Stage Unit of Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium has become the first Belgian sound provider to invest in a Meyer Sound LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement system. Since taking delivery of LEOPARD, Stage Unit 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," reports Toon Van der Veken, managing director for Stage Unit. "Even at the back of the audience area—nearly 90 meters away—the sound was still balanced, full, and enjoyable. The system scored 100 percent in every respect. The organizers said it was the best sounding system in the 11-year history of Hestival."
According to Van der Veken, Stage Unit's LEOPARD investment is not only keeping his long-established clients happy, but is also helping to compete for new ones. "LEOPARD offers power and performance that put it in a whole different league," he says. "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.
"The amount of power and punch coming from the 900-LFC is amazing for such a small speaker," says Van der Veken. "At Hestival, we lined them up in a delayed arc for directional effect, and had uniform low end throughout the audience with no lobing."Stage Unit's LEOPARD purchase adds to its current Meyer Sound inventory of MICA and M'elodie line array loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers, and more