The event also marked the introduction of KiAN Concert Sound Services' new LEOT large-scale sound reinforcement system from Meyer Sound.
Pulling more than 12,000 fervent fans into Vancouver's cavernous BC Place,
as the region's largest-ever electronic dance music concert. The event also
marked the introduction of KiAN Concert Sound Services' new LEOT large-scale
sound reinforcement system from Meyer Sound.
In its first deployment, KiAN's LEO system made a remarkable impression on
Bud Wandrei, director of production in Western Canada for Live Nation,
co-promoters of the event. "I loved it," Wandrei remarks. "It sounded
fantastic. BC Place is a very difficult venue, but the sound seemed to come
together in no time. And the coverage was outstanding. At the far end, you
could hear just as well as right up front."
To cover the stadium's vast surface area of nearly 110 meters long by 85
meters wide with full-force sound, the core LEO system included twin 15-each
arrays of LEO-MT line array loudspeakers. Low-end support came from 12
1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, supplemented by 24 700-HP
subwoofers, with core system optimization supplied by a GalileoR CallistoT
loudspeaker management system with four Callisto 616 processors and a
Galileo 616 AES master processor. For side-hangs, cross-fills, and delays,
KiAN deployed an additional complement of 32 MILOR line array loudspeakers,
five MSL-6 loudspeakers and a second Galileo 616 processor.
"Everybody was blown away by the power and clarity of the LEO system during
the show," comments Derek Mahaffey, general manager of KiAN. "Obviously
electronic dance music is extremely demanding on the low end, and the 1100s
combined with the 700-HPs did a fantastic job." Mahaffey states that LEO's
auspicious debut has already spurred interest, with bookings anticipated for
several winter arena shows and summer festivals.
Mark Reimann, KiAN's president, expects LEO to boost his company's profile
as a major tour provider: "We'd like to get back to working more with
international touring acts, and I think LEO will help make that happen.
"If you want a system that will last for 20 or 30 years, you want to buy the
best," continues Reimann. "Today, for large-scale line arrays, that means
LEO. Meyer Sound technology is leaps and bounds beyond the rest of the
The Contact Winter Music Festival was produced by Blueprint Events in
partnership with Live Nation Canada. Other featured electronic artists were
Nero, Alesso, Chris Lake, and Lazy Rich.
Established in 1974, KiAN Concert Sound Services Ltd. of Richmond, BC
provides a full range of sound and lighting rentals for concerts and
corporate events, with a list of touring credits ranging from Roy Orbison
and Luciano Pavarotti to Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. The company also
offers comprehensive sound and lighting design and installation services for
theaters, clubs, and casinos.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world.