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HARMAN Professional Solutions Fuels Nine Stages of Electronic Dance Music at Emporium Festival

October 15, 2018

Story Event Engineering deploys JBL VTX A12 and V25-II line arrays, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft mixers for a wide range of electronic genres

WIJCHEN, The Netherlands—Story Event Engineering recently deployed multiple HARMAN Professional Solutions audio systems at Emporium Festival, including JBL VTX A12 tour sound solutions.

“We’ve been providing sound for Emporium Festival for over 10 years, and every year our company grows along with it,” said Paul Lehmann, Sales Representative & System Engineer, Story Event Engineering. “This year alone we used more than 400 JBL speakers and 200 Crown amps. Nine independent systems at a festival of this size can be a lot to keep up with, so it’s important to have reliability and consistency among all the gear. From JBL VTX 12 main rigs and VRX DJ monitors to Crown amps and Soundcraft mixers, we used HARMAN Professional live sound solutions across the board.” 

To ensure optimized system performance across all nine stages, the Story Event Engineering team relied on a range of JBL VTX and VRX speakers and subs assembled in different configurations tailored to the needs of each stage with regards to size and genre represented. For the two main stages, Story Event Engineering selected VTX A12 line arrays, which enabled production Manager Koen Wijnands and his team to achieve incredible power, depth and clarity with minimal system tuning.

“From the first time we heard the VTX A12, we’ve been extremely impressed by its sound quality and performance,” continued Lehmann. “The A12’s clarity is amazing and its headroom is unbelievable—and the best part is it doesn’t require a lot of tweaking to make it sound good. From electronic styles like house, EDM and techno to live bands playing pop and rock, the A12 can handle any genre of music right out of the box. And the rigging is so simple and well thought out—as long as you do your calculations beforehand, you just throw up the A12’s, turn up the volume and it sounds great!”

In addition to VTX A12 line arrays, Story Event Engineering supplied VTX V25-II line array systems for the remaining seven stages, with V20 speakers providing out fill coverage. VTX S28 and G28 subwoofers delivered the deep impact necessary to get the dance floor rumbling. VRX932LA1 speakers and VRX918S subwoofers provided powerful and accurate on-stage monitoring for DJs and performers. The VRX932LA1 also served reliably as downstage front fills for the audience members in the front rows. State-of-the-art Crown I-Tech 12000HD, 5000HD and 4x3500HD amplifiers powered all speaker systems at the festival. To ensure top-tier mixing control, the main stages were equipped with Soundcraft Vi2000 consoles with Realtime Rack, while the other stages received Soundcraft Vi1 consoles.  

Dutch promoters and engineers have been so impressed with Story Event Engineering’s production quality that the company attributes a part of its growth directly to the VTX A12.

“So far everyone who heard the A12 system is blown away by its sound quality,” concluded Lehmann. “Electronic music has a lot of subtle effects that sometimes get lost in other systems. Because of the clarity of the A12 system, you can hear every detail in the music and that’s what drives the audiences crazy. We’ve deployed these at other festivals and promoters have been astonished with the results. You could say the A12 system performs so well, it generates more business all by itself.”