One hundred years on from hosting its first flights, Hamburg Airport recently celebrated the milestone with a five-stage extravaganza of live music and presentations, relayed by Meyer Sound audio systems.
More than 3,500 attendees witnessed the event – which blended a 30-minute show on airport history and performances by artists hailing from the airport’s many destinations – in the airport’s 6,200 sqm Terminal 1.
The system provided by Hamburg-based Blue Noise for the large central stage comprised 24 M’elodie line array loudspeakers in four arrays, while the four smaller satellite stages each deployed six of the newest (and smallest) member of the MILO family, the MINA line array loudspeaker.
The complete Meyer Sound complement also included bass support from four 700-HP and four 500-HP subwoofers, as well as 18 UPA-1P, four UPJ-1P VariO and four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers. Four UM-1P stage monitors supplied foldback, while a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors provided system drive.
As Blue Noise MD Hendrik Rogel observed, the project was not without its challenges: “The terminal is made of metal, glass, and marble, so we had to avoid sending sound towards these surfaces. The precise and consistent coverage of Meyer Sound’s UltraSeries loudspeakers and MILO family line arrays helped us to fulfill this demand flawlessly.”
Regarding the MINA system, Blue Noise head of sound Sandro Frei added: “Being early adopters, we’ve been working with MINA since October, and we love the transparency and clarity. I was especially impressed by the high gain before feedback. Also, the size fits into the stage designs for smaller industry events, but without loss of the directivity that you normally get only with larger systems.”