Funktion-One provided the sound for Oregon’s What The Festival in June, for the sixth edition of the boutique US festival.
The manufacturer’s Vero system was deployed on the main stage from June 16-19, courtesy of Sound Investment and Fusebox Productions.
This year’s event welcomed 7,500 people, who came for what co-founder Glen Boyd describes as: “a totally immersive festival”.
“It’s not about massive crowds and headliners, it’s about the whole experience, which includes interactive art, eight stages of electronic and live music, guest speakers and movement classes,” he said. “We don’t do pass outs because we want our community to stay together and for the environment to be as immersive as possible.”
To ensure that each stage has its own immersive aural environment, Boyd, together with fellow co-owners Tiffany Boyd and Peter Clark, ensured that Funktion-One loudspeakers featured throughout.
Boyd continues: “I believe Funktion-One sound provides the best experience. I’ve followed the brand since the early 2000s and I’ve watched them improve and get better. There isn’t anything in the market that comes close in terms of quality and the warmness of the sound.”
Sound Investment’s Tom VanBeek took charge of FOH, as well overseeing the Funktion-One distributor’s other stages – Equinox and Effin. “The festival on a whole is focused on providing great audio throughout,” explained VanBeek. “We’ve been working with Vero for a couple of years and it’s a very positive step forward in terms of audio quality. The power and clarity we were getting on the main stage was unbelievable and it’s so easy to rig. It goes up quickly and setting angles is extremely easy. It’s very well thought out and put together.”
On the asymmetric bass, VanBeek adds: “The F132s bring a new level of definition to the sub-bass frequencies, which frees up the F221s to do exactly what they’re meant to do – the mid and upper bass frequencies. Everyone was blown away.”
We’ve been working with Vero for a couple of years and it’s a very positive step forward in terms of audio quality. The power and clarity we were getting on the main stage was unbelievable and it’s so easy to rig
Tom VanBeek, Sound Investment
The main stage, which hosted a range of DJ and live performances from the likes of ZHU, Cut Copy and Gramatik, featured two vertical arrays of three Vero V315 mid-bass enclosures, two Vero V90 90-degree dispersion mid-high enclosures and a single Vero V60 60-degree dispersion, long-throw mid-high enclosure at the top of each hang. Nine Vero V221 bass enclosures and four Vero V132 bass enclosures were used for the asymmetric bass/sub-bass set-up. Two F101 speakers were used for front-fill, while a Resolution 2 and F218 combination handled DJ monitoring.
On the Equinox stage, Sound Investment deployed a smaller Vero system featuring four V60s, four V315s and five F221s. A pair of F1201s was used for front-fill and a second pair combined with two MB212 bass enclosures for monitoring. Effin was home to a Res 5 and F221 system, along with Funktion-One’s high-performance PSM318 DJ monitors.
Boyd concluded: “Funktion-One sound is a key feature of What The Festival’s immersive experience.”
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