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ZoukOut 2017 music festival shoots for the stars with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:15


Digital Aid recently deployed a large-scale JBL by HARMAN VTX Series audio system at ZoukOut 2017, one of Asia’s largest dance music festivals.

Now in its 17th year, ZoukOut is an annual electronic music festival that brings top DJs and producers for a weekend filled with dusk-to-dawn EDM performances. Held on December 8, 2017, the 17th ZoukOut festival attracted 40,000 dance music fans to gorgeous Siloso Beach for dusk-to-dawn sets by Flume, Marshmello, R3hab, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Amelie Lens and more.

In order to ensure superb audio quality for crowds and artists at the Star Stage, festival organiser Zouk hired sound provider Digital Aid to deploy a complete JBL VTX sound system. The VTX system’s transparent sound quality enabled Digital Aid to accommodate the diverse line-up of artists with minimal sound interference from the nearby Moon Stage.

“When we put the JBL VTX system to the test on the Star Stage, we were impressed by its power and clarity—even with the spillover from the Moon Stage,” said Henry Hari Ram, director, Digital Aid. “The VTX system performed optimally to provide an unforgettable experience for the audience of 40,000. Its wide coverage allowed festival-goers to roam freely in front of the stage while enjoying each DJ’s music with balanced output and consistent sound quality. It was an intense weekend, but thanks to the VTX system and on-site support from the HARMAN team, ZoukOut 2017 was a great success.”

The VTX system deployed by Digital Aid included two main LR arrays of 16 VTX A12 loudspeakers and 12 VTX G28 subs on the ground across the front of the stage, with three VTX V20 loudspeakers for front fills. Digital Aid also supplied two VTX F35 loudspeakers and four VTX S25 subs to provide high-quality monitoring for the DJs onstage. Digital Aid used JBL Line Array Calculator 3.0 and Performance Manager software to configure, optimise and monitor the entire system.

“With ZoukOut 2017 being held on the beach, we had to compensate for high humidity and varying temperatures when designing the system,” continued Henry. “JBL Line Array Calculator and Performance Manager software helped us overcome those challenges, ensuring that the system was optimised to provide full coverage despite the changing conditions. This was also the first year the festival added a second stage, increasing the chance of distractions from competing sound systems. We compensated by pointing the main A12 arrays inward to ensure focused, high-impact sound without disruptions from the Moon stage.”

“We are honoured to be associated with the iconic ZoukOut festival,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “The VTX A12 Series was engineered from the ground up to provide best-in-class performance, reliability and ease of use. We are grateful to partner with Digital Aid in facilitating successful performances on the Star Stage at ZoukOut 2017.”