Since delivery of its new Meyer Sound LEOPARD™ line array loudspeaker system, Nashville-based Mid-Coast Sound has seen an immediate growth in its live sound business on the home turf and in events stretching from Kentucky to Mississippi. The team expects the power-to-size ratio of LEOPARD to play a major role in the company’s future projects.
“For most events we do, LEOPARD is just about the perfect loudspeaker,” says Bruce Bossert, owner of Mid-Coast Sound. “To use a boxing analogy, it punches way above its weight. It has the horsepower of most competitive boxes weighing twice as much. It allows us to support large-format events in buildings where it would be a struggle to fly other systems.”
Mid-Coast has used its LEOPARD system at the Silver Star Convention Center in Philadelphia, Miss. for artists such as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Merle Haggard, and Styx. The system has also supported artists such as Los Lobos at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom as part of the Americana Music Festival, as well as Hillvue Heights Church’s Godstock festival in Lucas, Ky.
“Pound for pound, it’s the best box I’ve ever used,” says Duane Tabinski of Mid-Coast Sound, who serves as systems tech for the shows. “The output is incredible, and you hear detail that you just don’t hear with other systems.”
Blaine Musgrove, entertainment manager for the Silver Star Convention Center, has heard practically every other competitive system in the room, and was taken aback at how well the modestly sized arrays covered the venue’s 2,500 seats. “After hearing LEOPARD support two totally different types of music, I absolutely fell in love with the rig,” he says. “It filled the room beautifully, and once Duane tuned the rig we had no bounce-back from the hard, low ceiling. It was just amazing how clear it sounded.”
Mid-Coast worked in partnership with the Silver Star Convention Center’s principal audio vendor Stagelite Sound to provide LEOPARD for the shows. The venue is part of the larger Pearl River Resort, a complex of hotels, casinos, and recreation sites developed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
The smallest, most versatile member of Meyer Sound’s flagship LEO® Family, the patent-pending LEOPARD loudspeaker boasts extraordinary power-to-size ratio with ultra-low distortion, with default low-mid array compensation for utmost simplicity out of the box. LEOPARD adds to Mid-Coast’s Meyer Sound inventory of MILO® and MINA™ line array loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers, and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements.