Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is an anchor for one of the world’s most vibrant live music hubs. Along with other Toronto performance spaces such as the Air Canada Centre and Massey Hall, the city is a requisite stop for all touring artists. The Sony Centre seats 3,200 and showcases performances by some of the world’s foremost artists across a broad spectrum of genres. Recent concerts have included the Beastie Boys, Damien Rice, Tori Amos and Queens of the Stone Age.
Originally designed to stage opera and ballet performances, the Sony Centre turned to PA Plus to bring added flexibility to its sound reinforcement system. Management desired to support rock, pop and jazz artists as well as the classical productions that continue to play at the Centre. “The venue wanted to implement a system with more impact that would meet the demands of higher- energy performances,” said Mark Radu, Systems Engineer, PA Plus. “We proposed a permanent line array system, and out of the various products available, the venue chose a JBL VERTEC rig.”
PA Plus designed and installed a VERTEC line array system featuring 12 VT4888DP-CN powered midsize line arrays on each side of the stage, accompanied by four VT4882DP-CN powered midsize arrayable subwoofers per side, for a total of 32 VERTEC enclosures. The VERTEC DP Series includes JBL DrivePack technology, featuring Crown’s exclusive BCA (Balanced Current Amplification) and Class I circuitry. The system sets a new standard for performance in digital power amplification, with lower noise and distortion specifications than other high-power switching amplifier on the market. The entire system is remotely controlled and monitored via Harman’s HiQnet System Architect software.
“The internally-powered characteristic of the VERTEC system was a huge selling point for us,” said Ross Tuskey of the Sony Centre. “It allows us control of each individual box so we can finesse the system to the specific needs of each performance. Additionally, since purchasing the system, we have found VERTEC to be rider-friendly and widely recognized as a top-quality loudspeaker, so it’s an easy sell for us. Half the acts that come here with a full PA in their truck choose to leave it in the truck.”
“The selection of VERTEC DP Series line array loudspeakers for Toronto’s Sony Centre has resulted in a performance-venue installation that’s an excellent showcase for JBL DrivePack technology,” said David Scheirman, Vice President of Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Furthermore, this successful project by PA Plus demonstrates the growing number of VERTEC line arrays being installed as rider-friendly systems in some of the world’s most prestigious performance venues.”