The multiplatinum-selling pop-rock band Hedley is in the midst of the cross-continent “Wild Live” tour of Canada, supported by Richmond, BC-based KiAN Concert Sound Services providing a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale line array system.
The LEO system adapts to venues of all shapes and sizes, from theatres to arenas in Montreal and Toronto. “LEO has been dynamite for every show,” says Russ Giroux, FOH engineer and tour manager for Hedley. “I can get a clean, tight pop mix out of LEO in difficult arenas. Even when the roof level is different from one side to the other, or with very steep 200 levels, I still get solid, uniform coverage. It’s a super-versatile system that helps a lot in unconventional rooms.”
The typical configuration for the smaller venues is 12 LEO-M line array loudspeakers per side, which is increased to 15 per side for larger arenas. Available as needed are 24 MILO, 12 M’elodie, and two MICA line array loudspeakers for out fill, front fill, and down fill applications, respectively.
Twelve 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and 12 700-HP subwoofers supply low-end reinforcement, while a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system comprising one Galileo 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors supplies drive and alignment. Six MJF-212A stage monitors are used for stage foldback.
“I’ve been really impressed with the 1100-LFCs,” says Giroux. “They are super efficient, and with Galileo and the Compass software, we’re able to steer them to avoid a power alley down the middle. Also, their power is incredible.”
He adds that the system provides a flat, linear response with excellent pattern control. “We have a satellite B stage way in front of the arrays,” he notes. “We are able to tune the PA so the lead singer can work out in front of the speakers for 80 percent of the show, but we never worry about feedback.”
Also for the tour, KiAN has supplied two 96-input Avid VENUE Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, while the band uses Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphones along with Sennheiser G3 IEM and instrument systems.