HUNGARY: Meyer Sound loudspeakers were in evidence once again at this year’s Sziget Festival in Budapest, reports Dave Robinson. Continuing the US manufacturer’s long-term association with the festival, Meyer Sound loudspeakers were employed throughout the five-day live music spectacular.
With a total audience of 390,000, the 17th annual Sziget Festival incorporated some 200 performances across 15 stages. Headliners included Faith No More, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and Placebo.
A critical component in making the festival run smoothly is the self-powered sound systems from Meyer Sound. As B_la Dud_s, the Festival’s technical director, explains: “Besides quality and reliability, the ease of installation and operation of Meyer Sound equipment are very important considerations when planning for a festival. Set-up and teardown needs to be swift and with Meyer’s self-powered technology and QuickFly rigging, that is a given.”
The large number of Meyer Sound loudspeakers needed for the festival exceeded the inventory of Budapest’s Expander 2000 Ltd, the festival’s main sound provider. As in previous years, Expander turned to UK-based Capital Sound, a long time partner and Meyer Sound dealer to supply the MILOs, 700-HPs and MICAs.
“We really enjoy working with the crew at Sziget. The system design, installation and tuning they do is amazing,” said Paul Timmins, project manager at Capital Sound. “The new generation of system people is well-educated and ambitious. The level of the festival crew is top-tier.”
The loudspeaker set-up met with the approval of visiting engineers and audience members. According to Placebo sound engineer Ian Nelson, “the Sziget system exceeded my expectations of what Meyer speakers are capable of. In fact, I found that I needed to do an almost unheard-of act: turn the subs down! I’ve worked with most of the current speaker systems over the 2009 festival season. Mixing on MILO again cemented our decision to carry a Meyer system on our forthcoming autumn arena tour, again.”
As in previous years, Meyer Sound’s European Technical Support team collaborated with Sziget’s audio group to provide technical training to technicians and engineers on the design and on the ground.
“The reason MILOs keep coming back year after year to the main stage – and other stages as well – is their wide acceptance in the audio industry and the consistent performance we have had every year in all kinds of conditions,” said Pignon, chief of the sound crew for the main stage. “The clarity of the MILOs always amazes me, and all that with the exceptional power and consistent coverage.”
“The low-end we are getting from the 700-HP makes even the most particular engineer happy,” added Marci Mezei, system engineer of the main stage. “And the M3D delays carry the punch up to 150 metres away from the stage. That is quite an experience for the fans and for us as well!”
Meanwhile, DiGiCo also had a strong showing at Sziget, with D5, SD8, D1 and MR2 consoles present at select stages.
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