Acclaimed violin soloist David Garrett tours with Meyer Sound

Classical crossover violinist David Garrett recently played a series of shows across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland backed by a Meyer Sound set-up.

German production service specialist POOLgroup provided a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for the tour.

Kai Ulrich, Garrett’s front-of-house engineer, was first attracted to the system’s headroom, which allowes him to eliminate delay loudspeakers for many of the gigs.

“Everything sounds so effortless with LEO,” Ulrich said. “You can really feel the headroom, even though the David Garrett show is not very loud. The first time I used the system I was actually completely overwhelmed by the sound, and I am not at all ‘brand religious.’”

This particular touring system consisted of up to 12 LEO-M line array speakers per side, along with 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. The concerts also required six MICA line array loudspeakers for downfill, four UPQ-1P units for in fill and out fill, as well as six UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers for near fill. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system, featuring five Galileo Callisto 616 processors, was chosen for control and optimisation.

Digico SD7 desks were set up at both FOH and monitors, while Garrett’s violin was run through a Lexicon PCM 90 reverberator and an SPL Frontliner valve preamp for added warmth and texture. DPA microphones were chosen for all string instruments.

“The tour went extremely well, and the LEO system was a big part of that success,” Ulrich concluded. “It was absolutely the best choice for these shows.”

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