We're very pleased to report on a highly successful trip to Croatia, hosting Arena 6 'Outside the Fort' at Outlook Festival 2011.
Set in an old naval sea fort just outside the city of Pula on the west coast of Croatia, Outlook Festival boasts the biggest line up of pure bass music and sound system culture in Europe. With headline acts such as Skream, Benga, Pharoahe Monch, DMZ, Mungos Hi-Fi, Dawn Penn, David Rodigan and another 300+ acts featured over four days, across fourteen stages, this surely is a Mecca for any self respecting dubstep, drum and bass, dub, reggae, garage or electronic music fan.
The team at Whole Nine Yards Productions tasked Neuron with providing sound reinforcement, monitoring and technical crew for the open air Arena 6 'Outside the Fort', which at 1500 capacity is one of the largest on site. We took the opportunity to showcase one of our most powerful systems, and put it through its paces outdoors on a site with minimal noise limits.
"I was given the brief of re-invigorating Outlook with the best audio systems out there and was delighted to be able to bring Neuron Pro Audio on board to provide sound reinforcement for one of the festival's principal stages. From start to finish they were a pleasure to work with, completely hassle free and achieved superlative results. Undoubtedly their system was one of the highlights of the festival. I would have no hesitation in working with them again or indeed recommending their services to any client wanting a no nonsense, results orientated audio company capable of achieving the very best."
Ben Price - Technical Director / OUTLOOK Festival
The main front of house PA system consisted of two monstrous stacks of 8 Void Psyco Subs, each with 3 Void Stasys Prime on top. An additional Void Stasys Prime was deployed each side on stage risers to provide in-fill coverage, with an additional Arcline 6 placed centre stage to ensure even mid and high coverage across the entire crowd. The whole system was powered by our new stock of Powersoft Digam K10 ultra-lightweight Class D bass amplfiiers, with Void Infinite, and PKN Controls XE Series covering the mid and high frequencies respectively. Combined with an XTA DP548, the latest digital system processor with an inbuilt dynamic EQ platform, the results were nothing short of astounding.
"We were slightly concerned upon arrival about certain geographical factors on the site affecting the performance of the system. In particular, the nature of the site meant there was a large amount of dust around the air in-takes on the amplifiers even during sound check, and the constant 38°C heat caused the cooling panels on the subs to be nearly too hot to touch before the event started. Despite these adverse conditions the system performed fantastically, with exceptionally clear mid-high coverage from front to back with considerable low end pressure up to 60m away from the stacks. We feel that this is a real testament to the system's capability."
Jonathan Wharton - FOH Engineer / Neuron Pro Audio
Musical highlights Outside the Fort included bastions of London's Night Slugs label L-Vis 1990 vs. Bok Bok, Detroit techno prodigy Kyle Hall, Floating Points, Space Dimension Controller, Broke'n'£nglish and Ras Kwame as well as several unannounced special guest appearances including Jehst, Newham Generals and a last-minute Sunday set by personal request from Skream and Hatcha.
We would like to thank everyone at Outlook Festival and Whole Nine Yards for making us feel welcome, and for all the support they gave us over the week. Special thanks go to all of the festival goers for giving our arena one of the best atmospheres across the whole site, and the numerous compliments that were received about the sound.
Here’s looking forward to next year!