The most important civic ceremony in Mexico is the “Grito de Independencia ” (Mexican Independence Day) which is commemorated annually on September 15, with a national holiday.
Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the 211th anniversary has passed this year with excellent results, thanks to the efforts of many people, led by the production company More Music and the Martin Audio sound systems, which have been used exclusively .
Among the aspects that stood out were the spectacular fireworks display and video mapping projection of the pyramid, located in Zócalo Square in the Mexican capital. Other highlights were sets by Mexican singer Lila Downs performing the song. Latin America, composed by the Puerto Rican urban music duo Calle 13.
To optimize all of these showcases, a professional sound design that would adapt to the ‘new normal’ was vital because although there was no audience in the Zócalo, millions of people watched this ceremony online and via national television channels.
More Music took care of the audio design, among many other tasks. The sound system specified in the set was from Martin Audio, with 10 different series featured including MLA, WPC, MLD, MLX, SX218, and W8LM. Almost 150 cabinets have been deployed in total.
“This is the third consecutive year that Martin Audio has been used in the Grito of IndependenceSaid the CEO of More Music. “But it was the first time that the whole sound system had come from the British company.”
“This year there were no complications, because we had learned the lessons of previous years,” said Rafael Juárez ‘El Rot’, head of the audio system. “While the audio layout was the same as last year, what changed was that some satellite speakers were placed in front of the cathedral and there was a stage in front of the National Palace.”
The sound distribution in the National Palace consisted of four main towers, each with eight MLA cabinets for a total of 32 boxes (left and right). Two more towers were placed in the cathedral, each with eight cabinets that were used for the video mapping projection audio track.
As for the stage Lila Downs participated in, it featured 24 WPCs (12 per side), with four W8LM and W8LMD side infills and 10 SX218 subwoofers in front of the stage.
“I have been working on this type of event for many years, and this is the first time that I have used this system,” added Rafael Juárez. “I was impressed that wherever you wanted the system to provide coverage, it did precisely that. In fact, I walked around Zócalo Square and we achieved coverage over 180 meters without any problems.
“The time it took Paco Rojas and I to make the predictions in the DISPLAY software was less than two hours, it was so easy. It was a very stable plug and play system that performed very well and provided excellent results.
Another of the companies that actively and constructively participated in the Grito of Independence ceremony was Proactive Latin America, which represents Martin Audio in Mexico and Latin America.
“We were asked to come up with a particular design for the Lila Downs presentation that would be done with a completely independent team, and we supported More Music in any way needed,” said Eng Oscar Tovar, Technical Sales Specialist at Proactive. for Martin Audio. Latam. “Our systems specialist and technical support team, led by Eng. Carlos Aldama, made a cardioid design of the subwoofers, because Lila Downs likes to have its “clean” scene, especially in the low frequencies. Everyone involved achieved their goals and millions of people enjoyed the show.
In terms of price, quality and economy, Martin Audio offers excellent value for money. In addition, the intelligibility of their equipment is extremely impressive, Tovar added, allowing them to produce a performance that captivated audiences.
The realization of this event allowed many people who no longer had this source of employment since COVID to return to their jobs and generate income again. Everyone was able to reflect on how Martin Audio components made it possible to deliver a professional, high-quality, high-level event that completely captivated the audience.
Special thanks to Audio Acustica, More Music, Dasa Producciones and the Martin Audio Latin America team for their participation in this historic event.