After a break of two years, NZ’s highly anticipated Ohakune Mardi Gras returned with an exciting line-up of local and international artists. The one-day spectacular has been one of New Zealand's much-loved winter parties for the past 20 years.
Production company NZ Sound provided the audio for the event that featured Pendulum and Home Brew as some of the headline acts. The main PA system consisted of JBL Professional’s latest line array system, the VTX A12.
"It was my first time mixing on the VTX A12 system by JBL. As soon as we turned the system on, I was blown away. Detailed and crisp high end, beautiful mid-range and deep, defined lows,” says Pendulum’s FOH Engineer Owen Charles. “The system threw an extremely long way back and I was more than happy with the coverage.”
The main PA system featured a total of 24 JBL VTX A12 line array elements, with a ground shaking 18 JBL VTX G28 subwoofers. 4 Vertec 4888 were used as front fills and a number of JBL VTX M22 and M20 tour wedges were used for stage monitoring.
“Definitely my PA of the Day," quips Tim Robertson, Tour Sound Manager for JPRO the NZ distributor for JBL Professional. “We are proud to have supported an event such as Ohakune with JBL VTX A12. “The system continues to impress locally and our aim is to have it added to more technical riders in the NZ market.”
All loudspeakers were powered by Crown V-Racks, which included I-Tech 12000HD and I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, while system management and control were handled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager software.
Owen Charles who currently mixes for Yungblud & Pendulum, has previously mixed audio for international artists such as Macy Gray, D'angelo, MF DOOM and Jay Electronica, adds: “When I was mixing on the Waves LV1 console, the JBL VTX A12 translated perfectly – what the artist and I were hearing in the studio during pre-production came out better than we could have hoped for on the day. Let's just say the JBL VTX A12 line array and A-Series line array systems are now going straight on my rider."