October 2009 - CAMCO Vortex and Tecton amplifiers are providing an open-air soundtrack for one of Australia's most ambitious
civic precincts. With over 2000 events a year, Federation Square is thought of as Melbourne's Meeting Place, and has become the
focal point of the city's cultural activity. At the heart of Fed Square is FED TV..
In Melbourne, Australia, the long-awaited Federation Square integrates civic spaces, a transport hub, tourist and civic
facilities. Buildings and open spaces included a large irregularly shaped city square (or plaza), sunny sheltered areas for al
fresco dining, street theatre and music, gallery space, performance space and facilities for cafes, as well as other multimedia
facilities, a function centre and offices. A galleria and indoor amphitheatre sit between the two major building complexes, and
the development is topped off by a free-standing viewing tower.
At the centre of it all, in the large open-air plaza, is a giant 16:9 high-definition LED screen, which provides visual
communication and entertainment as well as coverage of live sporting events. This is FED TV, and it plays a central role in
building the buzz for Fed Square's myriad events, cultural festivals, exhibitions, event launches, wine showcases, book clubs,
fashion festivals, films, concerts and Guinness Book record attempts.
AV specialists Rutledge Engineering have installed a substantial PA system for FED TV, using a line array solution for the main
front-of-house system, and a couple of full-range units to act as a secondary in-fill speaker system, capable of supporting audio
from the FOH speaker system as timed overflow, or as independent sound reinforcement if in any case the main FOH PA system is
To drive both the main speaker hangs, and the in-fill speaker system, Rutledge Engineering turned to Group Technologies for their
German-made high-power high-efficiency stereo power amplifiers. CAMCO's 2x3000W Vortex 6 were chosen for the main left and right
arrays and subs, with CAMCO Tecton models handling the supplementary system.
CAMCO's export sales director Mick Anderson highlighted the long-standing supportive relationship between CAMCO and its
distributor Group Technologies. "GT has built up the CAMCO brand in Australia to the point where its qualities of reliability and
sonic performance are recognised for high-profile projects by an elite installation contractor such as Rutledge Engineering.
CAMCO has proved it has the credentials to be at the heart of the power specification of such a detailed and important
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