Afrikaans is Groot powered by Harman
SOUTH AFRICA: JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft consoles were all called on for the recent Afrikaans is Groot Music Show in Pretoria. MGG Productions were the sole technical suppliers for audio and lighting for the nine sold-out shows at the 7,000 capacity Moreletapark Auditorium.
The audio system featured a total of 32 JBL VTX V20 line array elements - 12 per side for the main PA plus a centre hang of eight. Frontfill called on 10 VT4886 subcompact line array elements while low end was from a combination of G28 and S25 subwoofers in cardioid formation. An original sub design with two columns of six S25 subwoofers in cardioid formation had to be abandoned because of sight line issues. VTX F15, F12 and SRX 712 loudspeakers were used for on stage reinforcement.
All loudspeakers were powered by V-Racks, which included I-Tech 12000HDs and I-Tech 4x3500HD models featuring Crown’s DriveCore technology. System management and control were handled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager software.
The FOH control saw Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi3000 consoles connected with RealTime Rack. The Vi6 controlled all band inputs and additional multitracks for playout from Pro Tools. This was connected via an additional Madi card. The Vi6 was also used to trigger scenes to the Vi3000 via Midi (and HiQnet which triggered the RealTime Rack). The Vi3000 was used to handle vocals and sub scenes.
Organised by Coleske Artists, the event was project managed by MGG Productions’ Denzil Smith. Local Harman importers and distributors Wild & Marr were on-hand to provide additional technical support and EASE plots.