Funktion-One Vero sees Mexican debut at Corona Sunsets

Corona Sunsets – a daylong programme of electronic dance music – returned to Tulum on 17 June for the first Mexican outing of Vero, Funktion-One’s vertically arrayable loudspeaker system.

Sound for the event was supplied and managed by Loto Audio, Funktion-One’s distributor for Mexico while Funktion-One founder, John Newsham, flew out to help with set-up for the festival and to provide Vero training for the Loto Audio team.

Loto Audio also placed an order for its own Vero system, which will be delivered this month. For Corona Sunsets, the Vero system was shipped from the US.

The event organiser was keen to keep the visual impact of the system to a minimum, which led to a stipulation that it should be stacked rather than flown, which offered the sound crew a challenge.

Newsham worked with Ramon Salazar, Joe Sandoval and the rest of the Loto Audio team to find a solution: “The critical factor was to get the ground stack platforms at just the right height” he said. “If you go too high, you can’t get coverage in the nearfield. Too low and the nearfield is loud but the far field suffers. There’s also a limit to how many boxes you can safely stack. We built the system using our Projection software to optimise the heights and angles and once the platforms were re-arranged to the right height it worked out very well.”

The system comprised two elevated stacks of two Vero V60, 60-degree, mid-high speakers on top of two Vero V90, 90-degree, mid-high speakers. Three Vero V315 mid-bass speakers were stacked on a dolly below and alongside the main stacks with six V221 bass enclosures per side on the ground between the mid-high stacks. Power for the system came from the recommended and supplied Lab.gruppen PLM20K44 amplifiers.

Loto Audio also provided two Resolution 4 loudspeakers and two BR221 bass reflex speakers for the far end of the VIP bar area. Sets from Don Diablo, Thomas Jack, Tensnake, Goldroom, Tom & Collins, and RAC kept the 5,000 attendees moving well into the evening.