The Milan Latin Festival is a ten week celebration of the best Latin American artists on the planet. They converge on the external area of the Assago Forum in Milan for 66 days of celebration from mid-June to mid-August, to deliver a rich and varied programme of concerts to enthusiastic crowds. High Profile and hugely influential artists such as the king of Reggaeton, Daddy Yankee and fellow Puerto Rican, Ozuna, lit up the stage for sold-out shows that featured all their million-selling international hits.
At outdoor events such as this, where the hazards of dispersion are more pronounced, the true qualities of an audio system are laid bare and event technology provider Suono e Luci, chose CODA Audio to ensure that every artist performing during the two-month duration of the festival was heard loud and clear. Claudio Saoncella, Head of Audio at Suono e Luci, valued customers of CODA Audio’s Italian distributor Decima 1948, opted for a ViRAY solution configured in Bi-Amp. The system was installed into the Festival’s 1500sqm outdoor area, which contained seating for more than 6,500. Reliability and precision were key to the task, given the duration of the event and the huge variety of acts to be presented.
For the main PA Suono e Luci installed 15 x ViRAY (Bi-Amp) per side with 3 x ViRAY per side for delay. Frontfill was delivered by 4 x HOPS8 and sidefill by 6 x TiRAY, 2 x TiLOW and 2 x SCV-F subs. 8 x SCP-F subs arrayed across the front of the stage completed the system. The system was a great success, delivering all the necessary power and coverage with great definition and extremely low distortion, allowing audiences to fully experience the detail and depth of Latin American music.
William Geroli, the official Front of House Engineer for the festival was delighted with the system:
“It has a very good response across all the frequencies and the Dual Diaphragm coaxial wave driver and coupler technology are great! They are extremely efficient and always guarantee great results with high output and increased power handling. The reliability, ultra low distortion, fast optimised transient response and coherent wave guide are great too.”
The engineers for major stars Ozuna and Daddy Yankee used the system as it was, with only minor EQ tweaks to satisfy personal taste. Whilst many of the visiting engineers were unfamiliar with CODA Audio, all declared that they were totally satisfied with the system.
Maurizio Mura, General Manager of Suono e Luci – the first company in Italy to place its faith in CODA Audio – gave this enthusiastic appraisal:
“I’ve always thought that the audio quality of CODA systems is simply phenomenal. I’ve used it in various situations and contexts in the last three years – we provide light and audio to the biggest Italian musical productions – and the results are always incredible. The ViRAY is a compact system, very easy to handle – including the speed of rigging. The coherent wave front is great and solves many problems in challenging settings. At the Milan Latin Festival we are once again obtaining outstanding results. The concerts by Daddy Yankee and Ozuna were incredible, with exceptional power and sound quality from what is considered to be CODA’s medium-sized line array range!”
The power and flexibility of CODA Audio systems was demonstrated to perfection by Suono e Luci at the Milan Latin Festival. ViRAY was used to great effect in conjunction with speakers from across the CODA range to provide the sonic backbone of this hugely popular event.