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Habegger Makes Switzerland's "Energy Stars for Free" Concert a Success with Meyer Sound

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"The ease of setup and the solid performance of the Meyer Sound equipment allowed the crew to focus on other challenges before and throughout the show. We're very satisfied with the Meyer gear, and we're already planning to use it in upcoming productions."

- Dani Niedermann
FOH Mixer

Hosted annually by a radio station in Zurich, Switzerland, "Energy Stars for Free" is one of the biggest winter music events in Europe. This year, the Hallenstadion sports arena was filled to capacity for a six-hour eclectic presentation of Europe's leading pop artists including Baschi, Monrose, Sugababes and David Bisbal. For the concert's live TV and radio simulcast, as well as a live audience of 13,000, Regensdorf, Switzerland-based Habegger AG met the challenge with a robust system of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers, provided by Hamburg, Germany-based Procon Multimedia AG.

System design was handled using Meyer Sound's MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. "The Hallenstadion is highly reflective, especially in the rear," says FOH Mixer Dani Niedermann. "But we managed to design a great-sounding array with no reflection whatsoever. I didn't think a simulation could be that accurate, but MAPP's predictions turned out to be right on."

Chief Audio Engineer Andi Baumann agrees: "We didn't have a lot of time to plan everything. We just MAPPed it out, and it turned out perfectly."

The final configuration included two arrays of 11 MILO line array loudspeakers and one MILO 120. Ample low end was provided using an end-fired arrangement of two groundstacked clusters of three 700-HP subwoofers per side, and another two 700-HPs per side placed on a catwalk some 65 feet from the stage.

A single Galileo loudspeaker management system provided system drive and processing. Andi Baumann is particularly pleased with the Compass control interface: "It was very convenient; we were able to run everything with a tablet remotely, and the sound was great."

"It allowed us to walk around and really hear the sound from every possible angle," adds Niedermann.

In addition to Niedermann and Andi Baumann, the team also consisted of Production Manager, David Haag; Executive Technical Production Manager, Thomas Krummenacher; Monitor Engineer, Elias Ruh; and Sound Designer, Greg Baumann, who tuned the system with a SIM 3 audio analyzer.

The team is pleased with the result. "We didn't have to do any EQ or switching between acts," says Andi Baumann. "We just set everything up to run as flat as possible. All the bands and their sound guys were happy, so it worked out perfectly for us."

"The ease of setup and the solid performance of the Meyer Sound equipment allowed the crew to focus on other challenges before and throughout the show," says Niedermann, "We're very satisfied with the Meyer gear, and we're already planning to use it in upcoming productions."

March, 2008

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