Sound Image Adds VUE al-4 Line Array and h-Class ACM Subwoofers


Four compact VUE al-4 array clusters and dual VUE hs-25 subwoofers at Temecula’s Thorton Winery

Sound Image, premier audio provider for acts such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Brian Setzer, Jimmy Buffett, Boz Scaggs, and John Legend, have recently upgraded their inventory with the addition of a VUE Audiotechnik al-4 Subcompact Line Array System and hs-25 ACM subwoofers.

Sound Image is commissioning their new VUE systems at the Thornton Winery Champaigne Jazz Series in Temecula, California. Now it its 26th year, the 2014 Thornton lineup includes performances by George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau, to name just a few.

Leading the production efforts for the winery, Sound Image’s Director of Corporate and Regional Events, Rick Stanley, configured four separate al-4 arrays consisting of four elements each. Two VUE V4 Systems Engines deliver all power and processing for the al-4 arrays, while a pair of VUE h-Class ACM subwoofers provide low frequency support.

“This is an extremely wide venue with two adjacent listening zones at the far left and right of the primary listening area,” explained Stanley. “In addition, the venue faces very strict noise abatement restrictions.”


Sound Image’s Rick Stanley with the VUE Audiotechnik line array and subwoofer

Stanley continued, “The VUE al-4 is really perfect for intimate settings like this. It’s easily scalable, offers really precise horizontal and vertical coverage control, and delivers spectacular sound quality—especially at the high end.”

Stanley is equally pleased with the h-Class subs. “I’ve worked with many subwoofers that deliver great impact, but simply aren’t very musical. The VUE subs do both. I can lean into them and get massive amounts of bass, but they absolutely never lose their musicality. They even sound great at low volume.”

Having earned their place as permanent members of the Sound Image audio arsenal, Stanley is more optimistic than ever about the al-4’s ability to open a whole new world of line array applications.

“The al-4 is so versatile and sonically accurate that I see it working well for everything from small one-man operations to street festivals and corporate events,” concluded Stanley. “Overall I’m pretty confident that VUE products, particularly the line arrays, will play an increasingly bigger role in our business.”