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After Vietnam, Australia, China and Japan, Outline is enjoying on-going success with the sales of its GTO line arrays, which in fact have been recently purchased by one of Indonesia’s most qualified and respected rental firms, Melodia Sound & Lighting Systems.

Founded in ‘97, with branches in Jakarta e Surabaya, Melodia is also the nation’s Outline distributor. Led by a young team of highly qualified engineers, the firm continued to grow and in 2005 entered the rental sector, simultaneously with the purchase of a Butterfly system. Through the years, Melodia has added various systems by the Italian manufacturer, including Mantas, Mini-COM.P.A.S.S., DVS, Eidos 265 and, more recently, GTO.

Thanks to this latest acquisition, the company was called in to handle the audio production for the concert by Italian-American guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Vai (over 15 million albums sold) at Jakarta’s Tennis Indoor Senayan. GTO was in fact specified in the riders.

Melodia designed and deployed a system comprising eighteen GTO line array elements with sixteen LAB 21 infra-sub enclosures. Four of Outline’s two-way DVS 15 SP provided front-fill coverage for the VIP seats.

Rudy Winarto, Melodia’s owner and managing director, opines, “Tennis Indoor Senayan doesn’t have the acoustics of a recording studio – if anything, they’re more like those of a cathedral. The difference between good and bad results depends to a great extent on the choice of loudspeaker systems, which above all must have excellent directivity control. The clarity and precision of Outline systems helped a huge amount. In particular, the perfect coverage and stunning depth imaging of the GTO created an irreplaceable tool that was also easy to rig and operate.

He explains: “Building on the engineering legacy of the original Butterfly system – which I’ve used for nine years – GTO benefits from a process of natural evolution that retains the basic design principles and expands them into a new system that provides greater SPL, more control, improved resolution, faster transient response and unrivalled uniformity in long-distance projection. In fact, a GTO element contains ten separate drive units, which produce staggering SPLs in tightly controlled horizontal and vertical dispersion patterns. It was the first time that we’d used GTO and I have to say that so far, it is comfortably the best-sounding system we’ve ever had here – I’ve joined the list of those who say that it’s miles ahead of the best competition.

As well as its rental division, Melodia also has a specific department dedicated to designing permanent installations. In fact, numerous Indonesian churches, concert halls and commercial installations benefit from Outline products’ performance.

The most recent features a Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. system backed up by DBS 18-2 subs at Ballroom 89 (Grand Opening Ceremony, Oct. 29th 2013), located in the splendid Ciputra World shopping mall in Surabaya. This installation will be featured in an up-coming press release.