The Visarno Arena, located in Florence’s Cascine Park, hosted the Firenze Rocks and Firenze Summer Festival, with the latter featuring a crisp Jamiroquai performance, thanks to an Outline Professional Audio GTO PA system.
A year after its successful deployment at a similarly memorable Florence concert by Sting, Outline’s GTO systems was again main stage.
Outline product specialist Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Perreux delivered hands-on technical support to Outline partners internationally and so was on-site throughout, putting his in-depth experience at the disposal of the sound crew. He explained: “The PA was designed by Outline and Tuscan rental firm Emporio On Stage, based on the predictions of Outline’s Open Array 3D software.”
Angelo Catoni, owner of Emporio On Stage, commented: “I’d worked with Jamiroquai FOH engineer Rick Pope in the past, so knew what he’d want for the band as far as the PA was concerned and in fact our design met with all-round satisfaction right from the paperwork stage. The enclosures respond really well as far as directivity is concerned, ensuring coverage exactly where they are pointed, so we were able to limit the majority of the sound to the audience area.”
The set-up comprised a 12 deep GTO hang per side as the main L&R system, each with 2 underslung GTO-DF down-fill enclosures plus 6 LIPF-082 front fill enclosures covered the first rows of the crowd, plus 2 twelve-element Mantas 28 hangs covering the stand seating to the sides.
Jamiroquai’s style of music relies on powerful, extended low-frequency reproduction and Emporio On Stage deployed 20 Outline DBS 18-2 subs plus 8 LAB 21 infra-sub units.
Outline’s FOH Rick Pope worked with the band for over the course of 20 years but was on his first outing with a GTO rig. In spite of local SPL limits within which Emporio On Stage were obliged to work, Rick concluded: “It was the first time I’d used this system and I was really pleased with it – it perfectly met the requests I made.”