Following six years of development, British loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One has launched Vero – the new, large format touring sound system that promises “to re-define audio and operational performance expectations and deliver the next level of tour sound”.
Vero began life when Funktion-One co-founder Tony Andrews (pictured) considered the possibility of designing a sound system that configures in a linear array. Having spoken of his concerns about the intrinsic sound issues of line array systems for many years, this may have appeared to some as an unusual step.
Vero is a complete system, which includes speakers, amplifiers, cabling, rigging, transport dollies, weatherproof covers and software.
“One of the reasons it’s taken six years to develop is the amount of design work and detail that goes into originating a complete system,” explains Andrews. “Not just loudspeakers, but the flying system which is patent pending, the cabling, the amplifiers and the shock mounted racks. We’ve developed Projection – Vero’s propriety predictive software, which is very intuitive and easy to use. What you see in the software is what you get in the field. Every element of the system has to be exactly right.”
The sound quality of the system is based on something Funktion-One calls Geometric Energy Summation (GES); the natural geometry of the waveguides and their relationship with each other within the array combining for a coherent addition of sound.
According to Funktion-One GES “enables sound density to be easily and accurately tailored whilst preserving a uniquely detailed sonic picture”.
The Vero speaker range features six horn-loaded loudspeakers – the V60 mid-high, V90 mid-high and V315 mid-bass with a choice of V221, V124 or V132 bass. The V60s, V90s and V315s all have identical dimensions, enabling them to be flown in the same vertical array. The ground stacked V221, V124 or V132 bass enclosures offer a choice of size and low frequency extension.
Vero also features its own patent pending Lambda flying system, which allows arrays to be deployed accurately and efficiently. All rigging settings can be calculated using Vero’s Projection software. Unlike most other flown arrays, Vero’s inter-cabinet splay angles can be adjusted with the system in suspension.
“Good audio is an art. It isn’t plant hire,” comments Andrews. “The part it plays in people’s enjoyment of music is severely underestimated. The overall result with Vero is industry leading coherence and accuracy, resulting in a big sound of dimension and intimacy. Vero presents a very spacious and realistic sound stage, meaning that artists, engineers and concertgoers can enjoy unprecedented dynamic range and fidelity, which is how audio should be.”