Bogota, Columbia (May 19, 2014)—Teen pop stalwarts One Direction recently kicked off its world tour in Bogota, Columbia’s Estadio el Campin, reaching the 60,000-plus fans in attendance with the help of Columbian sound company, C. Vilar LTDA, and a sizable Adamson Systems line array rig.
C. Vilar LTDA company owners Mauricio and Cesar Vilar designed a system that featured Energia line arrays along with an assortment of other Adamson loudspeakers in support roles. “The Energia system is extremely powerful,” said Mauricio Vilar. “The fact that it is loaded with two 15-inch woofers makes it ideal for a venue the size of Estadio el Campin. Other line arrays would need a flown subwoofer to provide low frequency energy. Energia didn’t need that at all.”
The left-right line arrays each consisted of 18 E15 and 4 E12 enclosures. The arrays were flown at 16 meters with the goal to cover as much of the stadium as possible. Additional low end was provided by 24 T21 subwoofers, ground stacked 3×4 under each array.
“We worked with Brian Fraser, applications engineer at Adamson, to help create a 3D design of the system using the new Blueprint AV software,” said Mauricio Vilar. Front fill was covered by 8 pairs of SpekTrix enclosures positioned at stage level on speaker cases across the width of the performance area. In order to avoid having monitors on stage, five Adamson M15 monitors were stacked on top of the SpekTrix pairs located directly in front of the stage. Outhangs consisted of 2 Y18 line arrays comprised of 12 enclosures each hung at the outer edges of the stage.
Unlike previous concerts C. Vilar had provided sound for at Estadio el Campin—including Paul McCartney and Justin Beiber—the client wanted the delay towers – each equipped with Y10 line arrays of 10 enclosures — placed behind FOH, not further back in the field as they normally would be. With FOH approximately 74 meters away from the PA, Vilar was initially a bit concerned about the design providing seamless coverage.
“Fortunately, after some very good system tuning, we achieved great results from that location,” he adds. “The client was extremely happy with the sound quality and that we could accommodate their request.
Adamson Systems Engineering