Funktion-One Arena Sound in the Round provided by Nomad Sound and Beware of Dog Productions.
Creator Clash is an annual boxing match featuring influencers and content creators whose winnings go to their selected charity. The first event, in 2022, had a massive attendance and this led this year’s event being held in the Amalie Arena in Tampa Florida, which holds upwards of thirty thousand people.
The event producers chose to consult with Nomad Sound on bringing in an appropriately-sized audio system. Leo Eckersdorff, owner of Nomad, opted to design the largest Funktion-One sound system yet in the U.S. and collaborated with Funktion-One heavyweights from Atlanta: Beware Of Dog Productions.
The resulting system featured seventy-two loudspeakers in six clusters of twelve in the round. A combination of full-sized Vero for the longer throw sections and mid-sized VX90 to allow for greater articulation in the shorter and mid distance coverage areas. The system addressed every seat in the arena with precision and high intelligibility and allowed for efficient deployment in a time-constrained production schedule.
Todd Konecny from Funktion-One’s US distributor, Coherent Distribution, provided the system design using Funktion-One’s simulation software, Projection. He states, “Vero was key to achieving proper coverage of the entire audience area, including the highest seats in the corners. The Vero system has extremely well-controlled directivity at distance, which helps to reduce reflections in this large of a space.
“The Vero VX90 is a medium-size cabinet that allows for a higher degree of articulation and excellent coverage up close to the hang,” Konecny adds. “The VX clusters on the sides had to cover directly below the hangs and all the way up to the nosebleed seats. The 12 cabinets could be angled in such a way that the top boxes were hitting the highest sections and the bottom cabinet was pointing down to the floor. It was perfect coverage with no need for frontfill.”
Eckersdorff concludes, “The system sounded great. Each of the hangs was split into two processing channels, long throw and short throw, enabling us to fine tune the level for both the people on the floor and those all the way up in the seats furthest away. The coverage was very smooth and impactful throughout the arena.”