New York, NY (September 8, 2017)—VER Tour Sound has been on the road since January with Dierks Bentley, bringing the country music star’s tunes to arenas and amphitheaters via the first AVB-networked Meyer Sound Leo touring rig on the road.
The Leo system being used is digitally interconnected by a Galileo Galaxy networked platform using AVB/TSN Ethernet-based networking protocol for a reason. "On this tour, I wanted to have more flexibility and more distribution options to the stage," says James "Pugsley" McDermott, who doubles as the tour's FOH mixer and systems engineer. "With our old setup, we didn't have a one-box, one protocol solution. Now, with Galaxy and AVB, I have all my digital signals on a single fiber optic line and I have four more channels of analog backup. But the real selling point for Galaxy was the move up to the 96 kHz sampling and high bit-depth processing. The difference in sonic quality and dynamic range is huge."
Galileo Galaxy, Meyer Sound's first fully networkable loudspeaker processor, incorporates a new generation of FGPA processing with up to 64-bit resolution at 96 kHz sampling rate with a latency of reportedly 0.6 ms analog input to analog output. Processing and alignment tools include U-shaping and parametric EQ, cross-point delay matrix and improved delay integration.
Comprising six Galaxy 816 processors—two at front of house and two each stage left and right—the Galileo Galaxy network platform is at the heart of an extensive Leo Family system supplied by VER Tour Sound of Nashville. For large arena and shed shows the left-right arrays are, per side, 12 Leo loudspeakers over four underhung Lyon loudspeakers, with twin outfill arrays of 16-each Leopard line array loudspeakers. For bass impact, six 1100-LFC low-frequency control units are flown in cardioid configuration per side, with four stacks of three 1100-LFC in cardioid on stage. Four UPQ-1P and four UPA-1P loudspeakers are deployed as front and corner fills.