It's really exciting to get to experience [PANTHER]. I’ve been a huge Meyer Sound fan for many years. PANTHER obviously is the evolution in the series, and it was stunning. It’s extremely clear with a lot of power and very defined in detail.”
Phil StrongMixer for Friday night headliner
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival, presented by Another Planet Entertainment and co-producer Superfly, returned to Golden Gate Park August 5–7, with headliners including SZA, Green Day, and Post Malone. This year, a Meyer Sound PANTHER large-format linear line array loudspeaker system powered the “Lands End” main stage, provided by Bay Area rental company UltraSound, LLC.
While previous generations of Meyer Sound systems have been in place at the “Lands End” main stage since the festival’s inception in 2008, this year marks the first edition with the new PANTHER loudspeaker. Although it was introduced just six months prior to Outside Lands, PANTHER was welcomed by visiting engineers who were mixing on the new system for the first time.
“Overall feedback was positive, and engineers had a fun time mixing on the system,” says UltraSound Senior Systems Engineer Tom Lyon. “I don’t think anyone had issues getting their mix up and running on the rig.”
One of these engineers was Phil Strong, mixer for the Friday night headliner, who heard PANTHER for the first time at the festival.
“It’s really exciting to get to experience [PANTHER]. I’ve been a huge Meyer Sound fan for many years,” says Strong. “PANTHER obviously is the evolution in the series, and it was stunning. It’s extremely clear with a lot of power and very defined in detail.”
The system configuration for the “Lands End” stage consisted of 18 PANTHER-L loudspeakers per side for the main arrays, plus six LYON-M over four LYON-W loudspeakers for side fill on each side. For low-end, nine 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements were flown per side in a gradient cardioid configuration, along with five ground stacks of two 1100-LFC elements across the front of the stage. Each stack was topped with two LEOPARD compact loudspeakers, with three additional LEOPARD loudspeakers underneath each video screen.
“We were impressed with PANTHER’s wide, consistent coverage,” comments Lyon. “The mixes sounded detailed and deep, with fantastic imaging. I’m looking forward to using it again.”
With the festival grounds surrounded by residential neighborhoods, keeping the sound confined within the park with delay towers is key. Four delay towers cover the “Lands End” main stage site — per tower, the front two consisted of 16 PANTHER loudspeakers while the back two employed 10 MICA loudspeakers each.
Meyer Sound LEOPARD compact linear line array loudspeakers were distributed across various stages, including the SOMA Tent for DJ and EDM sets, The Music Den by Toyota, and GastroMagic Culinary Stage, which pairs renowned chefs with artists performing at the festival. The SOMA Tent system also included ULTRA‑X40 compact loudspeakers as well as 900‑LFC and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements.
A PANTHER Lounge was also set up backstage for visiting engineers and festival production to meet with Meyer Sound technical services team members and learn more about the company’s latest technology.
“We are fortunate to have world-class collaborators like Meyer Sound and UltraSound in our backyard here in the Bay Area,” says Mary Conde, senior vice president of Another Planet Entertainment. “This allows us to deliver quality audio solutions that ensure amazing audience experiences at Outside Lands.”
Outside Lands Festival will return to San Francisco August 11–13, 2023, for its fifteenth anniversary.