Cabinet First in Industry to Solve Critical Downfill Coverage Requirements
NEW YORK – Outline, the maker of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, will highlight the GTO-DF, the newest member of the GTO (Grand Touring Outline) Series of line array speakers during AES 2011. First introduced at PLASA 2011, the GTO-DF is designed to provide exceptionally high-quality sound to the first several rows of the audience at an event, filling the sonic gap often experienced by event attendees who are seated near the stage.
“The GTO-DF rounds out the performance coverage of the highly regarded GTO Line Array speaker systems,” says Tom Bensen, senior vice president and managing director of Outline North America. “In the past, the front several rows of the audience could be slightly off axis to the main FOH arrays, leading to an audible reduction in coverage, especially in the critical high-end frequencies that are responsible for intelligibility. The GTO-DF, with its bottom-mounted constant directivity horn with embedded acoustic lens, is designed to reside on the bottom of a GTO array to provide the first several rows of seating with the signature GTO sound enjoyed by the rest of the audience. GTO has set a high benchmark for audio quality in the live event market and the GTO-DF continues that tradition.”
The unique new waveguide was designed at the request of Jason Farah, co-owner and vice president of Special Event Services in Winston-Salem, NC who identified the need to address the issue of downfill coverage from a new perspective. Outline’s engineering team looked at the problem and designed a technically superior solution to simply tagging on an Outline Mantas speaker to the bottom of the array. The GTO-DF, with its purpose built, radical new horn design and acoustic lens, delivers accurate performance within the form factor of a GTO array. Special Event Services was one of the first companies to adopt the GTO Line Array system and the first to deploy the GTO-DF with simultaneous debuts of the cabinet on both the Darius Rucker Tour and ZZ Top/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour, both with desired effect.
“The GTO-DF made all the difference in the world,” says Farah. “The coverage was exactly as the Outline 3-D Open Array prediction software envisioned and the sound was magnificent. Plus, it’s the same footprint and hardware as the rest of the GTO family, so it made flying the rig so much simpler.”
GTO-DF is an eye-catching enclosure, with Outline’s exclusive acoustic lens aperture gradually flaring out downward. The GTO-DF offers four eight-inch mid-woofers and two three-inch compression drivers (the standard GTO line array cabinet features 10 speakers with two 15-inch woofers, four eight-inch mid-woofers and four three-inch compression drivers). GTO-DF is mechanically compatible with GTO, so it can be easily added to a flying array. Unique to the GTO-DF is a vertical dispersion range of zero-degrees to minus 25-degrees to ensure precision aiming of the sound into the audience and not onto the stage. The exclusive waveguide offers 120-degrees of coverage from 315 Hz to 17.5 kHz.
The GTO-DF, a bi-amped system, can handle 800 watts AES and 3,200 watts peak for the mid-woofer section covering the 200Hz to 1kHz range. The high-frequency section handles 250 watts AES and 1,000 watts peak, covering a 1 kHz to 17.5 kHz range. The cabinets weigh in at 172 lbs (78 kg) each.
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4000 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.
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