World’s largest gospel concert relies on Outline
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
theexperienceThe event which debuted in December 2006 is now the largest musical concert in Africa
Nigeria - With an audience estimated at close to three quarters of a million people, The Experience is an inter-denominational gospel concert held annually in Lagos. Convened and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the colossal event debuted in December 2006 and is now the largest musical concert in Africa, featuring guest artistes from numerous countries leading the crowd in worship and praise.
Lagos-based CyTech World Communication provided the serious audio infrastructure necessary to deliver speech and music to the vast crowds. Such is the success CyTech have achieved at this unique event that 2017 is actually the fifth consecutive year in which they and their Outline loudspeaker systems have been entrusted with the technical responsibility for reaching every corner of the enormous audience area within the huge 280m × 200m Tafawa-Balewa Square.
A long-standing fan and client of Outline, CyTech’s owner Cyril Utomoibor has in the past deployed numerous Outline products from his inventory for these events including Butterfly, GTO C-12, LAB 21, DBS 18-2, DVS, Doppia, Subtech 218 and others, but for the 2017 event he extended his investment in Outline with the purchase of their flagship GTO system.
Outline’s own Vinnie Perreux was on hand in Lagos in his system technician role and describes how the huge rig was configured.
“I started with the Outline OpenArray1 file containing the system design used in previous years, which I sent to Steve before we flew out and he was happy with it. The 2017 project was designed on OpenArray2 and helped us to figure out in advance the correct location of all the loudspeaker positions so that we could achieve the correct coverage in both planes and the average SPL he was looking for across the venue.
“Additionally it also allowed us to blend the areas being covered by different types of Outline cabinet so that there was seamless audio everywhere. We knew what the results would be before we even turned the PA on, which was a massive advantage for an event like this.
“From a system viewpoint, Steve sent me a L/R feed and a mono auxiliary send to drive the system controllers. They in turn provided the stereo and mono feeds for the various loudspeaker locations: main FOH L/R (each comprising 18 x GTO, 12 x GTO C-12 and two GTO-DF downfills), main FOH side hangs L/R (18 x GTO C-12 each), rear ground stacks L/R (8 x Butterfly each), front subs L/R (16 x DBS 18-2), front centre sub (mono eight SubTech), main FOH subs (mono four LAB 21) plus six delay towers (two comprising 18 x GTO C-12 cabinets each, two with 20 x Butterfly each and two using 16 x Butterfly) plus a stereo mix for the sound system outside the stadium.”
Vinnie concludes, “I saw three-quarters of a million people dancing and singing from 5pm to 6am, from in front of the stage all the way up to the last seat on the top of the roof, an area 135m long by 35m high filled with Steve’s powerful mix. Mission accomplished and a huge thanks to Cyril and his audio crew.”
FOH supervisor Steve Davies was part of a team of nine technicians from UK-based Subfrantic Production Services, dealing with everything from sound (FOH, stage and broadcast) through lighting design and operation, set design, stage management, and video content for the stage screens. Steve reprised a role he has undertaken at The Experience several times before and describes some of the changes brought about by the inclusion of CyTech’s new GTO system.
“Cyril from CyTech added to their inventory for the 2017 event with a healthy amount of GTO, meaning that the rig performed completely differently to the last few years where we were using only the GTO C-12. This meant that the main PA had plenty of headroom, and never struggled to reproduce anything that was asked of it from the aggressive tonal attack of the talking drums through to the more laid back and smoother sound created by Don Moen and his band.”
(Jim Evans)

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