Brazil (December 15)—Getting put to the test immediately, audio provider Gabisom Audio Equipment put its brand-new Martin Audio MLA rig to work on one of the highest-profile music events in South America this year: The 30th anniversary of Rock In Rio. Acts like Korn, John Legend, Magic, Deftones, Steve Vai and Al Jarreau helped break in the new system on the Palco Sunset stage.
While the company purchased 46 MLA elements, two MLD Downfill cabinets and two-dozen MLX subs overall, for the festival, it fielded 16 MLA enclosures with one MLD per side, along with 32 MLX subwoofers ground-stacked, to cover 10,000 people without delay systems.
On hand to support the system was Martin Audio director of Sales, Simon Bull, who said, “As the event took place over two weekends, this worked perfectly,” stated Bull. “We were able to help oversee the set up for the first weekend, including the opening press event, carry out the training early the following week, and then hand it over to Gabisom for the second weekend.”
The FOH set-up was overseen by Pedro Cluny from Gabisom Portugal, who also doubled as system tech. Gabisom has been in charge of the sound at Rock in Rio since 2001 including all 14 international editions.