Parnelli Awards Nominations & FOH Production Profile: Janet Jackson

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At VUE it’s really not in our nature to brag. After all, our industry is already saturated with acronym-infused marketing babble from a litany of well-aged, “we’ve always done it this way” loudspeaker companies. We prefer to shine the light on our talented users. In our minds, that’s the best marketing of all.

So, you can imagine our excitement when we learned that our al-12 Acoustic Linearity line array system, along with three of VUE’s best and brightest, have all received nominations for the 2019 Parnelli Awards. We’d like to take this opportunity to offer a huge congratulations and best wishes to our friends at Sound Image and FOH engineer Kyle Hamilton for the work on the Janet Jackson SWOT Tour, as well as Chris Lee for his work on the Kendrick Lamar tour.

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Sound Image Supplies VUE al-12 / hs-221 System for “State of the World Tour”

Speaking of Kyle Hamilton. Be sure to pick up the latest issue of FOH, where Kyle shared his experience mixing on the VUE al-12 and hs-221 subwoofers for Janet Jackson’s “State of the World” tour.

This was Kyle’s second outing with the al-12, having recently circled the globe with VUE’s flagship array for the Kendrick Lamar DAMN! tour. As one of the most prolific engineers working today, Kyle Hamilton’s long roster is undeniably stellar, with names such as Prince, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, The Isley Brothers and many more. So, when Kyle Hamilton says something sounds good, it’s probably worth paying attention.

Pick up the October issue of FOH Magazine to read the whole story in its “perfect for a restroom break” paperback glory. Or, virtually grab the digital version if you prefer your magazine experience served up smartphone style (

In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite parts.

“I love the VUE Audiotechnik al-12 rig hands-down, and it’s gotten great reviews,” Hamilton explains,”

“Most of the cabinets out there are really solid, but the VUE seems to gives a cleaner palette to paint your picture, with a boldness and depth I haven’t heard in other P.A.’s,”

“I look at the whole VUE rig as like watch- ing something in 4K, where everything else is in 1080p high-def — but that 4K has that something extra that separates it from the competition.”

“We’re using 24 hs-21’s — 12 per side — and they are not to be played with! They’re a very musical sub, the impact is instant and they go way down into standing waves. ”

— Kyle Hamilton, FOH



Flip through the gallery below for behind the scenes look at Janet Jackson’s State of the World, including the talented crew that made it happen.