South Africa (June 3, 2009)–Any parent will tell you that High School Musical is virtually inescapable, but if you needed proof, Meyer Sound loudspeakers were recently part of a production of HSM in South Africa.
Things can get complicated enough when one musical has to travel to multiple venues. When two concurrently running productions had to swap venues in South Africa in the spring, a Meyer Mica and M’elodie line array loudspeaker system proved essential in making it happen.
Johannesburg-based AVL installer Prosound was involved in moving HSM from the Artscape theatre in Cape Town to the Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg, and another production, Beauty and the Beast, in the other direction to the Artscape theatre from the Montecasino Teatro. “The consistency of the M’elodie system makes my work as the sound designer that much easier-I can concentrate on excellent sound without battling the PA,” says Mark Malherbe, sound designer for Prosound. “Meyer Sound was instrumental in achieving the ideal system design for each venue while minimizing hardware changes for the productions in a limited timeframe.”
An upbeat pop show, High School Musical featured a 10-piece live band that had to work with spoken lines and sound effects. “This is based on a TV movie and there is plenty of underscoring, so the challenge is to keep all dialogue clean, clear, and above the music,” Malherbe explains. “The Meyer Sound M’elodie provided plenty of headroom to allow for some pretty big moments, and to get the show over the screaming audience.
“The M’elodie line array was used in the Cape Town venue,” Malherbe continues, “which seats approximately 1,250 people, and the system size suited both productions electro-acoustically and physically. The larger 1,950-person venue in Johannesburg used Mica. The matching audio signatures of the boxes ensured minimal EQ changes from venue to venue, and allowed for the increased power required.”
In Johannesburg’s Teatro, the M’elodie line array was supplemented by Meyer Sound CQ-2 loudspeakers, M1D line array loudspeakers, UPQ-2P loudspeakers, and 700-HP subwoofers. Meanwhile, in Cape Town’s Artscape, the Mica was joined by Meyer Sound CQ-1 loudspeakers, M1D line array loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers, M3D-Sub directional subwoofers, UPM-1P loudspeakers, and legacy UM-1C monitors. Dual Galileo(tm) loudspeakers management systems helped Prosound maintain complete control in each venue.
The new Meyer Sound UPQ-2P loudspeakers came in particularly handy for Malherbe in Cape Town, where he needed vocal projection to the rear seats using a loudspeaker box with the lowest profile possible. “The UPQ-2P worked like a charm,” he says. “I ended up with exceptionally even and consistent vocal coverage across the entire rear area while still being able to maintain correct imagery.”