This PA of the Day is from Rain Jaudon. Additional information provided by: PA of the Day, Randy Frierson, Adam Shay, & Doug Fowler.
Meyer Sound MICA at the 2010 Deluna Fest on Pensacola Beach, Florida.
A Meyer Sound MICA rig was flown to handle the audio needs of these two side-by-side stages at the 2010 Deluna Fest held on Pensacola Beach in northern Florida. The original spec included 20 MICAs per hang but due to the stage’s scaffolding not being built up high enough only 17 per side were used. There were also 2 delay hangs of 8 Meyer M’elodies per side. When the left stage played the original idea was for only the front fills and bottom cabinets of the far right array to be turned on in order to cover any area that wasn’t covered by the center stack; and vice versa on the right stage. However, after talking with Doug Fowler and Lee Moro from Meyer Sound, the decision was made to run the far array as a full-power mono array. Its coverage did not interfere with the other arrays so if you were in a position between L/R you would hear full stereo at either stage!
Concert Systems Production Group (located in Pensacola) provided the PA which included outsourcing some of the gear as there were 120+ Meyer cabinets, not including the monitor systems. Most of the system planning and alignment was done using Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online Pro software. Power for the Meyer speakers is all internal Meyer amps, and external processing to control all the boxes was done using 3x Meyer Galileo 616s. Audio input from both stages was Y’ed to all of the processors, and a single set of mute controls would silence the ‘non-live’ stage so their crew could do line checks (or soundchecks using local monitors) without making noise in the PA. A Digico SD8 and Avid Profile were used at the 2 FOH locations, and PM5D’s at Monitors for each stage. There were APB MixSwitches with modified 4-way controllers at each FOH position making it possible to have full 4ch (left, right, front fill, sub) switching between the house console or a band’s own consoles.
The artists for the event included 311, STP, Bush, Daughtry, Willie Nelson, Michael Frante w/ Spearhead, and approximately 30 or so other acts throughout the weekend. Everybody sounded great!
Below is a look at the cardioid line array sub configuration. The response shown in the diagram is for 63 Hz. The subs were placed 7 feet apart on center, with the polarity reversed on the upstage subs, and the downstage subs having a 3.5 milliseconds delay. Just as the mains in a full-range line array control the vertical dispersion, this subwoofer line array controls the subs in the horizontal plane. Thus, the low end coverage is perfectly even left to right without the power alley and lobes typical of a left/right sub configuration. The cardioid configuration also helps reduce the sub energy off the back of the array causing very little low end energy affecting the sound on the stage.
*For those readers that may be curious…the reason the subs look to be so far downstage is because the photo was taken prior to a 10 foot stage thrust being installed.
– Meyer 600-HP
– Meyer 700-HP
– Yamaha PM5D
– DiGiCo SD8
– Avid Profile
– Meyer MAPP Online Pro
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