VerTec Line Arrays Provide Championship Sound at Super Bowl 50

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ATK Audiotek provided sound reinforcement for Super Bowl 50, which took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, using its custom-designed, cart-based audio system, equipped with Harman’s JBL VerTec line array loudspeakers.

The system was used for the pregame performances, as well as the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the most-watched musical event of the year, headlined by Coldplay with special guest performances by Beyoncé, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

The audience for Super Bowl 50 consisted of a live stadium audience of approximately 68,500 plus 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. The event was telecast on CBS and also streamed online, with an average of 111.9 million viewers, making this year the third-most-watched programme in American television history.

To ensure that the audio system was on par with the event’s requirements and expectations, ATK provided 18 carts, each loaded with four to five VerTec 4889 large-format line array loudspeakers, 84 in total, and two VerTec 4880A dual 18-inch subwoofers, totalling 36.

“The design of the systems was finalised months ago,” said Mikael Stewart, VP of Special Events, ATK Audiotek. “We only have a very short window when we can actually get inside the stadium and have the audio systems set up and tuned and ready for sound check. Patrick Baltzell, who is the FOH Engineer for the Halftime Show, is very experienced with these systems, having mixed 18 of the last 19 Super Bowls, which helps ensure we can accomplish all that we need to in the given time.”

Fortunately, there were no challenges resulting from inclement weather that could have complicated the preparations for the big game.

“With high-profile live events, you have to be certain that the equipment you use is going to perform exactly as planned,” said Stewart. “There is no room for error. That’s why we rely on JBL loudspeakers; they provide the consistent premium sound quality that these events demand.”

Martin by Harman’s Atomic 3000 LED strobes were also used to light up the Halftime Show.