NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers were at the heart of Sunday’s 55th Annual GRAMMY®
Awards, with JBL VTX line arrays comprising the live sound reinforcement system at the STAPLES Center and an
LSR6300 Series 5.1 surround sound studio monitor system used in the Television Committee Room.
The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by The Recording
Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. The
GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. More
than 28.1 million people watched this year’s Awards telecast, the second-largest audience for the GRAMMY
Awards since 1993.
This year’s Awards were hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons,
Rihanna, Taylor Swift, among others. The rock band fun. earned Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are
Young,” while Gotye won Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” along with two other GRAMMY
Awards. Mumford & Sons earned Album of the Year for Babel.
ATK Audiotek supplied the live sound reinforcement system for the Awards, which featured left-right columns of 12
VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side for the main PA, with additional left-right columns of 12 V25 per side
for out fill, along with a center cluster of 18 VTX S28 arrayable subwoofers in cardioid mode (two arrays of nine S28
subs each), for a total of 66 VTX loudspeakers. Six VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers served as front fill,
with left-right rear delay arrays of eight VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements each. Powering the
loudspeakers were 16 Crown Audio VRack 2000 and four VRack
4x3500 and the entire system was configured using JBL HiQnet
Performance Manager™ software. The house sound system at the
STAPLES Center, featuring VERTEC VT4888ADP-DA powered line array
elements, was used to supplement the live sound system with five
enclosures from the center end array used for rear upper deck and VIP
“This year we used the newest evolution of the JBL line array,” said Jeff
Peterson of ATK Audiotek. “The V25 had a very clear and smooth high
end which didn’t distract our attention. All of the low-end power we’re
accustomed to with the VT4889’s was there and then some. The S28
sub is so efficient we never came close to using all of the available
power. Tying it all together, Performance Manager gave me all the
control and monitoring I needed.”
In the Television Committee Room, Michael Abbott, Audio Director for
the GRAMMY Awards, along with Recording Academy executives,
relied on JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors to listen to the mix of the
show in real time. “We were able to take advantage of the LSR6300
Series’ RMC Room Mode Correction technology to ensure that we were
accurately hearing the subtleties in the mix,” Abbott said. “As has been
the case for several years, the LSR6300 Series performed flawlessly at
the GRAMMY Awards.”
For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com
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