SSE Rocks Download With JBL

Leading UK audio rental company SSE rocked the main stage at the new Clear Channel Entertainment “Download” festival at Donington Park with a JBL VerTec line array system.

Entertainment “Download” festival at Donington Park with a JBL VerTec
SSE has worked with Clear Channel on many other high profile projects and were asked to supply PA for both Main and Scuzz stages at the event that pulled 40,000 enthusiastic rockers to hear the likes of Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden. Download has been hailed as the launch-pad for an upcoming trend in heavy metal ‘monster’ style festivals.

Download demanded a lot from its sound systems, which had to kick awesome ass with LOUDNESS, and also feature finely focusable directional control – to contain environmental spillage.

SSE director Chris Beale designed the systems for both stages. He decided that VerTec was ideal for the main (open-air) stage, particularly as many top American acts roared their way across the 15 band-a-day line up and their engineers would be familiar with the system.

Beale states, “The VerTec product is excellent. It’s a well engineered system – lightweight, ergonomic, practically packaged, well executed and containing quality components – need I say more?”

The system was configured as 14 VerTec 4889 elements per side plus four VerTec 4888 ‘midi’ enclosures. There was also a centre vocal cluster of eight 4888s. The elegant fingers of the arrays worked well in the very expedient wing space, with left and right hangs cloaked with special Download PA scrims, and the centre cluster hanging virtually unobtrusively in the middle of the stage.

No delay towers were necessary, as the VerTec easily threw the full sound image right to the rear of the 240 metre long arena. The house and monitor system amplification was exclusively Camco V6 and V4.

The system was run with Nexo CD18 cardioid subs, which Beale reckons is a dream combination, one that gave a feisty 103 dB at the desk whilst being virtually inaudible off site.

SSE ran a standard ‘flip-flop’ festival system and patch bay set up throughout the event. FOH desks were Midas Heritage 3000, monitor consoles were Midas XL3 and SSE also accommodated two guest FOH consoles and four guest monitor boards per day!

Photos issued with this press release are © Louise Stickland

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