Meyer Sound LYON System at Boston Calling Festival

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The 1975 performs on the Red Stage at the 2014 Boston Calling Festival.

Rainbow Production Services, based in Atkinson, N.H., provided Meyer Sound systems for the two main stages at the Boston Calling Music Festival, which was held on September 5, 6 and 7 at City Hall Plaza. The Red Stage saw a LYON linear sound reinforcement system, while the Blue Stage featured 28 MILO loudspeakers, 24 700-HP subwoofers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers for front fill, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors. Stage side-fill comprised two 700-HP subwoofers and three MICA line array loudspeakers per side.

Rainbow Production Services also supplied each stage with two Avid VENUE Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, as well as eight channels each of Shure UHF-R wireless microphones and Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 systems.

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“That rig really rocked,” says Carl Davino, FOH engineer for The Replacements, who mixed the band on the Red Stage. “LYON has transparent highs, broad and articulate mids, and adjustable low-mids to handle any desired punch. The band’s performance was outstanding as well, and with that combination I felt like I could take the audience anywhere I wanted.”

Along with The Replacements, performers on the Red Stage included Lorde and The 1975, while the Blue Stage featured headliners Nas with The Roots, The National, and Childish Gambino.

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The Red Stage’s 24 LYON linear line array loudspeakers were augmented by 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and three 700-HP subwoofers, plus four UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers for front fills. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors provided system drive and optimization. Stage foldback was supplied by 10 MJF-212A and four MJF-210 stage monitors.

The LYON system helped solve an acoustical challenge at the Red Stage, according to Scott Tkachuk, CTO and touring operations director for Atkinson, N.H.-based Rainbow Production Services, and system designer for both stages.

“The stage was aimed at City Hall, 400 feet away, with huge reflective surfaces,” explains Tkachuk. “Yet the system still had to cover the VIP section in front of the building, almost 200 feet away. The way LYON handled it was amazing. The sound in the VIP section was clear and comfortably loud, with full bandwidth. We also had all the control we needed to minimize any annoying buildup from reflections.”

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