Bright Norway AS and UK’s Sonalyst have officially become the first rental houses to purchase the new LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement system from Meyer Sound. Having made their debut at Prolight + Sound, the LEOPARD line array loudspeaker and its accompanying 900-LFC low-frequency control element are the smallest and "most versatile" members of Meyer Sound’s flagship LEO family, first launched in 2012.
Following the success with LEO and the smaller LYON in high-profile projects such as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Bright Norway says the new LEOPARD and 900-LFC will help simplify its rental operations. “In a perfect world, audio companies would love to rely on one single model to bring consistency to all its projects, but that’s not possible,” says Asle Nilsen, head of audio at Bright (below, right). “Now with LEOPARD adding to our arsenal of LYON and LEO systems, we have a much more streamlined inventory to bring highly accurate audio reproduction to every project that comes our way.”
For Sonalyst, a leading UK production supplier for comedy and theatre shows (the Monty Python run at the O2 being a recent example), it was all about LEOPARD’s power-to-size ratio and the PA company’s experience with LEO. “Just when we thought that quality in audio production had reached its peak, Meyer Sound released a product representing a giant step forward for the industry,” says Rory Madden, owner of Sonalyst. “We were astonished when we first heard LEO and LYON and we couldn’t be happier to become the first company to bring LEOPARD to the UK.” Rory – or should that be 'Roary'? – is pictured, top, with UK sales manager Roger Harpum (left).
Sonalyst has purchased 48 LEOPARD loudspeakers, 24 900-LFC elements, 12 MJF-210 stage monitors, two Galileo Callisto 616 processors, and two RMServers.
Bright Norway’s order is nearly twice the size: 96 LEOPARD boxes, 24 900-LFC elements, and four Callisto 616 processors, plus 12 LYON linear line loudspeakers and 18 1100-LFC elements.
The systems are expected to ship in June 2015.