Andrea Bocelli relies on Outline for UK arena shows

Classical music superstar Andrea Bocelli performed two sold-out UK shows in Leeds and Glasgow recently, where he was backed by an Outline GTO set-up.

FOH engineer Andrea Taglia also used GTO for Bocelli’s 2013 US tour. Both UK shows – at the First Direct Arena (Leeds) and SSE Hydro (Glasgow) featured a GTO-based loudspeaker system specified by Taglia and facilitated by Britannia Row Productions, with Outline’s UK distributor CUK Audio providing operational support.

A total of 45 GTO enclosures were flown as three hangs of 15 each in variants of Taglia’s preferred mono L-C-R configuration. Each hang had four Mantas enclosures as downfills, while 24 Outline SubTech subwoofers provided the low end, 12 LIPF 082 dedicated compact stage lip-fill enclosures handled the nearfield and small arrays of Outline Butterfly were set up as sidefills. The whole system was powered by Outline T-Series amplifiers and controlled by several Lake LM-26 units.

"Working with Outline GTO, GTO-DF, GTO-SUB, Mantas, DVS 12 and Lipfill 082 products on the Bocelli US tour has been a great success – it is a light and compact system which is very easy to handle and store on trucks and also speeds up load ins / outs." Taglia said. "Using FIR filters extensively throughout the processing greatly improves its natural response, which is the best starting point for a classical music concert where we mainly use the best microphones with only hi-pass filters and a little reverb.

"Venues are always arenas in the US but I am used to preparing an accurate sound design for each using Outline’s ‘Open Array’ software – it is a very quick, reliable and detailed prediction tool, so every sound design is tailored to every venue. I always use mono systems designed around venue geometry so it was a L-C-R / LL / RR system for Glasgow and a L-C-R for Leeds due to the different shapes of the rooms. A mono system built around a ‘star’ concept allows me to align it exactly to the stage centre that I use as zero reference to provide a sound image that keeps the attention over performers on stage and not over the loudspeakers."

He added: "PA systems should not be made for a specific music style but to provide the best possible diffusion. A large system such as GTO allows for better low frequency control, a major plus when using a large number of condenser microphones on stage as we do for Bocelli, as well as providing the long throw that in indoor venues allows us to use fewer delays, thus reducing set-up time and providing a much better sound image.

"A linear system such as GTO with great overall coherence, which provides real low frequency control and delivers very even coverage over distance really helps the mixing engineer concentrate on the mix itself, rather than the technology – and that’s what the people come to hear!"

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