MEYER IN MEXICO FOR 300,000-STRONG PAPAL EVENT - AudioTechnology
A massive, all-Meyer Sound system of more than 600 loudspeakers recently supplied coverage for a festive crowd of over 300,000 that converged near the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec for an open-air Holy Mass with Pope Francis. It was by far the largest event of Pope Francis’s five-day visit to Mexico.
“We have had excellent results using Meyer Sound to ensure the best possible listening experience for the public, so we decided to use Meyer Sound speakers exclusively for this event,” says José Antonio Ruíz, general manager of Total Event Productions S.A. de C.V., the systems supplier. “It’s important for us to use speakers that we know will deliver a superior performance at all times, even when the system is kept working for more than 30 continuous hours.”
The main event stage for the pope and his guests was flanked by front arrays that included 32 Leo-M line array loudspeakers and 96 Lyon linear line array loudspeakers.
In addition to the pope’s homily, the program also offered music from an orchestra and traditional Mexican ensembles. 54 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were deployed across the 1km-wide site for full-range music reproduction.
Leopard, Milo, Mica, M3D and M’elodie line array loudspeakers were also positioned for various fill and monitor applications over or near the stage, with more arrays supporting the four front and 24 remote video screens. MSL-6, MSL-4, UPA-1P, and UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and MJF-212A stage monitors were also deployed. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with nine Galileo 616, 13 Galileo Callisto 616, and seven Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors was linked by Total Event Productions’ own fibre optic distribution network.
Assisting Ruíz were Audio Manager Ramiro Páramo and FOH Engineer Everardo Cano. Total Event Productions’ Meyer Sound inventory was supplemented by dry-hire loudspeakers from a number of Mexican rental companies.
“Meyer Sound Mexico always provides us with in-depth design and technical support for these major events to make sure we achieve the best results every time,” reports Ruíz. “It’s a level of service no other company in Mexico can offer.”
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