K-Array’s Firenze proves a hit for NY CityFest
WORLD: Marking one of the largest religious events to take place in New York in over a decade, approximately 80,000 people descended on the Great Lawn in Central Park for NY CityFest, a region-wide initiative aimed at promoting the word of Jesus Christ through regional gatherings and outreaches. Also broadcast globally via radio, television and the internet, the requirement to provide clear and quality sound fell to production company L&M Sound & Light, who opted to deploy a Firenze main system from Italian manufacturer, K-Array.
According to the production company, its choice of a K-Array system initially raised some eyebrows, as the event planners and engineers had not experienced the system before.
‘I was sceptical since I had never seen a system set up like that before and, on such a large platform with a global audience, we had little room for error,’ explained Ryan Lampa, sound engineer for Toby Mac, who performed at the concert. ‘But I was extremely pleased with the power, coverage and accuracy right out of the box. I was inspired by the clarity of the PA and found myself making the tiniest changes to the mix, and enjoyed hearing those tiny changes.’
L&M deployed a main PA with two line delays to cover the roughly 4,000 sq-m site. Main L/R hangs consisting of 12 KH8 line array elements per side were joined by a total of 16 KS8 subwoofers. Two KH3 speakers combined with two KS5 subwoofers were used for stage side fills on either side of the performers. The original design called for four KH2 speakers for front fill coverage, however, the 120-degree horizontal coverage of the KH8s meant that they weren’t required.
Several delay towers were erected to extend coverage throughout the site. Delay towers one and two were each equipped with five of the manufacturer’s KH7 enclosures connected end-to-end and hung vertically – reportedly forming the longest array of KH7s amassed to date. They were paired with three KS5 subwoofers for low-end support. The final set of towers consisted of four KH4 loudspeakers with eight KS4 subwoofers each.
Mid-way through the concert, the system’s effectiveness was put to the test when organiser Luis Palau took to stage and asked: ‘Can you hear me way out there where I can’t see you?’
His question was reportedly met with a roar of affirmation from the crowd, who could ‘barely make out his silhouette on the stage, yet could hear him clearly’.
‘There are some PAs that you know you are going to have a good show with the moment you start to tune, and this was one of those boxes,’ concluded Mr Lampa.