For the coaches, a high sound quality is crucial in assessing the talent against the backdrop of a loud, enthusiastic audience. Werner Audio opted for a Meyer Sound system, and it is absolutely convincing.”
Sven HoffmannFOH and System Engineer, "The Voice of Germany"
Part of the multinational singing competition franchise “The Voice,” “The Voice of Germany” features a comprehensive Meyer Sound system designed to adapt to the changing needs of the show. The German program is broadcast nationwide from Studio Berlin Adlershof and takes contestants through three phases of challenges to a finale, in which the winner is chosen by public vote. Stefan Gödde hosts the show, and popular recording artists serve as coaches.
Designed by Sven Hoffmann, the show’s FOH and system engineer, the specified Meyer Sound system affords the studio audience, coaches, and viewers at home an accurate assessment of the participating talent. The system configuration matches the layout in each of the show’s phases—Blind Auditions, Battles, and Live Shows—and is consequently moved and tuned twice. The equipment is provided by Berlin-based Werner Audio and includes a large complement of M’elodie line array loudspeakers.
“To convey the unique atmosphere and musicality of the performances, all of the sound equipment had to meet very high demands,” Hoffmann says. “For the coaches, a high sound quality is crucial in assessing the talent against the backdrop of a loud, enthusiastic audience. Werner Audio opted for a Meyer Sound system, and it is absolutely convincing.”
At Studio Berlin Adlershof, two arrays of four each Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers are flown to the left and right of the stage. Each of them is supplemented with a Meyer Sound CQ-1 loudspeaker for side fill. Three arrays of M’elodie loudspeakers—in a four-six-four configuration—are situated on the catwalk between the stage and audience, while six UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and eight UPM-1P loudspeakers are flown above the audience.
Four Meyer Sound 700-HP subwoofers are mounted on the catwalk above the stage, while three 500-HP subwoofers supplement the in-ear monitors used by the live band accompanying the contestants.
Ten pairs of Meyer Sound MM-4 loudspeakers provide a vocals-up monitor mix for the coaches in the Blind Audition and Battle Round segments of the competition. In addition, each of the four coaching teams is provided a UPA-1P loudspeaker. The live band mix for the broadcast is created on an Avid VENUE Profile console with a pair of Meyer Sound legacy HD-2w mid-field reference monitors. A Meyer Sound Galileo loudspeaker management system provides system drive and processing.