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Sting in full flight with Outline

The Symphonicity Tour features string-laden renditions of classic tracks from the former Police frontman’s solo career. A recent show in Brescia's Piazza della Loggia featured an entirely flown Outline system.

The Symphonicity Tour features string-laden renditions of classic hits and album tracks from the former Police frontman’s long solo career.

Accompanied by the Ensemble Symphony Orchestra and long-term collaborators including guitarist Dominic Miller, Sting has already taken the Symphonicity Tour worldwide.

For a recent show in Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia, an entirely flown Outline loudspeaker system featured twelve Butterfly, nine Mantas and four Subtech cabinets per side. The system was designed using Outline OpenArray 3D software.

Locally-based rental firm Cipiesse Produzioni per lo Spettacolo supplied the equipment and oversaw the entire operation.

Giancarlo Paladini, head audio technician on behalf of Cipiesse, commented: “One of the challenges to be faced was that of obtaining 110 decibels of SPL over the entire square and no spill on to the stage, above all of low frequencies. The requests by Sting’s technical staff continued with the need to mount delay systems half-way down the square and not use subs. These were the results: no delays half-way down the square, in spite of the 73 metres to be covered length-wise, and 110 decibels of SPL guaranteed with wonderful uniformity, exceeding even Sting’s technicians’ expectations. To manage to carry this out we used two distinct Outline VLA, with an array made up exclusively of subs between them. 9+9 Mantas elements (120°) were aimed at the audience in such as way as to cover a distance of 30 metres, while for the remaining distance we had 12+12 Butterfly enclosures.

“There was also a third array, made up of just subs, positioned between the Mantas and the Butterfly systems. Following the sound engineer’s precise instructions – since a 50-piece orchestra is no joke to handle – we kept the stage clear of low frequencies, once more using OpenArray 3D so successfully that, thanks to arather unusual cardioid sub configuration, somebody on stage even said that the subs were switched off!”

A few days before the Sting gig, in Piazza della Loggia, Cipiesse used its Outline arrays for a sold-out show by Jethro Tull.