New York, NY (August 6, 2014)—Meyer Sound’s Leo family and the new Lyon linear line array system just finished touring with Journey and the Steve Miller Band for their 40-city North American tour this summer.
Provided by VER Tour Sound, the system was selected by Journey’s FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski. It was based around dual main hangs of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers with four Lyon loudspeakers under each hang for down fill. Outfill hangs were 10 Lyon loudspeakers each, while four Mina line array loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were used for front fill. To maximize low-end impact for the audience and minimize undesired spill for the musicians on stage, dual flown cardioid arrays of nine-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were supplemented by two cardioid ground stacks of three 1100-LFC loudspeakers each.
A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with six Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplied system delay and optimization. The system was designed by Yakabuski and VER’s Greg Mahler, system tech for the tour. Rob Kern was production manager.
“Journey’s music can get very busy in the midrange, and in some amphitheaters, it can be hard to keep any space in the mix,” says Yakabuski. “With LEO’s amazing accuracy and clarity, I can create space that has a chance of making it through any muck the venue creates. It’s stunning how crystal clear the system sounds in outdoor venues.”
Although most shows took place outdoors, the tour also included two arena shows. “It was a treat to hear this PA and Journey in my favorite concert conditions—arena rock,” continues Yakabuski. “The LEO system shines in arenas, with the top seats every bit as sonically pure as at the FOH position.”
Yakabuski mixed Journey on a DiGiCo SD5 digital console. The touring package also included Sennheiser IEM systems and Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems.