Audio sensation at Africa’s largest concert

Audio sensation at Africa’s largest concert
February 24
10:36 2016

Over 500,000 people attend The Experience, a mega concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Experience is an interdenominational gospel concert and word-based gathering organised in Nigeria by The House On The Rock, a vibrant, multi-ethnic church. Cytech World Communication was called in for the third consecutive year to handle sound production for the huge event that featured 11 hours of non-stop prayer and live music.

The main FOH Outline audio system was comprised of 30 GTO C-12 line arrays, two GTO-DF down-fills, 16 DBS 18-2 subwoofers and four LAB 21 HS infra-low subwoofers. Coverage for the audience near the sides of the stage used 20 Butterfly line array. Six Outline 2-way DVS 12 point source cabinets provided front-fill facilities, and 24 Butterfly and eight 218 Subs were deployed as delay units. Outline T-Series amplifiers powered the entire sound system.

With a limited time frame at its disposal at the venue, the audio team used Outline’s Openarray-3D acoustical prediction software to guide the installation of the sound system, which had the task of covering all of Tafawa-Balewa Square – 280×200 meters – bounded by tiered seating 20 metres high and 30 deep running the full length of its long sides.

The Experience’s system engineer was Italian live audio veteran Carlo Gennaro, who explained: “Due to the vast area and the size of the crowd, achieving the best possible results in terms of coverage was fundamental to ensure everyone enjoyed and participated in the show, no matter where they watched it from – even for those in the bleachers. The Outline rig’s long throw, precise coverage and overall clarity overcame this challenge with ease and precision. At FOH, forty metres from the main system we had 110dB of undistorted SPL.”

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