Outline caters to over 500,000 worshippers with GTO C12
NIGERIA: The Experience, an interdenominational annual gospel concert went live again on 6th December 2013 with a sound system powered by Outline GTO C-12. The concert was organised by The House on the Rock Church, and with an audience of over 500,000 worshippers and a colossal 11 hours of non-stop player and live music, Nigerian-based Cytech World Communication were handed the unenviable task of providing intelligible sound production for the event.
Cytech, which is also the local Outline distributor, purchased a GTO C-12 line array system along with DBS-18-2 subwoofers and T-Series amplifiers from the Italian loudspeaker manufacturer in November, and it was put to use for the event.
‘For many years I’ve owned a number of Outline Butterfly systems, which are constantly out on rental, but it’s thanks to the new GTO C-12 that my company got “The Experience” aboard,’ explained Cyril Utomoibor, owner and managing director or Cytech. ‘The C-12 is a beautifully engineered product. What I appreciated most during the concert was the apparently effortless way in which really high-quality sound was delivered over long distances, with unbelievable consistency. My client, pastor Paul Adefarasin, was in fact amazed and extremely happy, and I’m looking forward to the next great show.’
The FOH audio system comprised thirty GTO C-12’s plus two under hung GTO-DF down-fill modules, while 16 DBS 18-2 and four LAB 21 HS subwoofers were called on to provide low and infra-low frequency reinforcement. Twenty Butterfly elements were deployed to provide the necessary coverage width for the audience near the sides of the stage with six Outline two-way DVS 12 providing front-fill coverage and 24 Butterfly and eight Subtech 218 deployed as delay units. Outline T-Series amplifiers supplied power for the whole system.
Outline’s Openarray-3D acoustical prediction software was used to guide the installation of the whole sound system, which had the job of covering almost all of Tafawa-Balewa Square: an area 200m by 280m, and bounded by tiered seating 20m high and 30m deep running the full length of its long sides.
‘The challenge, particularly in such a vast area, was to manage to reach the crowd in the bleachers with sufficient sound pressure,’ commented Carlo Gennaro, the event’s sound system engineer. ‘We easily overcame this challenge. In terms of precision, this new array has the merit of “behaving” like the Butterfly, which I’ve used for 10 years, but with headroom and throw capacities close to those of the GTO. Having said this, I don’t think anything else needs to be added.’
The concert took place at Tafawa-Balewa Square in Lagos with the theme ‘Heaven and Earth’. Convened and hosted by pastor Paul Adefarasin, the event featured some of today’s best-known worship music talents, such as Sammie Okposo, Freke Umoh, Frank Edwards, Eben, Donnie McClurkin, Glowreeyah Braimah, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, Don Moen and Midnight Crew, among others.