Rockin’1000, held a year ago with 1,000 musicians banding together in Cesana, Italy, to perform a cover of Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly,” returned again this yeat with 1,200 band members at Cesana’s Orogel Stadium for an open concert to a 14,000-strong crowd. The sound reinforcement system for the event was driven by LAB GRUPPEN PLM20K44 amplifiers.
Weeks of planning were involved to bring together a team of technicians to realize the ambitious project for 250 drummers, 250 guitarists, 250 bassists, 250 singers, 30 keyboard players, 30 violinists and 30 pipers.
Technical supplier Roadie Music Service, a LAB GRUPPEN Rental Partner supported by Prase Media Technologies, actively contributed by providing its own team of professionals to define the design and implementation of the amplification system.
The sound reinforcement was designed to draw a virtual semi-circle around the musicians to maximize the time alignment and maintenance of the sound levels between the orchestra and PA system. In total, 34 LAB GRUPPEN PLM20K44 amplifiers were selected to drive the system’s loudspeakers while processing and signal management from front of house was undertaken with LAKE processing.
Emanuele Luogo, PA manager for Prase Media Technologies, explains, “The PA system was distributed along three sides of the stadium. The integration of the Dante networked audio distribution on the PLM+ allowed me to manage 22 PA system inputs with real-time performance monitoring.
“I simply added two switches to each rack to control the LAKE DSP. In this way, we dramatically reduced the length of the cables used, delivering many technical and logistic advantages.”