The Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider recently embarked on its first tour in nine years, performing mostly in large outdoor stadiums throughout Sweden. For the 19-show tour, Stockholm-based sound provider Starlight provided a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.
“The LEO system was new to me, but I was extremely impressed from the start by its long-throw capabilities,” says Anders Molund, FOH engineer for Gyllene Tider. “The detail of LEO’s sound is very revealing, even at long distances, while the system’s small size and weight are also very beneficial.”
Although this was Molund’s first tour with Gyllene Tider, he has long used Meyer Sound equipment during his many tours with pop rock duo Roxette, which also features Gyllene Tider frontman Per Gessle. It was a logical decision for Molund to choose Meyer Sound again for Gyllene Tider.
“As ever with Meyer Sound, I love the way that different product lines perform well together,” says Molund. “For example, on this tour we used LEO loudspeakers with M3D line array loudspeakers, and were able to get even coverage without any problems.”
Assisted by system engineers Thomas Malbeck and Fredrik Arwidsson of Starlight, Molund mixed on a main system of 16 LEO-M and two MICA® line array loudspeakers per side, while front fill consisted of eight MICA loudspeakers and six JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers. For larger shows, outfill hangs of six M3D line array loudspeakers per side were added. Low end was provided by 24 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in an end-fire array configuration. Drive and alignment were handled by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 processor.
“We carried an additional 12 M3D loudspeakers to use for delay towers, but with LEO’s impressively long throw, we only had to use the delays for a few shows,” says Molund.
The touring system also included DiGiCo SD5 and SD10 consoles, while the band used microphones from beyerdynamic, DPA, Sennheiser, and Shure, as well as an Optocore fiber-based network system.
Best known for its Swedish pop hit “Sommartider,” Gyllene Tider is one of Sweden’s most successful pop acts. Since its 1985 breakup, the band has reunited several times, culminating in this most recent tour.