Used in place of traditional subwoofers, the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element is a self-powered loudspeaker defined by its sonic linearity in reproducing low-frequency transients at high, continuous levels with very low distortion over an operating range of 28 Hz to 100 Hz.
The crowds got up and danced when George Relles Sound fired up six Meyer
shipped-at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, Ore. The formidable linear bass
reinforcement systems, working underneath MICAR line arrays, made their
debut in early July concerts by Ben Harper and the Dukes of September Rhythm
Revue (Donald Fagan, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs).
"The main reason I bought the 1100-LFCs was to get more power with a smaller
truck pack," admits George Relles, owner of the Eugene, Ore.-based rental
and installation company. "But I was pleasantly surprised at how good they
sound. It's a quality hard to put into words, but they have a bigger feel,
with more warmth and purity."
Used in place of traditional subwoofers, the 1100-LFC low-frequency control
element is a self-powered loudspeaker defined by its sonic linearity in
reproducing low-frequency transients at high, continuous levels with very
low distortion over an operating range of 28 Hz to 100 Hz.
For the Britt Festivals, 1100-LFC loudspeakers are arranged three per side
in a cardioid configuration on the stage. "There's nowhere else to put the
subs," says Relles, "and that's often a problem because they're usually
sitting right in front of monitor world. Fortunately, with the 1100-LFC's
linear response, the rear cancellation is astonishing. There's solid bass
300 feet up the hill, but from behind you can't really tell if they're
The low-frequency improvements have stimulated crowd enthusiasm and earned
positive comments from the first FOH engineers to mix with them.
"I really liked them," says Joseph Walsh, who was behind the Avid Profile
for a non-stop 2.5-hour soulful set by the Dukes of September. "At sound
check, when we first turned them on, I looked at my systems tech and said,
'Wow, these are really tight, right out of the box.'"
The balance of the Meyer Sound system comprises nine MICA line array
loudspeakers per side, two each JM-1P and UPA-1P loudspeakers for front
fill, a CQ-1 loudspeaker for corner fill, and two UPM-1P loudspeakers for
delay. The same basic system will be in place through the rest of the
season, with upcoming performances scheduled by-among others-Ziggy Marley,
Michael Franti, the Avett Brothers, Diana Krall, Slightly Stoopid, and Huey
Lewis and the News.
George Relles Sound has been the principal audio reinforcement provider for
the Britt Festivals since 1980, and has employed Meyer Sound systems
exclusively since 1986.
"The Britt" (as it is known locally) is the oldest summer performing arts
festival in the Pacific Northwest, beginning as a classical-only festival in
1963. The Britt Festival Orchestra remains in residence each August, with an
eclectic variety of pop, rock, country, and world music acts taking the
stage in June, July, and September.
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.