Basel House and Bushwick Collective Block Party design and setup was managed by LPS Production & KOR Media with the help of VUE Audiotechnik VP Americas, Jeff Taylor

Celebrating big-name graffiti artists from New York City, Miami and cities across the entire globe, the Basel House and Bushwick Collective Block Party is an annual four-day arts and entertainment fair. At the latest block party — which ran during Miami Art Week at the Mana Urban Arts Museum in Miami, former site of the historic RC Cola Plant — street artists created live paintings on canvas, brick walls and cars, while music was provided by live bands and DJs. VUE Audiotechnik loudspeakers were specified to provide sound reinforcement for the event’s performances. LPS Production working in conjunction with Kor Media and Lighting provided the full production setup, from staging to audio and video.

The main stereo PA consisted of seven al-8 High Output Line Array Systems, supplemented with a downfill consisting of four al-4 Subcompact Line Array Systems per side. Four additional al-4s were used in stacks of two for front-fill, while seven VUE hs-28 Dual 18 Inch ACM Subwoofer Systems provided the bottom end. Four hs-28s were configured in an end-fire, cardioid configuration on each side of the stage, with three boxes ground-stacked front and center.

“The VUE system was able to cover the long throw required – a large area that was 200-plus feet deep,” says Corey Silverman, principle, Kor Media and Lighting. “The sound engineers were very enthusiastic about the sound.”

Basel House 2015 featured free live concerts each night, highlights of which included the opening show from Miami’s own Problem Kid and a closing night concert from Fat Joe. The roster of guest DJs comprised DJ Khaled, DJ Maseo, DJ Klassik and DJ Heron.


Art Basel stage in action

“One of the many reasons VUE was chosen was because the event was an outdoor, multiday show,” explains Silverman. “LPS Production owns a powered system, but it would have been a challenge to protect it from the elements. Since the four V6 and one V4 VUE System Engines are made for rack-mount amplification/DSP, we were able to protect them from the rain.”

Two VUE h-12W High Definition Full Range Systems served as delay fills, delivering sound from the PA to a bar area that was set up in the middle of a hospitality tent. Featuring a powered, bi-amped design, the h-12’s onboard amplification generates 830 watts for the LF driver and 275 watts for the HF driver. Two versions of the h-12 are available: the h-12w produces a wide coverage pattern of 100×50 degrees while the h-12N produces a narrow 60×40 degree dispersion pattern.

The 2015 Basel House Event was the largest to date, showcasing not only live music and DJs, but also breakdance performances, arts and crafts vendors, and 50 of Miami’s best food trucks. “The VUE system performed flawlessly during the Basel House event,” Silverman continues. “The sound coverage did not have any drop-off throughout the entire event space and the VUE system provided a very hi-fi style sound quality.”

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