Belgian sound company Stage Unit, based in Heist-op-den-Berg, in Antwerp province, has invested in the country's first Meyer Sound LEOPARD linear sound-reinforcement system. Since taking delivery of its LEOPARD system, the hire/sales outfit has deployed the system for a number of events, including the 10,000-person Hestival, a free annual music event in Heist-op-den-Berg.
“The LEOPARD system raised sound quality for Hestival to a new level, and coverage across the site was very even,” says Toon Van der Veken, Stage Unit's MD (pictured, right, with stage unit project manager Karl Van Noyen). “Even at the back of the audience area—nearly 90 metres away—the sound was still balanced, full and enjoyable. The system scored 100 per cent in every respect. The organisers said it was the best sounding system in the 11-year history of Hestival.”
The LEOPARD was launched at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt in April 2015. Rental houses Bright Norway and the UK's Sonalyst were the first customers (see Bright Norway and Sonalyst spotted buying LEOPARDs).
“LEOPARD offers power and performance that put it in a whole different league,” continues Van der Veken. “Its small footprint means we can use it for applications where we have size and weight restrictions, yet it has the power to handle larger venues as well. That tremendous flexibility gives us a competitive edge when approaching new clients.”
Stage Unit’s purchase includes 16 LEOPARD linear line-array loudspeakers, eight 900-LFC low-frequency control elements and a Galileo Callisto 616 array processor. It adds to its current Meyer Sound inventory of MICA and M’elodie line-array loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers and more.