“The GTO was already a winner on paper, due to the box containing superior components: four 3″ (HF), four 8″ (MF), and two 15″ (LF) all in a single enclosure. However it was only when I worked with the system for the first time in front of a 700,000-strong audience that I realized that the GTO was not only far superior on paper, but also compared with anything else I had ever worked with.”
GTO – The world’s most powerful line array system featuring the world famous Dual parabolic waveguide
Outline’s concept for GTO is to produce a large format line-source loudspeaker system that is flexible, adaptable, easy to use and which provides audio performance that meets the demands of the most discerning engineers, rental companies and production managers.
GTO is an acronym for Grand Touring Outline, which describes our concept of a system engineered specifically for large-scale sound reinforcement applications. In 2002 we launched the Butterfly system which contained a number of unique Outline engineering concepts, and which has brought us many new friends and customers around the world.
GTO benefits from a process of natural evolution which retains the basic design principles, proven within the Butterfly project, and expands them into a new system which provides greater SPL, more control, improved resolution, faster transient response and unrivaled uniformity in long-distance projection.
One of the essential design elements retained from Butterfly is the V-shaped front baffle, for which Outline was awarded an international design patent in 2002, and to which we refer as the ‘V-Power Concept’. This ground-breaking design allows individual sound sources to be positioned, when coupled in an array, much closer together than in conventional line-source systems. This facilitates superior acoustical coupling between high-frequency modules thus producing a smooth yet extended HF response. It also creates the ideal ‘unbroken baffle’ shape through an array which minimises diffraction and deterioration of the mid-high frequencies, thus contributing to the far-field performance of the system.
GTO cabinets contain ten transducers in a compact cabinet with an internal volume of just 340 litres (74.79 gals). It features four 3-inch diaphragm compression drivers, each loaded with our patented D.P.R.W.G. (first used in Butterfly), and whose combined output is channelled through a single output slot. Four 8-inch drivers produce the midrange frequencies, which are output via the same horizontal dispersion waveguide as the HF. Two 15-inch cone transducers generate the low frequency range, providing tremendous depth, articulation and fast transient response.
Despite the very high concentration of individual transducers within a GTO cabinet, we have managed to keep the weight down to just 96 kg (212 lb). The design contains a number of weight-saving components, but the greatest contribution to this success is the use of a space-age aluminium alloy from the aerospace industry, which we have used for the integrated flying hardware in preference to steel. This innovation reduces the per cabinet weight of the hardware by 66%, yet is strong enough to fly up to 24 GTO cabinets with a total weight of 2.4 tons. The splay angle between GTO cabinets is adjustable between 0° and 5° in 0.5° increments, with the addition of a 0.25° position intended for the uppermost cabinets in an array to provide additional control in far-field performance. Since the splay angle between cabinets affects the physical distance between drive units, the overall performance of a line-source system demands precise control over these parameters. A goniometer (a splay angle indicator), which is integral to the cabinet flying hardware, allows precise adjustment of the angle between individual cabinets which is then locked by insertion of a captive steel pin.
For Downfill applications, we have specifically designed the GTO-DF. This modular cabinet gives 25 degrees of coverage in the vertical plane and attaches by using the same rigging hardware. If upward system coverage is required, it is possible to mount Butterfly and Mantas cabinets above the main flying frame. Both these solutions provide adequate coverage in venues where a very large vertical dispersion is required.
Heavy-duty frame to rig up to 24 GTO elements
Light-weight frame to rig up to 9 GTO elements from a single 1-ton motor or 9 GTO and 1 GTO-DF
Down-fill adaptor to rig 4 Butterfly or 5 Mantas underneath GTO or GTO C-12
Down-fill adaptor to rig up to 5 Mantas 28 underneath GTO or GTO C-12
Pair of up-fill adaptors for FRM-GTO2 (suitable for Butterfly and Mantas)
Weather protection cover for 3 GTO cabinets stacked on trolley XI
Wheeled trolley for 3 GTO cabinets
Flight case for a single GTO main-frame (FRM-GTO2)
Trolley housing two FRM-GTO-LW with a strap to hold the frames
Weather protection cover for two FRM-GTO-LW
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE (-10 dB)||35 Hz – 18 kHz|
|AVERAGE DISPERSION||Horizontal: 90°
Vertical: Depending on array configuration
|IMPEDANCE||Low: 2 x 8 Ω (min 2 x 6.5 Ω)
Mid: 8 Ω (min 6.8 Ω)
High: 16 Ω (min 15.3 Ω)
|POWER – WAES||Low: 2 x 600 (2 x 2400 peak)
Mid: 800 (3200 peak)
High: 500 (2000 peak)
|MAX SHORT-TERM SPL @ 1 m, free-field*||149.5 dB SPL|
|LOUDSPEAKERS AND LOADING||Low: 2 x 15″ NdFeB Hybrid band-pass loaded woofers
Mid: 4 x 8″ NdFeB partially horn loaded mid woofers
High: 4 x 3″ diaphragm NdFeB compression driver loaded by 2 double D.P.R.W.G.
|WEIGHT – SINGLE UNIT||96 kg (212 lb)|
|DIMENSIONS (Net)||Height: 465 mm (18 5/16″)
Width: 1126 mm (44 11/32″)
Depth: 655 mm (25 25/32″)
|DIMENSIONS (With Pins)||Height: 465 mm (18 5/16″)
Width: 1181 mm (46 1/2″)
Depth: 655 mm (25 25/32″)
|* calculated using +10 dB crest-factor signal|