PARIS, FRANCE—Pope Benedict XVI recently made his first visit as pontiff to Paris, praying together with more than a quarter million followers on the massive lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides. Sound designer Fred Goguet created a audio system for the event, using Meyer Sound components provided by a coterie of French audio firms, including Dispatch, Ateliers Lumiere, Projectis, and Audio-Technique.
Spread over an area nearly 500 meters wide, Goguet’s design comprised a total of 96 MICA, 78 M’elodie, and 20 MILO line array loudspeakers, along with a handful of UPA-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers for fill. “Considering the architectural perspectives of the scenery and the constraints of limited heights and no scaffolding, I created a distributed system of 22 main and ten secondary arrays,” Goguet explains. “The coverage was seamless across the entire audience area, with excellent intelligibility everywhere.”