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Love, Janis Psychedelic Musical Rocks with JBL

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• Created: March 25, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, CA – Marking the first commercial use of JBL Professional’s new powered full-size VerTec VT4889ADP full-range line array element and VT4880ADP companion subwoofer with JBL DrivePack technology, San Diego-based Meeting Services Inc. is providing audio, lighting and projection needs for the national tour of “Love, Janis.”

The musical theater production is based upon the life and music of 60's rock ‘n’ roll icon Janis Joplin. Inspired by the best-selling book, "Love, Janis" by Laura Joplin, the singer's younger sister, the show’s entire spoken text comes directly from Janis Joplin herself – from actual letters to her family and from her many press, radio and TV interviews. The show is presented by Columbia Artists Theatricals (CAT), which specializes in the distribution and production of commercial and theatrically staged live entertainment on a worldwide basis. The production features general management by Paul Rambacher, set design by Norman Schwab, tour light and projection design by Jeffrey Cady using original 1960s psychedelic lightshow images from San Francisco's legendary Bill Ham, and sound design by Eric Stahlhammer.

“Love, Janis” is playing in a wide range of venues nationwide. The current tour leg is scheduled into midsize proscenium-stage theaters, such as the 1,167-seat Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where the show was staged Feb. 29-March 2. This classic stage house features musical performances, dramatic activities and educational programming throughout the year. Sound Designer Eric Stahlhammer relied on JBL's new powered full-size system “on the boards” to give the classic-rock, period-authentic show a full-range, dynamic sound as the production moved through classic Janis Joplin songs like "Piece of My Heart," "Down On Me," "Ball and Chain," "Mercedes Benz" and "Me and Bobby McGee."

"The brand-new VT4889ADP system is powerful and full-bodied, with its 15-inch low-frequency woofers. It has all the acoustical hallmarks of the standard VT4889 with the addition of integrated power and digital signal processing,” commented Stahlhammer. "Having a powered speaker system for this production saves us both setup time and backstage space.”

The JBL VerTec VT4889ADP full-range, high directivity line array element and companion VT4880ADP Ultra-Long Excursion arrayable subwoofer are integrated audio systems featuring field-proven JBL DrivePack technology.  The VT4889ADP weighs only 93.1 kg (205 lbs) and each unit is capable of delivering 143 dB SPL maximum output (1 m). The VT4880ADP subwoofer is capable of delivering 137 dB SPL (1 m) and weighs only 99.9 kg (220 lb), enabling the construction of large, extremely powerful arrays of multiple units. The subwoofer is designed to be suspended in stand-alone arrays, coupled with VT4889ADP's in the same array, or ground-stacked as required.

For front fill applications, Stahlhammer's sound design for "Love, Janis" includes JBL's compact VRX928LA two-way loudspeakers, arrayed on the stage lip to cover forward seating rows in the theatrical playhouses on the national tour. "I can see numerous applications for JBL speakers in touring theatrical-style productions," observed Stahlhammer. "My design criteria has always been to give audiences the best sound possible in coordination with a given script and stage set. This system package is giving us excellent results from both a sonic and practical point of view, and the show has been getting excellent reviews. The audience is on their feet and singing along, every night."


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