vi Local Rack. “We went for quality in every detail,” confirmed Jimmy. “Right down to each cable and connector. We’re one of the only places running the Soundcraft system at its highest sample rate – 96kHz. We recently had an act through from Las Vegas, and they said ‘I wish we had this system everywhere we tour’. And the word around town with the punters is that it doesn’t get better than this. It’s been a complete change in the vibe and the atmosphere. The volume coverage is now exactly the same in the front as in the back.” 

And how did Jimmy find working with Jand’s Technical Resource Group through the design and commissioning process? “Jands were awesome and their staff were great. They’ve given us exactly what we wanted, and we think if you’re going to do something, do it properly.” 

Installed:

  • 10x JBL VTX V20 Three-Way High Directivity Line Array Elements
  • 4x JBL VTX S25 Suspendable, Cardioid-Arrayable, Dual 15" Subwoofers
  • 4x JBL VTX G28 Dual 18" Subwoofers
  • 4x JBL VTX M20 Dual 10" Professional Stage Monitors
  • 6x JBL VTX F15 15" Bi-Amplified 2-Way Loudspeakers
  • Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD Four-channel, 4000W @ 4Ω Power Amplifier
  • Crown ITech 12000HD Two-channel, 4500W @ 4Ω Power Amplifier
  • 2x Jands PDS6RII power distribution
  • 1x Soundcraft VI5000 didigtal mixing desk
  • 1x Soundcraft Vi Local Rack
  • 6x Shure UHF-R dual-channel wireless microphone systems

Club Forster – Auditorium

Club Forster 

Club Forster is a Memorial Services Club situated just over three hours north of Sydney and a little over one hour south of Port Macquarie, in the beautiful Great Lakes region of the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. It attracts a lively mix of touring original and tribute acts, including many from overseas. With a PA system pushing well into its third decade of service, it was becoming both a logistic and technical headache to keep it operational. 

“It was becoming hard to replace parts in equipment that they don’t make anymore,” related Club Forster’s Marketing and Entertainment Manager Eddie Youngblood. “We also wanted to make it much easier to negotiate with travelling shows. If we have an industry-standard PA system and they don’t have to bring their own equipment, it’s a big cost labour and transport saving to them. When those costs are reduced, then we can offer a more reasonable ticket price to our members– the savings go right down the line.”

“Acts these days are definitely preferring to tour where there’s suitable in-house equipment,” said Rene Miles, in-house technician at Club Forster. “When we decided we needed to upgrade, we approached a range of suppliers. We evaluated several similar systems, and we got to use them on our shows. In the end, Jands and their JBL VTX system were the most professional and competitive. Our Manager and board appreciated their professionalism, and commented on it a number of times; they were just so easy to deal with.” 

Club Foster’s existing PA was cleverly concealed in extremely large custom-made boxes hidden behind the proscenium of their stage. Jands worked with the local integrator and the Club to  develop an engineered solution that allowed Club Forster to re-use these expensive fixtures, and keep the PA hidden from the audience, an option that no competitor gave them “That saved us a lot of money,” observed Rene, “as some of the competing systems would have cost a fortune in infrastructure renovations to alter the roof to hold their weight.”

In addition to their new JBL VTX concert line array, Club Forster added four new JBL PRX612 powered foldback wedges, a Soundcraft Vi3000 digital mixing desk with remote input/output rack and a BSS Blu-100 DSP processor that allows one-button sound system operation for speech and movies when there’s no technician present. “We now have more now have more control of the PA system with the Vi3000; it’s made a big difference,” said Rene. “The JBL VTX PA gives us more even coverage around the room, and people are going away with a better impression of our shows. Even our acts are saying at their soundchecks that it sounds so much better.”

“We’ve had an excellent reaction from our patrons,” added Eddie Youngblood, “particularly in our older demographic. The problem with our old system was that you had to turn it up to reach the back of the room, making it louder at the front. People at the front would walk out because it was too loud. The new system can provide the same volume at the back as the front. We haven’t had one walk-out due to sound levels, and I come to every show. We’re one hundred percent satisfied with Jands. They were on-time and on-budget, their staff and follow-up service are terrific, and they’re lovely to deal with. A pleasure!”

Installed:

  • 6x JBL VTX V20 Three-Way High Directivity Line Array Elements
  • 2x JBL VTX S25 Suspendable, Cardioid-Arrayable, Dual 15" Subwoofers
  • 2x JBL VTX G28 Dual 18" Subwoofers
  • 6x JBL PRX612M Two-Way Multipurpose Self-Powered Loudspeakers
  • Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD Four-channel, 4000W @ 4Ω Power Amplifier
  • Crown I-Tech 12000HD Two-channel, 4500W @ 4Ω Power Amplifier
  • BSS Blu-100 DSP Processor
  • Jands PDS6RII power distribution
  • Soundcraft VI3000 digital mixer
  • Soundcraft VI Local Rack

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