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Malasimbo Festival selects Funktion-One

The festival organiser, Miro Grgic, has been using Funktion-One for several years now

Malasimbo Festival 2019, held on March 1-2 and welcoming around 5,000 visitors to Puerto Galera in the Philippines, chose Funktion-One for its sound system.

The festival organiser, Miro Grgic, has been using Funktion-One sound for several years now.

After eight years at Malasimbo Ampitheater, the festival relocated to the private nature reserve park of White Beach, only 4km from the original site. The new site includes a jungle and a virgin beach, new terrain stages, and more roaming space.

Grgic commented: “It’s a bit of passion project. I organise and own the event, whilst booking all the acts, being technical director, systems and sound engineer, lighting director and other things I have to do to tie the event over, since sponsorship is extremely scarce.

“I load the sound system at home, unload at the festival grounds, set it up and operate it for the entire event. After the event I bring it back home, unpack it and clean it. I’m very hands on and I love my speakers, so I take care of them personally.”

Grgic created a new amphitheatre in the new location, with sound from Funktion-One Resolution 4 3-way speakers and F218 double-18” bass enclosures.

“Funktion-One is great for live music,” highlighted Grgic. “We have jazz, soul, funk, blues, electronic and world music, and some nice indie pop lately as well. This year we had Robert Glasper, Anomalie, Laneous and Ruby Ibarra headlining.”

Discussing his preference for Funktion-One, Grgic said: “It’s an efficient sound system, so I don’t need much power to drive it and I get a much higher output compared to any other speaker I’ve used. Also, I don’t use much signal processing, I keep a lot of things at zero – seldom do I touch EQs or compression.

“I spend more time getting the right positioning and coverage and I don’t really go over 100db. I like the average of 95-97db, this is what I call ear friendly. A lot of people fail to be considerate in this area, but I don’t like to beat up my audience’s ears.”

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