Press Release

The Keith and Kristyn Getty Irish Folk Tour Gets Audio Boost from HARMAN Professional Solutions

by JBL Professional | Mar 09, 2016
JBL VTX line arrays and Crown amplifiers help large acoustic instrument and vocal-based Irish folk tour achieve critical sound quality and clarity
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A comprehensive HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system featuring JBL and Crown recently took center stage with the Gettys for a demanding, month-long series of concerts. The 20-city tour featured Irish musicians Keith and Kristyn Getty and a large number of celebrated folk musicians playing seasonal classics. 

Tennessee-based CTS Audio, which has worked on the Getty tour for the past five years, chose an audio system featuring JBL VTX V20s, VTX S28 subwoofers and VT4886 for fills. The entire system was powered by Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers.

Jon Schwarz, Lead System Designer for CTS Audio, said that with the large number of acoustic instruments on stage and the demands of rich, multilayered harmonies, it was imperative for CTS Audio to achieve superior clarity for vocals and instrumentation.

“The VTX S28 is a really musical subwoofer, which worked great in this instance,” said Schwarz. “The VT4886 is a low-profile loudspeaker that we used to fill in areas at the front of the stage. With its size and output, it meshed perfectly with the rest of the system in terms of tonal characteristics, clarity and volume.”

Schwarz appreciates that the Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers were designed specifically for the VTX line arrays. “HARMAN Professional Solutions took the time to get the presets just right, and it shows,” said Schwarz. “The synchronicity between the loudspeakers and amplifiers is on an incredibly high level.”

Schwarz added that the range of products HARMAN Professional Solutions offers is what keeps him coming back to its tried-and-true brands.

“Time and time again, we come back to HARMAN Professional Solutions,” Schwarz said. “This was a very unique tour. We had a large group of folk musicians on a single stage with a lot of vocal harmonies. We really had to get the sound just right. HARMAN Professional Solutions gives us so many options to make even tough setups work, and the results speak for themselves.”

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