The 48-channel passive split system with patchable 12-channel sat input is designed to be versatile and enable quick changeover in time pressured festival and other live environments.
The system came about following discussion between Justlite and Blueroom: “From a production point of view, we’ve been looking to build a line system for large-scale scenarios – a multipurpose line system for large-scale festivals and large-scale touring – for some time,” said Blueroom Audio’s Andy Keane, who worked on the design of the system. “The system is designed for quick changeover, quick strip down and rebuild time, which is hugely advantageous during a fast-changeover festival scenario.
“As soon as we came up with the design, the first person we went to was VDC because their reputation is so good. In addition, although the initial application was for large-scale festival and touring with the ability for multi-console events, we also wanted to be able to expand on it, so we could go back to VDC or, as VDC is so prevalent in the audio world, we could go to a third-party rental company and hire some VDC kit that would then marry in with what we have. This is hugely advantageous to us.
“The fact that it’s a modular design allows us to incorporate it into existing stage boxes too – it’s basically a Swiss Army Knife system.
Although Keane knows the VDC brand well, this is the first time he has worked with the company directly in relation to a design, and the experience was a positive one.
“The team were great to work with. Adam Jafrabadi [Export and Technical Consultant] came back with some concerns and highlighted a couple of facts where I thought I was doing the right thing but actually he made a lot more sense so we made a couple of changes in relation to that,” Keane explained. “Once the design was set out and agreed upon, that’s exactly what was delivered; and it was delivered on time. It’s a sturdy, well-built product.”
The system has already proved itself after being used on bands including Morcheeba, Air and Toots and the Maytals at The BeatYard, a Dublin City Festival. “Because of the nature of that festival, with high-end pro bands with very, very high channel counts and very quick changeovers, the system shone and we proved that the design was accurate. We also achieved what we set out to achieve because of the short changeover times,” Keane added.
“Under all these scenarios you’re under vast pressure with changeovers – we’ve had 25-minute changeovers and that’s where this system shines because it is so quick. You can have your safe boxes marked up for your oncoming band and it’s just a matter of changing up your looms and doing a quick repatch.”
The system has a busy few months ahead – it is set to be used on the Belfast Tattoo later this month and may make an outing at a major dance event that would truly stretch it to its limits.
And Keane concluded: “We’re not finished with VDC. We’re planning on expanding the system already as we need to up our stage box count.”