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B.A.L.S. Deploys JBL VerTec For Rod Stewart Stadium Show In Buenos Aires

Demonstrating the global acceptance, premium sound and maximum output capabilities of JBL Professional VERTEC® line arrays, Buenos Aires Live Show (B.A.L.S.) deployed a large VERTEC system for Rod Stewart’s recent concert at Velez Sarsfield Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show was part of Rod Stewart’s current world tour supporting his latest release, “Still The Same…Great Rock Classics of our Time.�

The April 11th concert at Velez Sarsfield Stadium drew a sell-out crowd of 40,000 people. To meet Stewart’s concert rider specifications, B.A.L.S. used a total of 52 VERTEC line array enclosures. The main left/right arrays featured 14 VT4889-1 full-size line array elements per side, with 12 VT4889-1 elements per side for out fill arrays. For additional low-frequency output, B.A.L.S. used both stacked and flown subwoofers—a total of 32 enclosures—to complement the full-range VERTEC system. JBL’s new VERTEC V4 DSP presets were used.

JBL’s new VT4889-1 full-size line array loudspeaker offers all of the performance and high-output advantages of the original VT4889, in a more affordable enclosure constructed from JBL’s exclusive PlyMax® engineered-wood material. It is acoustically and mechanically compatible with JBL’s VT4889 full-size line array loudspeaker.

“The system provided very clear sound, with a good, punchy presence,” noted Federico Sainz, Chief Engineer for B.A.L.S. “Both of Rod Stewart’s engineers, the FOH mixer and the system engineer, were very satisfied. I think the VERTEC rig gave us a great performance. We had good intelligibility all the way to the very last rows of the stadium seating [more than 100 meters from the stage]. We did have signal-delayed arrays set up in the rear as requested by the touring production, but those ended up being used at only 50 percent of the anticipated level.”

David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound for JBL Professional, notes that B.A.L.S. has proven its ability to serve the most high-profile and demanding international touring acts. “Stadium rock shows can place great demands on a concert sound team, and Buenos Aires Live Show has established both the audio system inventory and the technical processes and practices needed to succeed in this environment.”

Buenos Aires Live Show is Argentina’s most successful sound and lighting engineering and rental service company, and can be reached at

About JBL Professional:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at

About the Harman Pro Group:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer.

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Louisville, Kentucky, May 15, 2008 – Heavy rain did not dampen WAVE-TV’s live weekend coverage of the 134th Kentucky Oaks and Derby coverage, which reaped unforeseen benefits using Nucomm’s CamPac 2 wireless transmitter and Newcaster DR diversity receiver. more

Kenny Nolan Opens SoundQuest With Help From Ocean Way

Allen Sides Provides Vintage Neve Desk and Gear Package

Kenny Nolan Opens SoundQuest With Help From Ocean Way

Pictured at SoundQuest Recording are (L-R) artist/engineer Brett Nolan, Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons, and songwriter/producer Kenny Nolan.

Los Angeles, CA, May, 2008 – When songwriter/producer Kenny Nolan’s career took a sudden upturn with the worldwide success of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” he decided to create his new SoundQuest Recording studios. With the help of Ocean Way’s Allen Sides, Nolan acquired a vintage 1988 Neve 8248 console, with EQ package and Crown power amps.

“After we put in the equipment, Allen came here and tuned the room to perfection,” explained Kenny Nolan. “We also have a beautiful pair of vintage UREI Time Align monitors which we had re-coned with the help of Ocean Way. The studio was previously known for years as Westworld and was the home of many hits during the 80s and 90s. It’s a great sounding place for a wide variety of musical styles. We are fully digitally equipped, but if you are looking for that classic analog sound, we have that as well.”

Nolan’s career spans three decades as a songwriter and recording artist with huge successes in the pop, R&B, country, disco and AC fields. Among his biggest hits are: “Lady Marmalade” (originally a #1 hit by LaBelle, then recently a #1 worldwide cover hit by Christina, Mya, Pink & Lil’ Kim for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack); “My Eyes Adored You” (#1 for Frankie Valli); “Masterpiece” (#1 for Atlantic Starr), “Get Dancing” (Disco Tex); and “Penny For Your Thoughts” (Tavares).

“I have always wanted a totally professional studio of my own,” says Nolan. “We’ll be using it for my publishing, as well as some new projects with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons. But the studio is also commercially available for artists, producers and engineers who need a top notch facility with lots of versatility, nice in-house instruments and distinctive acoustics.”

In addition to his early songwriting hits with artists like the Grass Roots, the Osmond Brothers, and Dobie Gray, Nolan had a burgeoning career as a solo artist with songs such as “I Like Dreaming” and picked up the Billboard Award for New Pop Vocalist, among numerous other plaudits. But early on, he decided to focus on writing and producing, an endeavor which keeps him busy today.

Nolan’s son Brett is manning the console for a number of projects, one of which features him as vocalist for dad’s compositions, which is described as a funky New Orleans Mardi Gras collection of tunes aimed at the Broadway theatrical marketplace he has done so well in.

“The studio is excellent for live recording and for mixing,” says Brett Nolan. It’s very accurate, so what you hear is what you get in the outside world. It’s a very creative ‘old school’ room, very easy to work in, and Allen Sides found us this incredible console with great EQ.”

“When Allen finished the installation and tuned the room, he liked it so much that he told us he could mix here anytime,” added Kenny Nolan. “You can’t get a better review than that.”

For information about SoundQuest, phone 818.997.3815 or visit

For info about Ocean Way, visit

Sound Designer Peter Zinda Deploys Eventide Anthology II On Major Hollywood Films

Eventide’s Anthology II TDM plug-in bundle has allowed prominent film sound designer, Peter Zinda, to transition from his trusted Eventide DSP4000 and other outboard processors to a plug-in bundle that provides him with a panoply of sounds unavailable anywhere else.

“My DSP4000 is one of the few outboard pieces I still reach for,� said Zinda. “But now, the Anthology II plug-in bundle gives me that great Eventide sound, along with programmability and the power to automate parameters on any track. Anthology II also allows me to use multiple instances of plug-ins in the same session which I couldn’t do with my outboard gear.�

Zinda has also found that, when the processing chain is saved inside the session, it becomes easier to go back to a project at a later date. It also enables him to collaborate with another sound editor – all useful tools when working on a major feature film release.

Such command of a broad array of sonic tools serves Zinda well in his many well-known projects. He has served as sound designer and sound effects editor on a vast number of major Hollywood releases such as The Express, Mission: Impossible III, Blade 2, and Chronicles of Riddick. His efforts in the studio have garnered him the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and he has been nominated for awards on many other projects.

Anthology II contains:
E-Channelâ„¢ – configurable channel strip with gate, compressor/limiter with sidechain, and 5-band 48-bit double precision parametric equalization
EQ45 Parametric Equalizer – vintage 48-bit double precision 4-band equalization with high and low cut 12dB/octave filters
EQ65 Filter Set – vintage 48-bit double precision high and low cut 18dB/octave filters, plus 2-band reject or band pass filters
Eventide® Reverb – nine room types from the H8000 with 3-band parametric EQ (pre- and post-reverberator), a compressor (pre or post-reverberator) and stereo delays
H3000 Band Delaysâ„¢ – eight voices of delay with modulating filters; includes the Function Generator with 19 waveshapes
H3000 Factoryâ„¢ – patch together any combination of 18 effects; includes the Function Generator with 19 waveshapes
H910 – the original Harmonizer® pitch shifter with delay
H949 – deglitched pitch shifting with delay, reverse, flanging, and randomizer
Instant Phaserâ„¢ – recreation of the world’s first phaser
Instant Flangerâ„¢ – dedicated flanger with bounce
Omnipressorâ„¢ – dynamics processor with an attitude!
Octavoxâ„¢ – eight-voice diatonic Harmonizer pitch shifter
Precision Time Alignâ„¢ – track phase alignment tool
Quadravoxâ„¢ – four-voice diatonic Harmonizer pitch shifter
Ultra-Channelâ„¢ – configurable channel strip with gate, compressor/limiter with sidechain, Omnipressor dynamics processor, 5-band 48-bit double precision parametric equalization, micropitch shifting and stereo delays

Anthology II is fully compliant with ICON, D-Control, D-Command, Venue, Pro Tools 7.4, and is Mac, Universal Binary, and PC compatible.

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