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Cranjis McBasketball World Tour

For over two years, Creative Audio has been providing sound, lighting, and video support for The Impractical Jokers. As the shows grew from simple racks and stacks rentals and theater shows into 20,000 seat arenas, we were there with them to help wherever we could. The Cranjis McBasketball tour has been the latest large scale tour featuring large video walls, large speaker hangs, and pre-rigged lighting trusses along with many special effects to give the audience a wow factor they’ll remember. Creative Audio provided two semi-trucks full of equipment, and a crew of 7 technicians, for the most recent run of shows in 2019.

Since the show is very video intensive, it provided the perfect opportunity to put our latest 5mm video panels from Martin through their paces. Our video department put together a huge 32 x 18 foot video wall consisting of 200 Face 5 HB panels, running on dual Martin P3-300 controllers. We also provided 2 large IMAG screens on stage left and right. The large center screen was setup for video playback from stage, with video content controlled through laptops by the artists. This enabled the Jokers to run their show on the fly, and gave them the freedom of performing completely ad-libbed material whenever desired. The IMAG screens were run with a three camera shoot. One FOH camera with a 50x box lense and a fiber backbone provided the primary shot, and two cameras on stage left and right wings were provided for supplemental and audience reactions.

Our audio department had a bit of a different case on their hands however. With venues of various sizes, heights, and audience capacities, it was important to provide a line array box that could produce enough SPL and be flexible enough to scale to the venue of the day. The JBL V20 speaker was the best fit after all was considered and over 50 boxes was provided and used for main LR and out-fill speaker hangs. Our audio engineers ran room dimensions daily and modeled the acoustics with the JBL performance manager software to ensure every seat had the best audio coverage possible. Shure ULX-D microphones and a Midas Pro2 console offered the best fidelity reinforcement available. After hundreds of thousands of happy fans laughed until they cried, the JBL V20 proved itself again as one of Creative Audio’s workhorse speakers.

More to come soon!