Jason Derulo's '2Sides' world tour production manager Rick Wright Jr was 'blown away' by Meyer Sound's LEO system, which was supplied by UK-based company Wigwam Acoustics.
Wright has mixed Derulo’s live shows since 2014, and the Meyer Sound rig was a reprise of what he had experienced at Derulo's previous European tour. He had also experienced Meyer Sound's LYON system during a Steve Miller Band performance when working for Show Systems in Orlando. "I was blown away by the power and clarity" Wright commented.
“I decided to go with LEO Family again because sonically this PA has everything I’m looking for. The high end is very controlled, and the low-mids translate smoothly and evenly throughout the largest arenas. You never have the problem of getting 200 feet out and having the sound fall apart. It’s coherent out to the far seats across the full frequency range.”
Meanwhile, in the large arena configuration, the LEO Family allowed deployment of 11 LEO over four LYON line array loudspeakers, with 24 additional LYON plus 16 LEOPARD line array loudspeakers available for side hangs and front fills. Bass impact was supplied by dual flown cardioid arrays of six-each 900-LFC low frequency control elements along with floor-stacked, 3-high cardioid arrays of 12 total 1100-LFC low frequency control elements. For stage side fill, three LEOPARD line arrays were flown under a single 900-LFC.
Wright is in charge of mixing Derulo behind a Digico SD7 augmented by his hand-picked outboard gear, including three Midas XL-48 preamps and Universal Audio Apollo interfaces. The vocal chain for Derulo includes a Neve 1073 preamp, an Empirical Labs Distressor and a Manley Vox Box. Derulo currently favours a Telefunken M81 capsule on his Shure wireless handheld, though Wright has experimented with an SE V7 capsule and is also considering a DPA d:facto capsule.
“I’m always experimenting with front end gear, always trying to get a better sound,” commented Wright. “And that’s another thing I like about this Meyer PA. When I try something new at front-of-house, I can immediately tell if it’s better or worse. It’s the perfect litmus test.”
Wigwam Acoustics had previously supplied the LEO Family rig for the Derulo's 2016 tour, which is why Wright contacted Wigwam contracts manager Geoff Muir when the 2018 tour was initially proposed. “Geoff has been incredibly responsive to whatever I need, even when I call in the middle of the night!” Wright commented. “We had originally scheduled this tour in March, and when I rescheduled for the fall I was still working on what I wanted for front-of-house just a week out. When I finally decided, they had it all prepped in the shop and ready to go the next day. So, nothing but thumbs up and pats on the back to Wigwam.”
The European leg of Derulo’s '2Sides' tour kicked off this year on September 19 and wrapped up on October 30, with a total of 27 shows taking place across Ireland, the UK and western and eastern Europe.