For the third consecutive year, Baton Rouge, LA sound company Premier Production & Sound Services (PSS) supplied the sound reinforcement system for the recent Voodoo Experience festival, relying on a range of products from Harman Professional.
The 3-day festival presents array of more than 80 artists and more than 100,000 people at New Orleans City Park, with PSS deploying a system at the Flambeau Stage with eight JBL Professional VTX V25 full-size line array elements per side and four stacks of three S28 subwoofers arranged in cardioid configuration.
PSS also provided 12 VerTec VT4886 subcompact line array elements atop the subwoofers for front fill. Twenty-eight Crown Audio IT 12000 HD amplifiers powered the loudspeakers
Stage sound was furnished by 16 JBL SRX712M floor wedges, plus 12 VT4886 loudspeakers and six VT4883 subcompact subwoofers, driven by nine Crown IT 4×3500 HD amplifiers.
In addition, PSS supplied two Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound consoles for front of house and monitor mixing. Brian Gordon of PSS (head audio engineer and co-owner) and his staff used the JBL VTX-LZ-K laser accessory kit to precisely align all the loudspeakers in the system.
“This was our third year of working on the Voodoo Experience festival and our second with the JBL VTX Series line arrays,” states PSS co-owner and director of operations Russ Bryant. “The sound was absolutely awesome. At a large-scale outdoor rock festival like this, the demands on a loudspeaker system are tremendous in terms of the sheer SPL and coverage required—and the V25 line arrays are phenomenal in their ability to deliver clear sound even at high volume, with pristine, effortless headroom especially in the upper midrange and high frequencies.”
The Crown IT 4×3500 HD amplifiers also made life easier for PSS. “Having four channels in one amp allowed us to significantly cut down on the amount of cabling we needed and save a lot of time and labor,” he notes. “We are very happy with the flexibility they offer and the fact that they can be optimized for use with VTX and VerTec loudspeakers using the V5 DSP presets.”
At festivals with dozens of artists on the bill, smooth transitions between acts are crucial. “We wound up using the Soundcraft Vi6 consoles for 31 front of house and monitor changeovers,” says Bryant. “I can tell you that the Vi6 was much easier to use than other consoles that were at the festival.”
He adds: The Vi6 still passes signal while you’re loading show files into it where some other consoles will not, which is a major benefit during the hectic time constraints of a big festival.”