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On a night full of surprises, JBL Professional loudspeakers
were once again called upon at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards to ensure predictable,
high-quality live sound and audio for television broadcast. Held at the STAPLES
Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13, the GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live
in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. As it has for the past
several years, ATK Audiotek of Valencia, California provided JBL VERTEC® line arrays
for live sound reinforcement, while JBL LSR studio monitors were used in the
critical listening room for the telecast.

The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by
The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and
performance of recorded music. This year’s awards were marked by a variety of
elaborate stage productions bringing together some of the biggest names in music
today, including Lady Gaga, Eminem, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum, Cee-Lo
Green and Katy Perry. Lady Gaga and Eminem both earned multiple GRAMMY Awards, while
Arcade Fire won Album Of The Year for The Suburbs.

During the telecast, JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors were used to monitor the
broadcast in the critical listening room. Since the critical listening room was set
up in a provisional space at the STAPLES Center, engineers took advantage of the
LSR6300 Series’ on-board RMC Room Mode Correction system to compensate for acoustic
anomalies of the room. “We used a 5.1 JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitor system to
carefully listen to details in the mix, as we have for the past several years,” said
Michael Abbott, Audio Director for the GRAMMY Awards. “Once again, the LSR monitors
performed extremely well and helped us accurately hear the subtleties of the show.”

For live sound reinforcement, ATK Audiotek deployed 70 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize
line array elements in multiple overhead arrays, supplemented with JBL VRX932LA
compact constant-curvature loudspeakers. “With such a variety of performers on stage
during the Awards, and with such elaborate productions, providing live sound for the
GRAMMY Awards poses its own unique set of challenges,” said Scott Harmala, CTO/VP
Engineering, ATK Audiotek. “We have enjoyed tremendous success with the VERTEC line
arrays for the GRAMMY Awards in the past and this year was no different. They
provided powerful and accurate sound throughout the arena.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com


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