Air Force Museum Features New JBL VerTec Line Arrays

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Washington Professional Systems (Wheaton, Md.) recently completed a major new sound reinforcement system installation using JBL VerTec speaker systems for the United States Air Force Museum located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Greg Lukens, VP of WPS, commented, "We chose VerTec line array elements to achieve high SPL levels in a compact, unobtrusive package that would provide a first-class audio experience to museum visitors without impacting the visual presentation of the aircraft exhibits, many of which are suspended from the ceiling." The Air Force Museum is home to a wide collection of aviation memorabilia and more than 300 historic aircraft. The Air Force Band of Flight performs 60 to 70 concerts per year in the Modern Flight Hangar, a four-acre structure with an 80-foot overhead ceiling height. A semi-permanent flying system was needed to reinforce this 60-piece orchestra, and speaker array placement would be critical to allow proper coverage without undue reverberation.

"JBL's modular VerTec rigging system allowed us to position each array's coverage very accurately, and fine-tuning on site was easy and repeatable," noted Lukens. "We used eight JBL VT4888 midsize line array speakers and four JBL VT4880 subwoofers per side. We were able to put the sound right where we wanted it. The clarity and detail of the speakers is stunning and really showcases the digital control accuracy of the system's front end."

The VerTec elements are driven using Crown MA-5002 and Crown MA-2402 amplifiers, fed by a Yamaha PM1D digital mixing system. "This is the most transparent and natural sound reinforcement system that I've heard. You can hear every instrument," stated Master Sergeant Chris Ballard, soundmixer for The Air Force Band of Flight.

Washington Professional Systems can be reached at 301/942-6800. For more information on the VerTec system, visit

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