LAB GRUPPEN PLM+ Powers Biggest Rock Band in the World

Just over a year ago, 1,000 musicians became a viral phenomenon by banding together to perform an epic cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’. The effort was part of a successful campaign to convince the world-famous rock band to perform in the city of Cesana, Italy.  Just over a week ago the project, named Rockin’1000, returned again for a second incredible concert. The band’s 1,200 members took over Cesana’s Orogel Stadium for an open concert to a 14,000-strong crowd powered by LAB GRUPPEN’s PLM20K44 amplifiers.

Lab Gruppen Rockin' 1000

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, an important 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 and making of Rockin’1000-That’s live.

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 loudspeakers while processing and signal management from the FOH mixer was undertaken by LAKE processing.

Emanuele Luogo, PA manager for Prase Media Technologies commented, “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 to each rack, 2 switches to control LAKE DSP. In this way I dramatically reduced the length of the cables used, delivering many technical and logistic advantages.”

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