At the recent Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík-based Exton provided effective and powerful sound reinforcement for five festival venues using self-powered systems from Meyer Sound.
Referred to by Rolling Stone magazine as “the hippest long weekend on the annual music festival calendar,” the five-day music showcase introduces cutting-edge acts from Iceland and across the globe, including this year’s CSS from Brazil; Junior Boys and Crystal Castles from Canada; U.K.-based Robots in Disguise; and White Denim and Boy Crisis from the U.S.
As Exton’s Ivar Ragnarsson explains, the festival’s largest venue, Reykjavík Art Museum’s Port Room, was the most challenging. “The room was originally a warehouse,” Ragnarsson says. “It’s about ten meters wide and 45 meters long, and very reverberant.”
Ragnarsson adds that aside from the acoustical challenges, the room required a quick setup as it was also used for non-festival activities leading up to the event’s opening.
Exton created a system that included left and right arrays of eight M’elodie line array loudspeakers each, along with four M’elodie loudspeakers as frontfill and six M3D-Sub directional subwoofers under the stage. A Galileo loudspeaker management system handled system processing.
“The M’elodie is the perfect system for this room,” Ragnarsson says. “Setup is quick, and tuning is a breeze thanks to MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. And the M3D-Subs are great due to their cardioid pattern.”
The festival’s other large venue is NASA, a converted theatre outfitted with two MSL-4 loudspeakers per side and two UPA-1P fill loudspeakers, along with two 700-HP subwoofers. With eight bands per night for five days, Ragnarsson points to NASA as the most hectic venue at the festival.
Additional Meyer Sound systems covered the remaining venues, ranging from MSL-4 and 650-P subwoofers for the Iõnó theatre, to CQ-1 loudspeakers and 650-P subwoofers for the Organ nightclub. Performances at Frikirkjan Free Lutheran Church were amply served by eight UP Junior VariO loudspeakers and two USW-1P subwoofers.
“Meyer Sound equipment has been the ideal solution for Iceland Airwaves,” says Ragnarsson. “It not only sounds great, but it offers us a quick setup time, which is essential for an event that is essentially five days of nonstop music.”
For more information:
Meyer Sound Website