For the eighth straight year, Miller Pro Audio supplied JBL Professional line arrays, powered by Crown Audio I-Tech HD amplifiers, for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in downtown Austin, TX. The system was deployed for the festival’s main (Orange) stage, which hosted performances by Snoop Dogg, MIA, MGMT, Slayer, Television and more.
The main PA system this year offered a left-right configuration of 10 VTX V25 full-size line array elements per side, with an additional six V25 elements for front fill. There were also nine ground-stacked G28 subwoofers, with 12 S28 subwoofers hung as a center cluster.
Crown I-Tech 4x3500 HD amplifiers powered the V25 loudspeakers and S28 subs, while I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the G28 subs. The system was controlled via JBL HiQnet Performance Manager software.
According to Aaron Oliver, corporate comptroller/corporate trainer for Miller Pro Audio, the challenges of the event ranged from the large number of acts to staying within strict noise limits from the city. “We try very hard to find a happy medium that keeps everyone as happy as possible,” he says.
With offices in Austin, Dallas, Lubbock and Oklahoma City, Miller Pro Audio was founded more than 20 years ago by Danny and Leslie Miller, growing from one truck and a small shop on a dirt road to averaging well over 1,000 shows per year spanning from clubs to top 10 shed tours.
“We’re a turnkey company, meaning we stock a full inventory of audio, backline, lights, video, staging, truss-built roof systems and stage lines,” notes Oliver. “We also provide production management, stage management, event planning and have a thriving install department.”
This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest marked Miller Pro Audio’s first use of the JBL VTX line array system. “We found the VTX to have great, smooth response while remaining very musical,” he says. “The output power of the V25 was killer, and the subs were powerful yet smooth and punchy. We really liked the VTX system and would love to experience what it has to offer again.”
Miller Pro Audio also owns Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and have been pleased with the products’ performance. “We utilize the I-Tech amps to power many other products we supply and all in all, we love what the I-Tech’s allow us to achieve,” Oliver adds.
In addition, he says Performance Manager has proven beneficial to Miller Pro Audio’s business: “We used Performance Manager for the Fun Fun Fun Fest and we use it on many other shows as well. The control it provides really helps us cut back on the need for additional hardware, which means less cases, less labor and lighter trucks—all of which translate to savings in budget.”
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