LEO is definitely raising the bar for how live music should be appreciated.
For three days in August, an estimated 100,000 fans converged at the
Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Metallica, and Foo Fighters, this year's
impeccable lineup at the Lands End main stage was supported by Meyer Sound's
freshly unveiled LEOT linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. LEO's
exceptional fidelity made an instant impression on many attending industry
professionals who encountered LEO for the first time, including Another
Planet, producer of Outside Lands.
"Faithfully reproducing music for 65,000 is no easy task, but the Meyer
Sound LEO system this year did an incredible job," states Gregg Perloff, CEO
of Another Planet Entertainment. "Legends like Neil Young and Stevie Wonder
sounded better than I had ever heard them before, and LEO also made it easy
for sound crews to do their job. LEO is definitely raising the bar for how
live music should be appreciated."
To cover the main audience area to a distance well past the first delay
tower, more than 275 feet from the stage, sound provider Pro
Media/UltraSound of Hercules, Calif. erected two main arrays of 15-each
LEO-M line array loudspeakers at one end of Golden Gate Park's oval Polo
Field. Equally potent bass power was produced through side arrays of 12-each
1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and a center grouping of 10 700-HP
subwoofers, all in cardioid configurations. Six MICAR line array
loudspeakers were used as downfills under the LEO-M arrays, along with dual
out fills of 10 MICA loudspeakers each.
Big Mick Hughes, long-time FOH engineer for Metallica, mixed his first live
show on a LEO system at this year's Outside Lands. "The Metallica kick drum
uses a considerable amount of high frequencies in order to create the attack
required. There are parts in the show where the volume of the kick can hit a
typical system's high-frequency limiters. To my amazement this was not the
case with LEO," says Hughes. "LEO is such a unique animal. I think it's a
really exciting time for people to be able to hear things in this manner for
the first time. LEO is going to make engineers expect more from all speaker
Two delay towers (a second at 500 feet) each held 16 MILOR line array
loudspeakers as dual hangs of eight, while CQ-1, CQ-2, MSL-4, and UPA-1P
loudspeakers were deployed for, respectively, front fill, VIP stands, and a
VIP tent. System drive and alignment were supplied by a GalileoR CallistoT
loudspeaker management system with four Callisto 616 and two Galileo 616
Pro Media/UltraSound also provided a full complement of Meyer Sound MJF-212A
stage monitors, dual hangs of five MILO loudspeakers per side as side fills
with a pair of 700-HP subs, as well as the Avid D-Show FOH console used by
some opening acts. Additional headliner-supplied consoles were by DiGiCo
(SD5, SD7, and SD8), Midas (Heritage 3000, XL-8), and Yamaha PM-5D.
Derek Featherstone, Pro Media/UltraSound's VP of tour and rental division,
headed technical planning and coordination. "We were all impressed with how
quickly the system came together sonically and how much headroom there was,"
says Featherstone. "With this amount of power, the 1100-LFC had no problem
keeping up with the LEO-Mcabinets."
Jason Mills served as FOH system engineer; Tom Lyon as system tech; Ian
Dubois as crew chief; Tony Norris and Rick Stansby as stage techs; Nick Abru
as tower tech; Sean McAdams as PA tech; and Nathan Harlow as overnight
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
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