Discussing the purchase, Michael Story said, "We made this investment to spread our business a bit more. We handle 14 theater tours every season and want to win more festival work-both indoors and outdoors."
At the same time, the company has substantially upgraded its JBL VERTEC(r) stock of VT4886 subcompact line array elements and VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers-with all JBL equipment supplied by HARMAN Professional's territorial distributor, AudioXL.
Over the years, Story Sound has adopted most generations of JBL's large-format enclosures dating back to the HLA, and this new VTX rig will complement existing VERTEC VT4887A, VT4886 and now VTX in the inventory.
Michael Story is excited about the wide range of projects for which the new VTX series is destined. "We have a very broad package of work ahead," he confirmed. This includes Shrek The Musical, currently in London's West End, which will transfer to Amsterdam's RAI Theater later this summer. Other work will include projects such as magician Hans Klok, circus tours and Daddy Cool, the musical based on Boney M's music.
Michael Story first heard the new VTX at the PLASA Show in London last September, deciding on the spot to replace some of his older JBL inventory. "It wasn't only the new waveguide and D2 driver that impressed me-but the new JBL team, headed by Paul Bauman [Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional]," he said. "We know JBL is the only company capable of developing its own components on so many levels to create such a line array. We have supported them for many years, and this latest generation has a very high output."
Story Sound first deployed VTX (powered with Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers) at a small festival in the company's hometown of Alphen, for which Story Sound built new rigging towers to create greater efficiency.
It was then ready for a higher profile outing at the Liberation Festival in Almere in early May. "There were a number of famous bands playing and they were flabbergasted by the sound," Story reported. "They were able to compare the output from the different stages and hear the amazing sound pressure of the VTX. The waveguide is way better than anything we have experienced and it couples so much better. The phase coherency is noticeable and the twin 15-inch woofers provide double the power of other systems."
"It's looking very positive for us-and for the VTX," Story concluded. "There are already a lot of people talking about this new system."
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets - supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.