The Pope in Milan with Electro-Voice
To provide homogeneous and transparent audio coverage throughout the 790,000sq.m area, a number of Electro-Voice line array loudspeaker systems were installed. The PA clusters were distributed evenly, with the elements flown from 20 scaffolding towers. The task of ensuring not only that the vast congregation could hear the Pope's words but also that their view and the lines of sight of the television cameras remained unobstructed fell to some 275 technicians.
The sound reinforcement system was designed by Massimo Sartirana, whilst Domenico Carnuccio served as both the FOH and systems engineer. The systems used comprised one X-Line line array made up of 48 elements, an XLC line array made up of 96 elements and an XLVC line array made up of 16 XLD281 elements.
The personal monitoring for the Pope was supplied by two white EVID 6.2 loudspeakers, whilst 16 EVID 3.2 loudspeakers provided foldback to the remaining participants on the stage. The enclosures were powered by a variety of Electro-Voice power amplifiers including 60 P3000, twelve TG5, six CP3000S and eight P2000 units.