English-Irish pop band One Direction, along with 60,000 of their fans, recently kicked off the “Where We Are” world tour at the Estadio el Campin in Bogota, Colombia, with C. Vilar LTDA providing sound reinforcement for the event.
As one of the most prominent sound companies in Colombia, C. Vilar is a long-time user of Adamson Systems components, and that was the case with One Direction, with company owners Mauricio and Cesar Vilar designing a system headed by Adamson Energia line arrays along with an assortment of other Adamson loudspeakers in support roles.
“The Energia system is extremely powerful,” explains Mauricio Vilar. “The fact that it’s loaded with two 15-inch woofers makes it ideal for a venue the size of Estadio el Campin. Other line arrays would need a flown subwoofer to provide low frequency energy. Energia didn’t need that at all.”
The left-right line arrays each consisted of 18 E15 and four smaller E12 enclosures, flown at 16 meters with the goal to cover as much of the stadium as possible. Additional low end was provided by 24 Adamson T21 subwoofers, ground stacked 3 x 4 under each array.
“We worked with Brian Fraser, applications engineer at Adamson, to help create a 3D design of the system using the new Blueprint AV software,” explains Mauricio Vilar. “It was incredibly accurate and made system set-up that much easier.”
Front fill was handled by eight pairs of SpekTrix enclosures positioned at stage level on cases across the width of the performance area. In order to avoid having monitors on stage, five Adamson M15 monitors were stacked on top of the SpekTrix pairs located directly in front of the stage. Out fill hangs consisted of two Adamson Y18 line arrays each comprised of 12 enclosures, flown at the outer edges of the stage.
Unlike previous concerts C. Vilar had provided sound for at Estadio el Campin, the client wanted the delay towers – each equipped with Y10 line arrays of 10 enclosures—placed behind FOH, not further back in the field as they normally would be. With FOH approximately 74 meters away from the PA, Mauricio Vilar was initially a bit concerned about the design providing seamless coverage.
“Fortunately after some very good system tuning we achieved great results from that location,” he adds. “The client was extremely happy with the sound quality and that we could accommodate their request. I was absolutely impressed to listen to the system coverage, especially when walking on the outer area, close to the outhangs, by the upper balconys. The clarity of the main PA in this area was amazing. More importantly, the client was equally impressed noting that the definition was incredible even at 150 meters away.”
C. Vilar has been the number one choice for the three most important shows at Estadio el Campin – Paul McCartney, Justin Beiber and One Direction – since the stadium reopened. “The fact that we get a call every time a big show comes to Colombia makes us think we must be doing things right,” Mauricio Vilar concludes. “Choosing to partner with Adamson has been a great decision for us.”