NORTHRIDGE, California â€“ In anticipation of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the Richmond Olympic Oval officially opened on December 12 and 13 with a variety of speeches and musical performances. Audio rental system provider SW Audio & Visual supplied the live sound reinforcement system, which consisted of JBL VERTECÂ® line arrays. The grand opening was broadcast live on the CTV Network across British Columbia.
Located in the city of Richmond, adjacent to Vancouver, the Richmond Olympic Oval is a 512,000 square foot, multi-use facility, with capacity for 8,000 spectators and includes a 400-meter speed skating track. The Oval will be used at the 2010 Olympics for all the speed skating events.
With an eye on providing a sound reinforcement system that would accommodate the needs of the live audience as well as those watching on television, SW Audio & Visual deployed a JBL VERTEC line array system.
â€œInterfacing with the broadcast element is always a challenge,â€? said Calvin McCarthy, President of SW Audio & Visual. â€œWe have to make sure that there is a proper balance between the sound for the live audience and the audience watching on television. You need to have a certain level of control over the live system.â€?
The system featured line arrays in a left-right configuration, ground-stacked to keep the audio system away from the main sightlines. Each array contained five VERTEC VT4888DP midsize, powered line array elements with DrivePackâ„¢ technology. Complementing each array were two VT4880 full-size, arrayable subwoofers.
â€œVERTEC is our exclusive brand for line arrays and once again worked flawlessly on this event,â€? said McCarthy. â€œThe sound quality is exceptional, as is the arrayability. Theyâ€™re very easy to quickly rig and configure.â€?
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