ETASound Ltd has invested heavily in new JBL VerTec loudspeakers, Crown VRack amplification and Soundcraft’s new Vi1 compact digital desk, supplied by Harman Pro’s UK & Ireland distributors, Sound Technology.
Based in North Wales, ETA made the purchases after a busy year of supplying many events at the O2 Arena, completed six major voice alarm projects in London and Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium.
The company’s purchase of 16 x JBL VerTec VT4889 three-way line array enclosures will replace their VerTec VT4888DPAN compact line array enclosures and VT4880 subs.
“We expect to add more VerTec later in the year,” confirmed Thomas. “The decision to go with VerTec was that we wanted a large format array system and because our past experience with the VerTec we have found that with correct setup, they sound as good as anything else on the market, while the new VerTec control presets will make a huge difference.”
ETASound has also upgraded to Crown’s VRack, a tour optimised power amplifier and speaker management rack, designed to work with VerTec. The company purchased four VRacks — each plugged with three Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers and a globally universal power distribution system, which can be set to comply with US and international power standards.
Four of Soundcraft’s new Vi1 compact digital desks were also purchased by the company after previewing it at Prolight + Sound. “We had an inkling that a stripped down version of Soundcraft’s Vi6 was coming onto the market with a greatly reduced price tag, and so I was ready on the sidelines,” Thomas stated. When I saw the new desk, its functionality and small footprint in Frankfurt we knew it was going to be a winner, coupled that by using the optical fibre MADI cards and our existing Vi6 fibre based stagebox I could expand the channel count from 32 to 64, the decision became a no brainer.
“These are so versatile that they will run everything from rock ‘n’ roll show to corporate, and we would use it in preference to a small analogue desk. Everyone is really happy with them.”