With LEO and LYON, I know the system will respond musically, so I just let the voices and the instruments do their thing and use much less EQ. This system allows me to mix musically, and not technically.”
Mads StærkeFOH Engineer, L.O.C.
Danish hip-hop artist L.O.C. became the latest artist to tour with Meyer Sound LEO-M and LYON linear line array loudspeakers. Named the “Rødt Lys Tour” (“Red Light Tour”), the production was mixed by Mads Stærke, one of Scandinavia’s most in-demand FOH engineers.
“With LEO and LYON, I know the system will respond musically, so I just let the voices and the instruments do their thing and use much less EQ,” says Stærke, who has worked with L.O.C. for the past seven years. “This system allows me to mix musically, and not technically.”
The touring system comprised 20 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, with four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill and four UPA-1P loudspeakers as additional fill. In some of the larger venues, 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers anchored the main system. Ten 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were driven by the main mix, while 10 more received a separate feed for extreme low-end effects. Two additional 1100-LFC loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were deployed on stage for side fill, while a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and alignment. Risskov–based Victory Tour Production provided the system, with Theis Romme serving as system tech.
According to Stærke, also an experienced mixer of jazz, EDM, rock, and pop, the advantages of mixing on LEO and LYON apply across musical genres. “The first time I mixed on a LYON system was actually a pop concert, and I was blown away by the accuracy and clarity,” he recalls. “Whatever sound I put in is exactly what comes out—the system gives me a very precise and clear feeling of the music. It feels like I can do anything with it. It’s so powerful and physical but at the same time very musical. The 1100-LFCs are also extremely precise in the way they move the air, and are much more powerful than any other low-frequency speaker on the market.”
Stærke mixed the show on a Midas PRO2 digital console, while monitors were mixed on a DiGiCo SD8 digital console. Performers used a Shure Axient digital wireless microphone system with KSM9HS head, in addition to Sennheiser SR 2050 transmitters and EK 2000 beltpack receivers.
L.O.C. has been Denmark’s most popular hip-hop artist for nearly two decades, both as a solo act and a member of the groups Alzheimer Klinikken and B.A.N.G.E.R.S. A two-time Danish Music Award winner, he has been both a coach and a judge on the Danish TV version of “The Voice.”