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Meyer Sound M3Ds Shine at Sing In
Hof Audio, one of the largest Meyer Sound rental companies in the Netherlands, recently supplied an M3D Line Array loudspeaker system for the annual religious family conference of the St. Opwekking revival foundation.
The four-day conference featured prayer meetings, songs of worship, and sermons from international speakers of different religious denominations. Other activities included workshops and five different age-related programs for children incorporating music, sports, mime and cabaret. As in previous years, the conference took place at the Six Flags Europe event field. The weather conditions were perfect all weekend, and a record number of visitors — more than 30,000 — turned up for the conference.
The M3D system shone in the highlight of the weekend: the Sunday Sing In. Hof and his company's in-house design department designed the system. "The challenge was to obtain a very natural-sounding mix and complete coverage over a very broad area," he explained. "We wanted to have very uniform coverage from the front to the back and from left to right."
The M3D system was used in a left/right configuration comprising eight M3D loudspeakers per side, rigged on cranes at either side of the stage. Additionally, Hof employed four CQ-1 Wide Coverage Main loudspeakers for frontfill and eight 650-P High Power subwoofers. Jan Ramon Staal, one of Hof Audio's engineers, aligned the system using Meyer Sound's SIM System II FFT Analyzer. Staal also monitored the performance of the loudspeakers during the event with Meyer Sound's RMS Remote Monitoring System running on a laptop computer.
Hof Audio director, Bart Hof, was in charge of audio for the event, which attracted an audience larger than originally anticipated. However, the M3D system was more than able to cope with the additional crowd. "The coverage was really smooth," says Hof. "We accomplished that using the M3D system together with 650-Ps and CQ-1s. Next time, we will consider adjusting the speaker plan to achieve wider coverage. But the ease of adjusting the M3D, as well as the setup time and the overall ease of working with it, made it a really great system for this event."
The Sing In wasn't the only part of the conference for which Hof Audio provided a Meyer Sound system. At the big tent in the Six Flags field, which accommodated more than 6,000 people, a Meyer Sound system consisting of twelve MSL-4 Horn-Loaded Long-Throw loudspeakers, sixteen UPA-1P Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers, four UPA-2P Compact Narrow Coverage loudspeakers, four UPM-1P Ultra-Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers and eight 650-P High-Power subwoofers was used for speech reinforcement and songs of worship.
All in all, the event was a success from Hof's point of view. "The public responded enthusiastically to the music, and the reactions afterward from audience, musicians, speakers and co-operators were unanimously full of praise."