Funktion-One’s Vero loudspeaker system made its Mexico debut last month, delivering “huge sound” for the Corona Sunsets EDM festival.
The daylong event, which took place in Tulum on June 17, Funktion-One’s Mexican distributor Loto Audio deploy the Vero vertically arrayable system for the event.
Funktion-One founder, John Newsham, made the trip to Mexico to provide Vero training for the Loto Audio team, which has recently placed an order for its own Vero system.
Corona Sunsets organisers decided that the system should be stacked rather than flown in order to ‘keep the visual impact of the system to a minimum’. As a result, Newsham worked closely with Ramon Salazar, Joe Sandoval and the rest of the Loto Audio team to find the right solution.
“The critical factor was to get the ground stack platforms at just the right height” Newsham explained. “If you go too high, you can’t get coverage in the nearfield. Too low and the nearfield is loud but the far field suffers. There’s also a limit to how many boxes you can safely stack. We built the system using our Projection software to optimise the heights and angles and once the platforms were re-arranged to the right height it worked out very well. When the system is flown it’s certainly easier but everyone was very happy with the result.”
The system featured two elevated stacks of two Vero V60, 60-degree, mid-high speakers on top of two Vero V90, 90-degree, mid-high speakers. Three Vero V315 mid-bass speakers were stacked on a dolly below and alongside the main stacks with six V221 bass enclosures per side on the ground between the mid-high stacks. Power for the system came from the recommended and supplied Lab.gruppen PLM20K44 amplifiers.
Loto Audio also provided two Resolution 4 loudspeakers and two BR221 bass reflex speakers for the far end of the VIP bar area.
“My favourite comment of the day was that the sound was ‘huge’,” Newsham concluded. “We had a system that you could hardly see, yet the sound reached out to the back of the venue – where we were positioned at FOH. That in itself turned out to be a good move. The vibe was really nice and I think that was helped by the fact there wasn’t an FOH island in the middle of the audience.”
Acts performing at Corona Sunsets included Don Diablo, Thomas Jack, Tensnake, Goldroom, Tom & Collins, and RAC.