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Norwegian Academy of Music Showcases the next generation of musical talent powered by JBL Profession

To provide students of the Norwegian Academy of Music with a top‐notch education and music‐listening experience, LydRommet recently upgraded the existing JBL sound reinforcement system in the school’s Linderman Hall with next‐generation JBL VTX A8 line array speakers.

In keeping with the Academy’s dedication to supporting students’ musical growth with the latest technology, NMH turned to Norway‐ based HARMAN distributor LydRommet to upgrade Lindeman Hall’s existing sound system. To deliver wide and balanced coverage for a diverse range of concerts and genres, LydRommet installed a modern JBL VTX live sound reinforcement solution consisting of VTX A8 line array speakers.

“NMH is the top music university in Norway, and they strive to offer the best in terms of education and equipment alike,” said Jan‐Stefan Hansen, Director of Pro Audio Sales, LydRommet. “To complement the beautiful acoustic design of Lindeman Hall, we implemented JBL VTX A8 speakers. The coverage of the VTX A8 speakers is perfect for the size of the hall, and its flat frequency response sounds very natural, yielding versatility for different music styles.”

In 2014, LydRommet outfitted Lindeman Hall with a JBL sound system consisting of 16 JBL VT4886 line arrays and four VT4883 subwoofers for the main left‐ right hang, four VT4886 speakers for a center cluster and four F18 subwoofers, powered by nine Crown ITech 4x3500 amplifiers. In the summer of 2022, LydRommet replaced the VerTec Series line arrays with 25 VTX A8 line array speakers, suspended ten per side and five in the center cluster. The team also added two more F18 subwoofers to a total of six. To promote sustainability practices, LydRommet elected to integrate the VTX A8 speakers into Lindeman Hall’s existing infrastructure of ITech Series amps and F18 subs.

"An important element of the procurement has been to follow up NMH's environmental profile in practice,” said Stig Gunnar Ringen, Technical Manager, NMH. “LydRommet’s JBL VTX solution utilizes pre‐existing amplifiers and infrastructure—completely in line with the sustainability goals of the Norwegian Academy of Music. We thank LydRommet for a solution‐ oriented process with sustainability in focus."

JBL VTX A8 is a next‐generation line array element that delivers sonic consistency and best‐in‐class performance in a compact solution, making it ideal for mid‐sized venues like NMH’s Lindeman Hall. LydRommet used a combination of Crown’s built‐in JBL speaker presets, JBL Line Array Calculator and Performance Manager software to tune the new VTX A8 speakers to deliver wide and balanced coverage for every seat in the house.

“The Crown ITech amps have speaker presets for all JBL speakers, including the A8,” said Hansen. “I used JBL Line Array Calculator and Performance Manager software to fine‐tune the system. It’s very accurate and precise. When I measured the system in‐action, it was incredible how close it was to the software predictions. The rigging system is also really good, making it easy and fast to stack and deploy the arrays—it’s a brilliant system.”


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