NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA, August 10, 2007 — In one of the year’s highest-profile applications of JBL Professional VERTEC® line arrays, leading rental company Sound Image is providing the live audio system for the current Gwen Stefani world tour, “The Sweet Escape.” Since kicking off with a successful two months in North America, the tour is now extending to Australia, Asia and Europe. Additional U.S. dates are now being added for November.
A massive stage set, cutting-edge lighting, LCD image surfaces and video support systems all contribute to the sophisticated show, which highlights a 5-piece backing band and project’s Stefani’s personality with advanced stagecraft techniques such as a larger-than-life throne that elevates the artist during a featured production number.
Rehearsals for the current world tour began March 17 at Sound Image’s worldwide headquarters in San Diego, California. Front-of-house soundmixer Michelle Sabolchik-Pettinat challenged Sound Image to provide a touring system that was adaptable to both medium and large-scale venues, and that would deliver consistent sound in the wide variety of indoor and outdoor buildings where the show would play. Tour industry veteran Gary Sanguinet is the project’s system engineer, and long-time Sound Image employee John Schimke is on board as monitor engineer. Sound Image’s technicians on the road include Nathan Klaeser and Andrew Cawley.
The current tour features a multi-array JBL VERTEC system, including 60 VT4889 full-size line array elements and 24 VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers. Additionally, the system features 56 Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers, dbx 4800 DriveRack loudspeaker management units for signal processing, and an AKG HUB 4000 Q Wireless network with AKG in-ear monitors. The entire system is networked through Harman’s HiQnet System Architect, enabling all Harman components to integrate seamlessly into a single remote control and monitoring software platform.
“We have been using JBL component transducers for over 30 years,” said Dave Shadoan, President of Sound Image. “We own hundreds of VERTEC loudspeakers. The majority of our tours are using VERTEC systems. And we like working with Harman products because we can network them and they have a sonic purity that we like.”
For more than 35 years, Sound Image has been one of the world’s leading sound companies, designing and integrating audio systems for live concerts and permanent installations. In addition to Gwen Stefani, Sound Image includes Eric Clapton, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffett among its expansive client base.
“Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape” tour is one of the most popular box-office draws on the road today,” observed David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The show offers concert-goers the very latest in lighting, video and sound production technology. We’re gratified to see this veteran concert sound firm relying upon JBL VERTEC loudspeaker arrays for one of their highest-profile touring projects this season.”
For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.com or call 760-737-3900.