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South Africa's Solid Rock Productions Invests in Meyer Sound
Versatility is paramount for PA rental companies in South Africa, where a typical slate of bookings can include hard rock concerts, a heavyweight championship bout and a jam-packed outdoor national celebration. Fortunately, Solid Rock Productions has recently invested in an inventory of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers ready for any and all occasions.
First up for the newly acquired system was a benefit fundraising concert by South African bands Rise and Grounded. Solid Rock provided the complete lighting and sound package, including four MSL-4 horn-loaded long-throw loudspeakers, six DS-4P horn-loaded mid-bass units, and six 650-P high power subwoofers, all driven by an LD-1A line driver. Stage wedges included four UM-100P wide coverage monitors.
"When we first set up, we heard some snide comment about the small size of the system," recalls Solid Rock managing director Hans Rooseboom. "But once we turned the PA on, all the critics were silenced. A new generation of rockers is on the rise in South Africa, and they love the sound of Meyer!"
Next on the ticket was a heavyweight title fight sponsored by the World Ultimate Knock-Out Organization. The bout was held in an acoustically problematic venue, The Dome @ Northgate near Johannesburg, but once again Solid Rock had a Meyer Sound solution tailored to the 18,000-capacity arena.
"We flew six MSL-4s horn down from the central support truss, then added a single CQ-1 full-range cabinet as a side fill," says Rooseboom. "Despite the high noise levels, our crew received many positive comments on how crystal clear the sound was."
Finally, nothing tests the power and clarity of a sound system more than an outdoor celebration, with more than 10,000 cheering citizens packed into a city's public square. Such was the case in the South African capital city of Pretoria when young and old alike gathered to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the nation's democratic government. Top musical artists Mzekezeke and Mafikizolo, among others, were joined on stage by South Africa President Thabo Mbeki. A Meyer Sound system comprising twelve MSL-4s, six DS-4Ps, 12 650Ps and four UM-100 monitors delivered musical power and spoken word intelligibility to all involved, both in front of and behind the microphones.
Established in 1991, Solid Rock Productions is a diversified live event production and staging company serving clients throughout Africa. The company is headquartered in metropolitan Johannesburg.