Prolight + Sound: Funktion-One launching Vero system

Funktion-One will officially introduce its new large format touring sound system, Vero, along with a number of other new products at this year’s Prolight + Sound.

Tony Andrews, John Newsham and the rest of the British loudspeaker manufacturer’s team believe they have designed a system that is ‘conveniently arrayable and boasts a new level of performance characteristics relating to sound quality, efficiency and directivity’, following a total of six years in development.

The system includes speakers, amplifiers, cabling, rigging, transport dollies, weatherproof covers and software.

The Vero range features six ‘highly efficient, low distortion’ horn-loaded loudspeakers: the V60 mid-high, V90 mid-high and V315 mid-bass with a choice of V221, V124 or V132 bass. The V60s, V90s and V315s all have identical dimensions, enabling them to be flown in the same vertical array. The ground-stacked V221, V124 or V132 bass enclosures offer a choice of size and low frequency extension.

Vero is powered by three Lab.gruppen PLM 20K44 amplifiers – featuring onboard processing and a connection to the Dante network for signal distribution – which are fully shock mounted in a compact rack, complete with sliding doors that stow in the roof of the rack. The system’s projection design provides venue plan, cross-section and 3D screens, allowing users to optimise array designs for smooth audience coverage.

Tony Andrews commented: “Talking from the perspective I have right now, just before we launch, I believe Vero will turn out to be one of the most important developments to come out of almost five decades working in audio. We’re very much looking forward to introducing Vero to the world and seeing what it is truly capable of in the live environment.”

The company will also debut the Evo 7T Touring loudspeaker and F132 bass enclosure at the show.

The Evo 7T sees the Evo 7E adapted for touring applications – following demand from distributors and rental partners – and features integral flying gear and a weatherproof black polyurethane coating and grille designed for the requirements of live and theatre applications. A grille-less version and colour options will be available in the future.

The Evo 7T is fully horn-loaded with 15in mid-bass, 10in Funktion-One signature mid-range and a 1.4in compression driver. It has 40° nominal horizontal dispersion and physically arrays at 30° three wide, giving smooth coverage to 100°.

Finally, the F132 horn-loaded bass enclosure features Powersoft’s M-Force 10kW linear transducer and Funktion-One’s specially designed cone and enclosure technology. Its single 32in driver gives a frequency response of 24Hz to 70Hz.

“The trick was to apply the power of the motor to the air in the most efficient way possible. I knew it was something we had to work with,” said Andrews. “We wanted to maximise the transducer’s potential, so we developed our own loading technique and cone using aerospace technology.”

Funktion-One will exhibit in Hall 3.1 Stand E81 at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, 5-8 April 2016.