Despite the bad weather, a crowd of 20,000 gathered in the front of the LED screens to follow the mass celebrated by the Pope in Mariazell.Mariazell, Austria (December 6, 2007)–Pope Benedikt XVI draws a crowd wherever he goes; case in point, the 30,000 people who attended a mass he celebrated in Austria this fall. BMS Production Group, responsible for the production, commissioned Thomas Millmann’s MTR Productions to provide much of the sound reinforcement using systems from Electro-Voice, allowing everyone viewing the event on-site on giant LED screens to follow every word of the Pope’s Sermon on the Mount.
The mass from the basilica in Mariazell was transmitted live to a nearby sports ground where two LED screens had been erected, with the sound supplied by an Electro-Voice XLC 127+ line array (3 hangs of 8) as well as eight Xi1152 enclosures. The PA system was driven by EV P3000 and P2000 amps and controlled via six EV Dx38 units.
Even with state-of-the-art sound reinforcement equipment, however, the bar was set pretty high as System Technician Ing. Thomas Hasenhauer explains: “The biggest challenge came when the organizers requested lip synchronicity between the sound heard by the congregation and the LED screens. By distributing the eight Xi1152 loudspeakers at regular intervals in front of the smaller LED screen, we were able, of course, to cover the entire congregation without recourse to delays, thereby solving the problem. Applying the same principle, we then moved the XLC line arrays in front of the larger of the two LED screens forward slightly–again, obviating the need for delays–to bring us a few meters closer to lip-synchronicity.”
As well as the mass itself, there was a procession through the streets of Mariazell-this year celebrating its 850th anniversary as a shrine-with singing, instrumental interludes and prayers. To provide coverage along the route, MTR Productions erected four sound reinforcement towers-each hung with two QRx112/75 loudspeakers and an Xi1082 system.
Bosch Communications Systems