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Story Sound sets the stage with JBL VTX

Facing an increase in theatre work, long-time JBL user Story Sound has invested in the new VTX line array series, officially launched at NAMM in January this year.

Netherlands-based production company Story Sound BV has upgraded its PA kit with the purchase of the new JBL VTX line array series. In total, the company has purchased 24 V25 line array elements and 26 S28 arrayable subwoofers, plus a variety of Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, in order to accommodate an increasing amount of theatre work: “We made this investment to spread our business a bit more. We handle 14 theater tours every season and want to win more festival work—both indoors and outdoors,” said company owner Michael Story. The VTX series will be used on Shrek The Musical, currently in London’s West End, which will transfer to Amsterdam’s RAI Theater later this summer. Other work will include projects such as magician Hans Klok, circus tours and Daddy Cool, the musical based on Boney M’s music. Story first heard the new VTX at the PLASA Show in London last September, which prompted the investment: “It wasn’t only the new waveguide and D2 driver that impressed me – but the new JBL team, headed by Paul Bauman [senior manager, tour sound for JBL Professional],” he said. “We know JBL is the only company capable of developing its own components on so many levels to create such a line array. We have supported them for many years, and this latest generation has a very high output.” One of Story Sound’s gigs with the VTX series was at the Liberation Festival in Almere, NL, in early May. “There were a number of famous bands playing and they were flabbergasted by the sound,” said Story. “They were able to compare the output from the different stages and hear the amazing sound pressure of the VTX. The waveguide is way better than anything we have experienced and it couples so much better. The phase coherency is noticeable and the twin 15-inch woofers provide double the power of other systems.”