Extensive Outline speaker system for AS Roma venue
As part of a deal signed with Rome’s AS Roma soccer club, with which top Italian FM broadcaster Radio Italia became official partner of the club (it also has similar agreements with Inter, Milan and Italy’s national soccer team), the radio station recently took delivery of 72 Outline Mantas speaker systems by Italian manufacturer Outline. The new investment will be used for pre-match entertainment at the club’s home pitch, the Eternal City’s Olimpico stadium.
The set-up comprises thirteen stacks, eleven of which have six Mantas vertical line array elements, an Outline DBS18-2 sub and a rack with two of the Brescia company’s T5 power amps, while the other two have three Mantas and a sub.
Installed around the perimeter of the pitch prior to matches, four large stacks are deployed in front of each of the two main stands (Monte Mario and Tevere) and two cover each of the two curves (north and south), with one of the small stacks mid-way between them, in correspondence to the pitch’s two huge video screens.
With the exception of the curves’ speakers, occasionally moved to meet specific event requirements (such as rugby matches, which have a slightly larger pitch), the rig, manned by distributor and technical service company Mods Art of Chieti, is almost always the same.
Radio Italia’s low frequency audio manager Matteo Celentano explains: “As well as supplying the sound reinforcement used for entertainment before matches, which features an all-Italian playlist and the teams’ ‘anthems’, we are responsible for all the artistic aspects of pre-game activity.”
Bearing in mind the type of activity for which the Outline sound reinforcement was to be used, Celentano collaborated on the system’s design and installation with Outline technical support specialist Francesco Ferretti. “We’ve had a very satisfactory working relationship with Outline for several years [and] already used several Mantas systems, as well as the manufacturer’s H.A.R.D. monitors in our Cologno Monzese auditorium.”