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Northeastern Production Systems Celebrates 35th

FOH Staff • News • February 27, 2007

ROCHESTER, NY — Northeastern Production Systems, of Rochester, NY, is celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2007, having evolved from a local sound production supplier to a full service audio/lighting/video systems providers. Past clients over the years have included Al Green, Heart, Patti LaBelle, Bill Cosby, KC and The Sunshine Band, Public Enemy, Chuck Mangione, the Spinners and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Since its first entry into the audio world, Northeastern Production Systems has been a JBL customer. Ongoing advancements in JBL loudspeaker technology have contributed to the company's evolution.

According to founder Ray DiBiase, "First we added lighting in the late 1970s; then in 1990 we decided our destiny was in total production packages. We proceeded to purchase staging, stage roofs, backline systems and concert barricades. The next step was power generators in the mid 1990s, and in 2000 we started employing video projection."

Dibiase also stated, "When our company began 35 years ago, so did our relationship with JBL. The days of our component systems using JBL 4550s for subs, and JBL 4560s for low mids are long gone. During that period we had two different types of high-mid and high-frequency configurations. The first utilized 2482 phenolic high-mid drivers and 2420 high-frequency drivers for the really loud shows. The second utilized 2440s and 2402 high-mid and high-frequency drivers for higher fidelity shows. Though the phenolic 2482s never seemed to fail, we soon began to only use the 2440/2441 and 2405 combination for the improved audio quality. I can even remember bringing a couple dozen 2482s to the JBL factory while on a West Coast tour in the early 1980s to have the top plates and diaphragms changed to 2441s."

Said David Scheirman, vice president, Tour Sound for JBL Professional, "From the early use of JBL components in custom boxes, to vintage JBL systems, to today's modular, high-performance array elements, Northeastern has experienced and participated in the growth and evolution of high performance concert rigs. We congratulate Ray DiBiase and his team on achieving their 35-year anniversary in the rental sound reinforcement industry."

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