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Showtec exhibits Meyer at Museumsplatz

Showtec provided a custom Meyer Sound system for Germany’s Museumsplatz Bonn festival including line arrays and a cardioid formation of subwoofers, writes Paul Watson

Cologne headquartered rental company Showtec provided a custom Meyer Sound system including MICA line array loudspeakers and a cardioid formation of 700-HP subs to ensure controlled audio coverage was achieved at Germany’s Museumsplatz Bonn festival which began in May and runs until the middle of September. Up to 8,000 people per show have been treated to an eclectic blend of music over the last three months including standout performances from Roxy Music, supported by Fun Lovin’ Criminals on September 1st; and the unmistakeable Max Raabe and The Palast Orchester (pictured), who delivered a bizarrely austere set of songs dating from the time of the Weimar Republic, at their show on 21 August 21. Other acts that have performed this year include Norah Jones, Joe Cocker and Jeff Beck. The concert space was located close to residential areas and offices – and only partially under cover. Because of this – and the city’s strict SPL limitations – the sound crew had quite a job on their hands in keeping audio coverage consistent. “It is vital that production companies not only provide sound but also comply with the security and noise pollution rules,” says Meyer Sound Germany’s CEO Jim Sides. “It’s a difficult balancing act, but one that Showtec met with ease by utilising the tools supplied by Meyer Sound.” The Meyer Sound PA system consisted of two hangs of eight MICAs, four UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers for frontfill; one UPA-1P loudspeaker for outfill; six MSL-4 loudspeakers for underfill; and two arrays of four 700-HPs in a cardioid formation for the subs. Showtec supplied most of the FOH and monitor consoles for the shows which were by DiGiCo: D5s; SD8s; and SD9s. Using Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online and Galileo systems, sound engineer and designer Helge Schaffer was able to cover the first 12 metres of the audience with the MSL-4s; the rest was covered by the MICA arrays. At the low end especially, Schaffer says achieving the right sound directivity and control was equally as important as generating the power. “Together with the 700-HPs in a cardioid setup, we are able to target the sound towards the audience only,” he explains. “The audience experiences clear and powerful sound, the musicians have less low frequencies on stage, and we successfully avoided spilling sound towards the residential areas.” Festival promoter Martin J. Notzel says that complying with the legal requirements was imperative. “This is the only way to ensure the future of an open-air site in the middle of a city,” claims Notzel. “An accurate sound reproduction is also important for the audience’s concert experience; Meyer Sound and Showtec delivered on both counts.” The final show will take place on September 17th and will be headlined by Culcha Candela with support from Martin & Jondo.