The final date of the most recent tour by Spanish indie rock band Vetusta Morla in support of its Latin Grammy-nominated “Cable a Tierra” album at Madrid’s Metropolitan Stadium was greeted by a crowd of 35,000 fans served by a sound reinforcment system utilizing 240 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including the new PANTHER large-format linear line arrays, provided by Fluge Audiovisuales of Madrid.
“Meyer Sound has always provided us with unbeatable sound quality and uniform coverage,” says Iñigo Giménez, who designed and tuned the system for the concert and was audio crew chief for the tour. “All the different types of loudspeaker systems, including PANTHER, integrated perfectly.”
Meyer Sound loudspeakers for the tour, including the Madrid concert, was preferred by Vetusta Morla front of house engineer Alberto Ruiz, a decision supported by Giménez, who states, “A Meyer Sound system presents a mix whose timbre is not modified by the sound level because it does not produce additional harmonic distortion as intensity increases. The result is excellent transparency and power.”
The full-range arrays comprised a total of 72 LEO, 42 LYON, and 12 MICA line array loudspeakers, with 18 LEOPARD loudspeakers deployed for frontfill and 48 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements for ample bass power. The 24 PANTHER large-format linear line array loudspeakers, flown as lateral delays, provided coverage for a large portion of the bleacher seating. Another 24 LYON line array loudspeakers also served as delays while nine Galileo GALAXY 816 Network Platforms, linked by AVB, supplied system drive and optimization.
“PANTHER is a great advance because it is similar in response to LEO, but at half the weight, which reduces rigging complexity. And that is very much appreciated,” adds Giménez. Produced by Esmerarte Industrias Creativas, Vetusta Morla’s “Cable a Tierra” tour launched on May 14 in Valencia and continued with seven shows at major venues in cities throughout Spain before the conclusion in Madrid.
Fluge Audiovisuales, a leading Spanish supplier of diversified event technologies, provided all lighting, sound, and video for the tour. Also on the Fluge team were Marcos Mejias, Jose Murillo, Aurora Santamaria, and Dario Hernandez.
In addition to the current Latin Grammy nominations, Vetusta Morla received the 2021 Premios Odeón award for Best Alternative Artist and four UFI awards in 2002 for Best Artist, Best Album, Best Rock Album, and Best Song.