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Meyer’s Panther does the Mathematics in Asia

Meyer’s Panther does the Mathematics in Asia
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Meyer’s Panther does the Mathematics in Asia

Asia:

Meyer Sound’s Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker systems have been deployed for concerts in India and Japan as Ed Sheeran continues on his + – = ÷ x (Mathematics) tour. Sheeran played Japanese dates at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome and the Tokyo Dome in late January before appearing at Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Racecourse in mid-March. This was his second appearance in India after first performing there in 2017.

Launched in early 2022, the Panther system was designed by a team at Meyer Sound led by engineering director, acoustical and mechanical, Katie Murphy, with input from Sheeran’s production director, Chris Marsh. Following discussions between Marsh and Lars Brogaard from Sheeran’s PA provider, Major Tom, the design focused on the need for weight reduction and a compact profile to suit high production sets that require unobtrusive yet powerful sound reinforcement and demands for carbon footprint reductions.

Consisting of 128 Panther cabinets, the system for the in-the-round show at Mahalaxmi Racecourse was supplied by a conglomeration of rental companies that currently own Panther in India: Total Multimedia (New Delhi), Phoenix Networks (Bhopal), Friends of Shiva (Kolkata) and PP Sound and Rane Brothers (Mumbai). The collaboration was managed by Meyer Sound’s Indian distributor, Sun Infonet.

“As most of our Panther partners were outside of Mumbai, they had to send equipment well in advance to reach the venue in time for unloading,” explained Kallol Nath from Sun Infonet’s application team. “We needed to assure Chris Marsh, who designed this tour, that our partners could provide the system in time and in the required quantity. Chris was extremely happy to find our partners cooperative and enthusiastic to experience the workflow and ethics of this international tour.”

The PA system was deployed to provide 360° stereo imaging at four points around the circular, revolving stage. “Mumbai was our only Indian stop on our Middle East and Asia tour, and we brought our scaled in-the-round show with us,” explained Marsh. “We were unable to carry everything with us due to restrictions in how much equipment we could freight between territories, and the PA system was one thing that we needed to source locally.”

The main sound system for the Asian leg centered around a box truss with two 16-cabinet Panther arrays flown from each of the four corners, flanking 10 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements to give a total of 128 Panther cabinets and 40 1100-LFCs. A stage system of 22 Leopard cabinets supplemented with 18 ground-stacked 1100-LFCs provided front fill. Nine Galileo Galaxy 816 processors were also supplied by the event partners to provide system control. All rigging was carried out by Major Tom’s technical team.

“One of the main criteria for the tours since we started 11 years ago was that Ed has to be heard clearly at every seat in the venue,” commented Marsh. “I’ve always been impressed by how well Meyer Sound’s Leo arrays could bring that sense of intimacy to the back rows of stadiums. And in that regard, I was surprised at how Panther, a lighter and smaller box, could do the same.”

The Mathematics tour continues across Europe throughout the summer before ending in Rio de Janeiro in September.

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