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Canegreen Tailors a Meyer Sound Point-Source System for the Cambridge Folk Festival
The ancient city of Cambridge, UK is best known for its world-famous universities but for three days in the summer, Cambridge also becomes a center of music when the Cambridge Folk Festival convenes. This year, artists such as k.d. lang, Joan Armatrading, the Levellers, Billy Bragg, and many more entertained large crowds, using a full sound production package provided by London-based Canegreen.
The 2008 festival was Canegreen's seventh consecutive year as the sound provider. "The Cambridge Folk Festival is a lovely event—very laid-back and gentle—but the artists and engineers still expect high standards for the sound, and we and Meyer Sound deliver every year," said Yan Stile, Canegreen's managing director.
This year, Canegreen utilized an all-Meyer Sound inventory across both main stages, which were in large three-sided tents as usual. These temporary structures were fitted with relatively low roofs, a critical factor for the sound systems designed for them. This led to Canegreen's choice of using point-source systems for the event.
"With line arrays so dominant these days it may look a bit odd to see a large point-source system," explains Stile. "But the fact is that it remains the best solution for this application, especially given the extra control that we now have with our Galileo (loudspeaker management system) units. The lack of trim height in the tents makes flying a line array impractical anyway."
Stage One was effectively two gigs in one, with the stage in the tent covered by a combination of groundstacked MSL-4 loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers and flown UPA-1P loudspeakers for fills, and driven by a Midas Heritage 3000 via a Galileo. Outside the open end of the tent was a large, uncovered space where festivalgoers could enjoy the band on the main stage in a very relaxed, open-air environment. For this area Canegreen designed a "virtual surround" system, including five delay zones using combinations of MSL-3 and MSL-4 loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers and more UPA-1P loudspeakers, with time-alignment and system control provided by a wirelessly operated Galileo unit.
Stage Two was equipped with MSL-4 loudspeakers and 700-HP subwoofers, plus UPA-1P cabinets suspended from the roof at several points to provide an even coverage. A Galileo controlled the whole loudspeaker system. At Club Tent, an enclosed and much smaller stage, the system comprised UPA-1P and legacy MSL-2 loudspeakers.
As Stile expected, the point-source systems met everyone's expectations. "Given the results we achieved and the positive feedback from everyone, we're very satisfied that our Meyer Sound point-source systems still do the job brilliantly well," Stile said.
A merger between Canegreen and SSE Audio Group has recently been announced; Canegreen will continue as a trading name under the SSE Audio Group banner.