Before Vero was launched to the world in April this year, it went through six years of development, including three years of beta testing. Several systems, dotted around the world, were used on gigs, tours and festivals, as Tony Andrews, John Newsham and the rest of the Funktion-One design team continually refined Vero. With each event came new information, which fed back into the development process.
One of those Vero systems has been with Full Throttle Entertainment in Australia, where it has been making an impact on a variety of events. The first gig for the fully developed system following its launch in April was Godskitchen’s ‘The Last Dance’, held at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on 7 May 2016.
It’s the first time since 2013 that the global dance brand has held an event in Australia, meaning the demand for tickets was high. The event sold out the 8,000-capacity arena.
“We were requested by Synergy events to provide the sound,” reveals Full Throttle Entertainment’s Adam Ward. “We have been in discussions about having Vero at Transmission at the same venue later in the year. It made sense to do the Godskitchen event as a precursor to the Transmission show.”
The production demands of large-scale one-night shows like this mean audio, lighting and video kit needs to be loaded-in, rigged and tuned/programmed in a relatively short period of time. Vero truly excels under this sort of pressure.
First of all, Projection software is used offsite to draw the arena and design the Vero configuration that is exactly right for the space. Onsite, stacks of up to four Vero boxes can be transported in a straight line on Vero’s tailor made transport dollies. Its unique Lambda rigging system allows angles to be pre-set and hoisted into position. Should any of the Vero speakers need to be altered, the angle can be adjusted under load.
The system at the Hisense Arena was configured in two hangs of 12 Vero loudspeakers. This comprised four V60 mid-highs, four V90 mid-highs and four V315 mid-bass speakers, hung in an order that ensured even coverage across the audience space. A total of 15 V221 bass enclosures were arranged as a ground-stacked mono block to “really push the sub to the back of the room.” As with all Vero systems, power came from Lab.gruppen’s PLM20k44 amplifiers.
Four upgraded Funktion-One Resolution 2 loudspeakers (powered by MC2 and controlled by Lake Processing LM 26s) were deployed as in-fill and PSM318s were chosen for DJ monitoring.
Ward adds: “The system went up extremely fast. The sound output was phenomenal and seemed effortless in the space.”