NORTHRIDGE, California – The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Neil Young and many others rocked out recently in New
York City’s Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival, a free concert highlighting the effort to combat poverty
around the world. New York-based Firehouse Productions provided the live sound reinforcement system for the
event, which featured HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays.
While the Global Citizen Festival was free, the estimated 60,000 concertgoers were only allowed to attend after
accumulating points by watching videos on globalcitizen.org about various issues dealing with poverty. In addition
to the musical performances, celebrities including K’Naan, John Legend, Katie Couric and economist Jeffrey D.
Sachs delivered speeches during equipment changes.
For the main PA system, Firehouse provided 36 (18 per side) JBL VTX V25 fullsize arrayable line array
loudspeakers, 32 (16 per side) VERTEC® VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers, with two VT4888 midsize line
array loudspeakers for front fills. In addition, 48 (four clusters of 12)
VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers provided delay fill along
with 24 (12 per side) VT4880A subwoofers. Crown I-Tech HD
12000 amplifiers powered the entire system.
“This event was straightforward from a sound design standpoint,
as with outdoor concerts many of the obstacles of filtering sound
are eliminated, since there are no columns or walls that we have
to worry about,” explained Mark Dittmar, Lead Design &
Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions. “The VTX line
arrays continue to give us the sound quality and smooth coverage
that we rely on and we’ve never had a problem.”
“The light weight of the VTX made the load-in and setup process
a breeze,” Dittmar added. “The combination of VTX with the
Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers is the best solution out there for live
sound applications of all sizes and scopes.”
For more information on Firehouse Productions, please
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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for
the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.