JBL VerTec PA systems were used as part of the sound system installed for the Equitana event in Australia.
Equitana is one of the most anticipated annual equine events of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere attracting over 50,000 visitors each year.
Spread over three days, the event attracts everything equine including horses, Olympic gold medallists, world renowned educators, Aussie cowboys, an elite equine competition program and over 350 exhibitors.
Equitana 2010 was held in November at Melbourne Showgrounds with Audio Visual Dynamics contracting Deluxe Audio to supply the sound system for the Grand Pavilion, one of the largest tensile fabric membrane structures in the Southern Hemisphere.
It was important to ensure that the audio was carefully delivered, given the expensive and highly strung horses participating in the event.
According to Dave Rees, managing director of Deluxe Audio, the sound system had to be heard by the audience without bothering the horse as it came round the corner.
The program had everything from musical acts to demonstrations with people sitting on horses with belt packs.
Hanging the PA systems in the venue was tricky as the only hanging points were from the main king poles that were on hinges and actually moved around under the billowing roof.
Deluxe Audio decided to hang a JBL VerTec 4888 PA system at one end and the new VerTec 4886 system at the other.
Interested to know whether the VerTec 4886 was ‘voiced’ the same as the main PA, they fired up the VerTec 4888 and VerTec 4886 together to find that the two PA systems were instantly seamless.
Dave explained that when two PA systems from the same manufacturer are time-aligned, they can often sound radically different and will never sit in together.
Dave’s team was also quite surprised by the amount of noise the VerTec 4886 could make. Additionally, the new PA system sounded very good despite being in a huge space and also offered great coverage.