NORTHRIDGE, California — In a demonstration of Harman Professional components providing rental companies and venues with the sonic performance and reliability coupled with the networked configuration and control of Harman HiQnetâ„¢, premier rental house, AVS Production Group, formerly known as Abe V Systems, has deployed for the last 2 years, a JBL VERTEC rig powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers to New York City's dynamic and progressive Terminal 5 live music venue. Terminal 5 is part of the successful Bowery Presents Production Company and family of venues that also includes the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Welmont Theater and Music Hall At Williamsburg.
The system at Terminal 5 comprises two arrays of ten JBL VERTEC VT4888 Line Array elements powered by 24 Crown I-Tech 8000s and hung on either side of the stage augmented by self-powered JBL VRX Series loudspeakers arranged in delay clusters throughout the venue. The FOH system was designed and configured using Harman's HiQnet System Architect.
According to Abe Viera Jr. HiQnet System Architect provides his team integrators with a highly functional, intuitive user interface that help them to standardize operations and apply best practices. “System Architect enables me to train my team on one platform and for each member of the team to gain expertise in one interface,” said Viera. “This translates to better system design and operation but also the labor and money savings as we become more efficient!”
Viera also points to equipment savings enabled by HiQnet. “Having the DSP functionality in the amp with the programmability of System Architect is like having enables us to have a much stronger product”, said Viera. “By the time you're at the console the way we can deliver a system is just far beyond what we could do in the past. We have been using the system for a year now and we won't do anything without System Architect.”
Commenting on the loudspeakers, Viera is a supporter of the VERTEC VT4888. “The 4888's in many people's opinion are a great sounding box. It just sounds really good and when you're a premium service provider like we are, you cannot compromise on the sonic integrity,” said Viera. “Our business serves the top venues and leading artists in the New York Metro Area and our trademarks are concierge-level attention to detail and absolutely great sound. We spend a lot of time going through every angle of the show, whereas others just come in, install and leave. This commitment has gotten us to where we are now and why customers continue to turn to us in good times and bad.”