New York, NY (September 12, 2013)—The New York Philharmonic performed a series of five outdoor concerts this summer in Central Park, aided by a Meyer Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.
The Philharmonic’s audio director, Larry Rock, once again performed sound coordination and FOH mixing duties, using the Leo system for his first time.
“It was a new experience,” says Rock. “The Leo system is very powerful—it is particularly clear and efficient in the high-frequency ranges. Also, its throw is rather astonishing. I expect we could have eliminated the first delay ring, or moved it back 50 to 100 feet.”
Two of the shows took place on the Great Lawn in Central Park, with dual main arrays of 12-each Leo-M line array loudspeakers, with a dozen 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements arranged in four cardioid arrays set up in the space. System drive and alignment was provided by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with five Galileo Callisto 616 processors.
To cover the entire audience on the expansive Great Lawn, the stage’s main Leo system was augmented by a delay system which included 18 M3D, 16 Milo, and 26 Mica line array loudspeakers. Twin arrays of 12-each M’elodie line array loudspeakers provided stage side fill.
Sound Associates of Yonkers, N.Y. supplied the delay system and logistical support, with principal designer Robert Hanlon assisted by console tech David Bullard. Robert Gorton assisted Rock at FOH, and Josh Marks was head of sound.
At FOH, Larry Rock mixed behind a Studer Vista 5 digital console, augmented by a Lexicon 300 reverb processor. The orchestra used MK4, MK21, and MK4V Schoeps microphone capsules, as well as several Neumann KM 184 microphones.