UK: The recent Tower Music Festival, held in the grounds of the Tower of London, featured a self-powered Meyer Sound loudspeaker system provided by locally-based company Canegreen. Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, Dave Stewart and the Gypsy Kings were among the acts to appear during the two-week series of shows, reports PSN-e.
The system devised by Canegreen to achieve greatest possible clarity in the outdoor location consisted of two hangs of four MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers and three MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers each, all housed under a covered seating area. Two delay stacks of six MICA cabinets covered the rest of the floor seating, as well as the tiered seating around the FOH position.
Also specified were eight 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers, two MSL-4 horn-loaded long-throw loudspeakers and two UPA-1P compact wide coverage loudspeakers. A Galileo loudspeaker management system supplied system processing and drive.
The venue's congested urban location and the narrow layout created a number of challenges for the Canegreen team, among them the necessity to situate FOH further from the stage than usual. "Being that far from the stage was certainly interesting," noted Mike Savage, the festival house tech and FOH engineer for Dave Stewart. "We were listening to the mains and the delay hangs, as well as reflections from both the tent and the walls."
Meanwhile, the site's strict sonic restrictions led Canegreen special projects coordinator George Breacker to utilise Meyer's MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. "By combining MAPP Online Pro, the Galileo processor and prodigious use of toe in, we were able to control all aspects of a very difficult and problematic venue, and give the visiting engineers a coherent sound source to work with," said Savage.
According to Luther Edmonds, Canegreen's director of operations, the Meyer Sound system coped admirably with the event's logistical challenges and diverse musical line-up. "With such a wide range of artists and musical styles, it was important for us to provide a system that could address everyone's needs," he said. "The MILO/MICA system performed admirably on all fronts. It provided excellent clarity, along with the critical focus needed for the narrow site within the moat."
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