NORTHRIDGE, California – The recent Arsch Huh music festival in Cologne, Germany was one of the largest of the
year, with 85,000 people enjoying performances by more than 25 bands including BAP, Bläck Fööss, Brings, Tommy
Engel and other notable German artists. The concert, organized in 1992 to stand against racism, celebrated its 20th
anniversary with spectacular sound courtesy of Sirius Showequipment AG and an audio system featuring
HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line arrays.
“We were one of Europe’s first users of the JBL VTX Series and knew from previous experience that they are
remarkably clear and powerful, especially for their size and they would be ideal for this big outdoor festival event,”
said Wolfgang “Schabbach” Neumann of Sirius. For the main PA the company deployed two left and right towers
with 15 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and eight S28 subwoofers per side. In addition, several delay towers
were set up, with the main (first delay line) towers each containing seven V25 line array elements.
The speakers were driven by 30 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers, and Neumann and his crew used HARMAN’s
JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software to set up and tune the system.
“We had more than 25 bands and artists going on and off the stage and a number of different front of house
engineers using this VTX-based system for the very first time,” Neumann said. “Some of them performed only two or
three songs. As a result there was not much time to get the sound right for each act. We also had the added
pressure of knowing that the entire 5 1/2-hour show was being broadcast live on German television.”
“However, using the new JBL VTX Series is easily explained,” Neumann continued. “You switch it on, you power up
your desk, you push the faders up and the sound is already there, sounding really great right from the start.”
In addition, Neumann noted that the Crown I-Tech 12000 HD
amplifier is an ideal match for VTX. “It’s the most powerful amp
on the planet,” Neumann said. “We’ve experimented with other
amplifiers including 4-channel models but I would say that 2-
channel amplifiers, especially the I-Tech 12000 HD, have more
power when you push the masters to ’11.’ It also helps that the
VTX Series and Crown amps work hand in hand with
Performance Manager, which works very well and is easy to
“Achim Schnall, front of house mixer for headliner BAP told me it
was ‘an easy to mix on system,’ and our front of house
‘babysitter’ engineer Daniel Schindler told me that for him the
system was ‘unbelievably powerful and easy to operate,’”
Neumann added. “Without a doubt, the JBL VTX Series are the
most efficient and best-sounding loudspeakers we have ever had
in our inventory.”
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solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including
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More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems.
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the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.