For the first time, the 2019 edition of Italian day-festival Ralf in Bikini featured the Outline GTO loudspeaker system, the manufacturer’s ‘large-format’ PA.
Ralf in Bikini, now at its ninth edition, originated from an idea that started as a joke. It consists of 12 hours of techno, house and minimal music, from noon to midnight with Italian and international DJs, such as Ralf, the event’s protagonist. It takes place at Cattolica’s Bikini Disco Dinner, an avant-garde beach area open night and day.
The Grand Touring Outline has four three-inch compression drivers loaded by the patented double parabolic reflection waveguide (DPRWG), four eight-inch midrange speakers and two 15-inch woofers (weighing in at just 95 kg).
Emporio On Stage from Scandicci (Florence) was the rental company responsible for the sound design and the installation of the Outline systems, using GTO as the main rig and Mantas 28 systems for both the beach stage and the roofed zone.
Mauro Bianchi, owner of the White Events agency and co-organiser of Ralf in Bikini, stated: “I’d already had the pleasure of listening to the GTO at Rimini’s Music Inside Festival, in an indoor situation, and greatly appreciated its elegant badness. At Ralf in Bikini, it was the first time I’d heard it outdoors, and I was even more satisfied: the sound performance and the impact on the public was beyond my rosiest expectations, to the point that we even received compliments from normal clients – not just experts.
“It’s a system that sounds “violent” (in a positive sense of the term) but, at the same time, with elegance and precision. Compared with other rigs that sound “violent” but not elegant, or vice versa, with GTO there’s the perfect combination. We’ve already reconfirmed it for the 2020 edition of Ralf in Bikini, which will be the tenth, and we’ll be launching a stage dedicated exclusively to live music. I’ll try to use GTO whenever I can. For me it is currently the reference point”.