Taming acoustics at the Java Jazz Festival
INDONESIA: The 2017 edition of the Jakarta Java Jazz Festival saw an Adamson E-Series speaker system deployed by local rental house Soundworks for the first time. The festival enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s biggest jazz festivals. Supplied by the manufacturer’s regional distributor, Big Knob Audio, the E12 system was used to manage all audio aspects across all three days.
‘Adamson was the clear choice when we got the call for Java Jazz 2017, and it definitely delivered,’ commented Pongky Prasetyo, Soundworks managing director. ‘It provided us with the competitive edge to win this elite world-class show.’
Soundworks was responsible for audio production in ‘The Hangar’, a 50m x 56m hall which features also a 12m curved ceiling, concrete floor and plaster walls. While this would typically present myriad of acoustic challenges, the team credits the manufacturer’s Blueprint AV prediction software with ably navigating these issues. The system comprised arrays of nine E12 enclosures per side with six stacks of two E119 subs arranged horizontally across the stage in Adamson’s FB-cardioid configuration. This was stated to be ‘extremely beneficial for miking the grand piano with the lid open’. Soundworks also deployed three S10 compact cabinets stacked on a single S119 for side fill, while a Metrix system was added to the lip stage lip for front fill.
A Yamaha PM10 digital mixer was used at FOH, while the onstage monitor package comprised of Adamson M12s and a Yamaha CL5 console. Shea, FOH engineer for the band King noted that the entire system ‘sounded clear and powerful despite the challenging acoustic environment.’
‘We had plenty of comments about how musical this system sounded and how dynamic and responsive it was, especially considering the difficult venue,’ commented Big Knob’s Timo Wibianto. ‘We had local engineers from other halls come over and listen to the system – many for the first time – and were met with great enthusiasm.’