Cape Audio College adds to equipment
SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Audio College has added to its range of equipment with a complete JBL VRX loudspeaker system and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The new purchases will be used when training student sound engineers.
‘We were looking for a scalable sound system for our Live Sound Module practical module and curriculum that could offer a lot of flexibility, deliver high power output and above all allow students to hear what today’s top-quality professional loudspeakers can deliver and learn how to set them up and get the most out of them,’ explained Rae de Jager, head of Cape Audio College. ‘The JBL VRX900 Series does just that, whether used as a single-point system or expanding it to a larger format. The VRX900 is also budget-friendly, which was an extra benefit.’
The school purchased six JBL VRX932LA 12-inch two-way line array systems, six VRX918S 18-inch high-power suspendable subwoofers and two VRXAF array frames, as well as four PRX715 15-inch 2-way full range speakers that are used for stage monitoring. The speakers are driven by four Crown I-Tech HD Series I-T9000 power amps running the V5 preset tunings for JBL line arrays.
‘We are excited that the students will receive hands-on audio training with a professional product of the calibre of the JBL VRX900 Series,’ said Dean Coull of South Africa Harman Professional distributors Wild & Marr. ‘The VRX Series is an extremely versatile line array line up that offers high power handling and stunning audio quality with exceptional clarity, all in an affordable package.
‘The Crown amplifiers provide the students with the opportunity to learn how today’s advanced-technology amps operate,’ Mr Coull added. ‘In live sound today we’re a far cry from the days when you’d just hook an amp and turn it on. Amps are now an integral part of system tuning and the Crown I-Tech HD Series will provide students with experience working with crossover points, filters, EQ, time delay, limiting and other parameters and show them how these factors directly translate to what is heard in a live sound environment.’
In addition to its use at Cape Town, the rig will be offered as an additional system for smaller stages at festival shows that take place around the Western Cape region of South Africa. The college’s students will run the sound system and manage its use during these events.