Bryan Adams Rocks Dubai with Meyer Sound MAPP Online Pro and M3D
Unlike many similar acts that got their start in the 80s, rocker Bryan Adams has enjoyed well more than his obligatory 15 minutes of fame. Starting out as a songwriter, Adams broke out as a solo artist with a no-frills throwback sound on albums like Cuts Like a Knife, Reckless and 1991's smash hit Waking up the Neighbours. Adams is now on a world tour to support his latest projects, including his new album Room Service, and a concert DVD.
The tour's Middle East leg wrapped up with a one-night engagement in the United Arab Emirates's Dubai City, where he filled the 5,000-seat Dubai Tennis Stadium. Local rental firm Artes Audio-Visual kept everything running smoothly with technical crew and services, including a large audio system from longtime partner Meyer Sound Laboratories. Avril Rodrigues, head of Artes's Audio Department, explains that the size of the crowd dictated that Artes turn to the "big gun": the M3D line array loudspeaker. "With a 95 percent turnout, the venue demanded high sound pressure levels," Rodrigues says, "which were smoothly delivered by the Meyer M3D system."
The backbone of the system was 16 M3D cabinets, coupled with eight M3D-Sub directional subwoofers for very low end, and six CQ-2 narrow coverage main loudspeakers for frontfill. Rodrigues designed the cabinet placement and overall configuration of the system using Meyer Sound's MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software. This let Rodrigues quickly experiment with several approaches to counteracting the arena's notorious acoustical problems, including inconvenient rigging locations that encourage already problematic echoes. "I normally use MAPP Online Pro to predict dispersion, impulse response, and so forth. Let me tell you, MAPP is a blessing to all Meyer users."
However, being an outdoor show, there were other obstacles to making the show a smooth presentation, notes Meyer Sound associate "dB Dave" Dennison. "There were pretty extreme temperature and humidity changes from day-to-night, which historically alters the overall frequency response of the system," says Dennison. This required additional system processing, in the form of an LD-3 compensating line driver and two CP-10 complementary phase parametric equalizers. "These climate changes were easily compensated for with the LD-3, as it has environmental controls that allow you to adjust for temperature and relative humidity. Once the system was optimized, it became very stable and predictable."
The result was rave reviews from technicians and audience alike. Says Dennison, "System-wise, everything was very consistent. Bryan Adams even stated on stage that 'This must be the best sound system in the entire region.'"
The ability of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers to sound good reproducing any kind of source material simplified things for Artes on the Adams show. Several days prior, the Dubai Jazz Festival had occupied the same stage, and. with the exception of a few minor adjustments to favor Adams's harder guitar-oriented sound, Rodrigues and the team at Artes used the same sound system they had used for the festival.
Rodrigues has been using Meyer Sound products consistently for the past three and a half years, and has only praise for the company. "Besides being the best loudspeakers in the industry, there's the excellent, prompt technical support and the comfort level generated by the sales team."