Roar power! Wigwam buys huge Meyer LEO package15 September 2015
Wigwam Acoustics has made a major investment in Meyer Sound’s latest family of sound reinforcement systems.
The Oldham-based PA rental giant’s initial order of 148 cabinets includes LEO, LYON, and LEOPARD line array systems, 1100-LFC and 900-LFC low frequency control elements, and JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers as well as Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management systems – a package that easily runs to a seven-figure sum.
The purchase marks the first time the company has invested in Meyer Sound equipment in around 20 years.
Wigwam co-founders Mick Spratt and Chris Hill (left and centre) and Wigwam managing director Spencer Beard are shown here with part of the new inventory.
“We’ve been impressed with the performance of LEO since its introduction, but we held off investing until now as we wanted a complete family of line arrays sharing the same technology,” says Beard. “With the addition of LYON and now LEOPARD, we can configure systems to scale for any application or venue, from stadiums to smaller theatres.”
Wigwam co-founder Chris Hill notes that most acts that do headline stadium concerts also do numerous promotional shows in a variety of venues. “These shows can be in small auditoria, TV studios or old warehouses, and with the LEO family – LEOPARD in particular – we can assure our clients of consistent results wherever they perform.”
Major touring acts supported by Wigwam Hire include One Direction (the top grossing tour of 2015), Coldplay, and Björk. According to Hill, a strong recommendation from One Direction FOH engineer Mark Littlewood was influential in their investment decision. “Mark had mixed on a LEO system in South America earlier this year and he was extremely impressed,” Hill recalls. “He rang us up and told us he’d never heard any other system with that kind of headroom, vocal clarity and low frequency power.”
Beard continues: “The Meyer system sits well alongside our other systems. As a Group we are in an extremely strong position as we can offer the latest line array packages from four of the leading manufacturers [L-Acoustics, JBL, d&B and Meyer Sound].”
Wigwam’s new LEO family line up comprises 30 LEO-M line array loudspeakers, 32 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, eight LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, and 36 LEOPARD compact linear line array loudspeakers; 24 1100-LFC and 12 900-LFC low frequency control elements; six JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers; and seven Galileo Callisto 616 and three Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors.
Meyer Sound LEOPARD was launched at Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt earlier this year. Wigwam Acoustics has been part of the SSE Audio Group since April 2013.