The first time the Colombian rental company Iluminación Jaime Dussan used Bose Professional ShowMatch loudspeakers, it had been an experiment — a trial to see if the new line array could handle the rigors of the week-long Aguinaldo Boyacense festival with dozens of diverse acts and thousands of spectators in attendance.
The system passed the test. In fact, it fulfilled expectations so well that the company deployed the system again just a month later for the Puerto Gaitán Summer Festival.
But then came the 24th edition of the highly popular music festival Rock al Parque. This time Iluminación Jaime Dussan would be responsible for all audiovisual services for the event.
One of the most important free festivals in all Latin America, Rock al Parque is organized by the Bogotá City Hall and the District Arts Institute. It’s beloved as an inclusive gathering that celebrates diverse music from all over the world.
Iluminación Jaime Dussan decided to use their ShowMatch DeltaQ line array system for one of the most popular areas of the festival: the Lago Stage, which alone serves audiences of up to 15,000. Throughout the three days of the festival, the Lago Stage hosted 18 different bands from myriad genres including metal, ska, hard rock, acid jazz, and reggae. Satisfying the demands of this wide array of artists and their sound engineers was a significant challenge for both Iluminación Jaime Dussan and their partners, P.A. Sound Colombia, whose technical crews oversaw the operations for this stage.
"Rock al Parque was a major test for the system, because of the power and SPL that was required. The equipment has responded so surprisingly … We never thought it would sound so good …,” said Jaime Dussan, General Manager for Iluminación Jaime Dussan.
Pablo Mateus is P.A. Sound Colombia’s Chief Engineer and was the main engineer responsible for the system’s performance at the festival. While assessing the large open concert space near the Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park’s lake, Mateus realized the system would be put to the test yet again. Coverage, sound pressure, and intelligibility would all, as usual, be critical factors, especially given the acoustic challenges of the venue, which include a nearby lake.
Mateus decided to install two main ShowMatch DeltaQ arrays consisting of 17 modules each with six additional modules included as front fills.
Also added were 32 SMS118 subwoofers — 16 on the floor in front of the stage and another 16 hung at the sides. Then, about 60 meters (200 feet) from the stage, a delay system of two line arrays consisting of seven modules each was set on top of scaffold towers. The entire system was controlled by a Bose ControlSpace processor, Dante Controller software, and Powersoft’s Armonía software.
Mateus sums up the latest test for the ShowMatch system: “Every new edition of Rock al Parque is a huge endeavor, but we were pretty confident of ShowMatch during the installation. I think it was the right choice.”