|Story Sound Sets New HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays on Wide Tour of Duty
NORTHRIDGE, California – Netherlands-based production company Story Sound BV has upgraded its inventory
and become an early investor in HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array series. The company, headed by Michael Story,
has purchased 24 V25 line array elements and 26 S28 arrayable subwoofers, plus a variety of Crown I-Tech HD
amplifiers. This is largely to accommodate the increasing amount of theater work the company is now supporting
with sound design and reinforcement.
Discussing the purchase, Michael Story said, “We made this investment to spread our business a bit more. We
handle 14 theater tours every season and want to win more festival work—both indoors and outdoors.”
At the same time, the company has substantially upgraded its JBL VERTEC® stock of VT4886 subcompact line
array elements and VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers—with all JBL equipment supplied by HARMAN
Professional’s territorial distributor, AudioXL.
Over the years, Story Sound has adopted most generations of JBL’s large-format enclosures dating back to the
HLA, and this new VTX rig will complement existing VERTEC VT4887A, VT4886 and now VTX in the inventory.
Michael Story is excited about the wide range of projects for which the new VTX series is destined. “We have a
very broad package of work ahead,” he confirmed. This includes Shrek The Musical, currently in London’s West
End, which will transfer to Amsterdam’s RAI Theater later this summer. Other work will include projects such as
magician Hans Klok, circus tours and Daddy Cool, the musical based on Boney M’s music.
Michael Story first heard the new VTX at the PLASA Show in London last
September, deciding on the spot to replace some of his older JBL
inventory. “It wasn’t only the new waveguide and D2 driver that
impressed me—but the new JBL team, headed by Paul Bauman [Senior
Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional],” he said. “We know JBL is
the only company capable of developing its own components on so many
levels to create such a line array. We have supported them for many
years, and this latest generation has a very high output.”
Story Sound first deployed VTX (powered with Crown I-Tech HD
amplifiers) at a small festival in the company’s hometown of Alphen, for
which Story Sound built new rigging towers to create greater efficiency.
It was then ready for a higher profile outing at the Liberation Festival in
Almere in early May. “There were a number of famous bands playing and
they were flabbergasted by the sound,” Story reported. “They were able
to compare the output from the different stages and hear the amazing
sound pressure of the VTX. The waveguide is way better than anything
we have experienced and it couples so much better. The phase
coherency is noticeable and the twin 15-inch woofers provide double the
power of other systems.”
“It’s looking very positive for us—and for the VTX,” Story concluded.
“There are already a lot of people talking about this new system.”
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment
solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including
AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles
across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform.
More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems.
HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales
of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.