Lourdes, France (November 22, 2004)–More than 300,000 people recently attended the week-long ceremonies in Lourdes, France, which culminated in a keynote speech by Pope John Paul II, concerts given by choirs and orchestras, and a celebratory mass. Even On, the French PA company chosen by the event’s organizers to provide the sound reinforcement system, supplied Nexo Geo S tangent array speakers, setting them along the route taken by the Pope as well as on the central stage.
A total of eight towers–a half-dozen for the delays and two for the main stage–were set up on location, carrying a total of 74 Geo S805 and eight Geo S830, powered by 16 Camco Vortex 6 power amplifiers. The whole system was managed by Nexo NX241 controllers and controlled through a Soundcraft MH4 48-channel mixing console linked to a Yamaha DM2000 digital production console.
Since the event was broadcast on live television, an active splitter box was used for the connection to France Television’s digital broadcasting unit directly from the front of house console. Even On also supplied nine outdoor LED displays and all the lighting.