Aero for Patito Feo

'Patito Feo" is a successful Argentine teen comedy that has been broadcasted on Channel 13


More than 15.000 people attended the famous children's program "Patito Feo" which translated to English means the Ugly Duckling, which was held in April at the Estadio Mundialista Islas Malvinas in Mendoza. "Merino Producciones Técnicas" was contracted for this event. The firm, headquartered in Mendoza and managed by the sound engineer Carlos Merino, installed Aero line array powered systems. "Patito Feo" is a successful Argentine teen comedy that has been broadcasted since 2007 on Channel 13 (ARTEAR), one of the main TV channels in Argentina.

"Without doubt, it is one of the most important shows the country; mounting is extremely professional and thoroughly inspected in all areas. That is why, after the great success of the sound installation in the multitudinous and renowned Vendimia harvest, the organizers confided in our professional background as well as the quality of the equipment we offer" affirms Carlos Merino. The design proposed by Merino was accepted by production, after extended consideration given the position of the stage and the location of the spectator area. The challenge was very challenging because of the very large semicircle area had to be covered, amphitheater type, with stands at different heights. For such an important event, the company employed the Aero powered line array systems.

Twenty-four Aero 38A, flown 12 per side of the stage at a height of 14 meters in a left/right configuration in order to cover a 100 meter distance. On the sides, Merino, decided to install four Aero 38 per side, backed with delay towers placed at the end of the field. The towers were comprised of 24 Aero 28A powered line array systems in six clusters with four units each, stacked in an upward inclination. As center, below the stage, six Aero 28A systems were placed for front row coverage. The subwoofers were arranged in a three row cardioid configuration requiring 24 Compact 218 systems on the sides of the stage. P.A. control was handled with two Yamaha M7CL digital consoles. Even though the system was self-powered, a Dolby Lake 412 processor was employed to control the levels of the entire P.A.system, the delay towers, and the sides of the main system.

The Ease Focus and Smaart Live acoustic simulation and prediction program was used for angle configuration. As Carlos Merino explains: "Measurement results were 100 dB on the console and 11 dB1 at the center of the stands at a distance of 70 meters. The inconveniences created by the resonance from the ceiling in the main seating area were resolved once the public was seated, and floor reverberation diminished. On the sides, the problem was that the towers could not be raised sufficiently high because they would block visibility and with the systems placed on the ground the pressure levels were different the further away we moved them. On the other hand, since there was no roof in that section, sound reached the area with clarity."

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