Meyer Sound Helps Céline Dion Celebrate Quebec's 400th Birthday in Style
As part of a year-long celebration of Quebec's 400th birthday, Canadian songstress Céline Dion took a break from her Taking Chances world tour to host a free concert at the capital city's birthplace, the famed Plains of Abraham. An estimated quarter million fans were treated to legendary duets with a litany of Quebecois music stars, a dazzling light show and breathtaking sound.
Provided by Montreal-based Solotech, the massive main system totaling more than 250 Meyer Sound loudspeakers including 48 Meyer Sound MILO and 20 M'elodie line array loudspeakers, along with eight MSL-6 and four MSL-4 loudspeakers, 56 700-HP subwoofers and 16 DS-2 mid-bass loudspeakers. A main delay system of 36 MILO and 12 of the brand new SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers was augmented by several more delay towers comprising 63 MICA line array loudspeakers and 14 M3D-Sub directional subwoofers. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 units handled the main system drive and processing.
With Dion's long-time FOH engineer Denis Savage and system and SIM engineer Francois "Frankie" Desjardins at the helm, the challenges of setting up the system under time pressure were easily met. "We had 17 delay towers in all, a pretty massive system," says Desjardins, "but with the Meyer speakers all being self-powered, the setup and tuning is very predictable. It makes our lives much easier."
Desjardins gives high marks to Meyer Sound's new SB-3F. "We tried out the SB-3F in Africa with Céline a few months ago and were really impressed. I think for this kind of application in particular, they complement the MILO really well."
Systems provider Solotech has a long history with Dion, as well as an impressive resume that includes André Rieu, Michael Bublé, and most of Cirque du Soleil® productions worldwide. "André Pichette and David Brazeau were in charge of the sound for us. It was a complex setup and they did a great job under a lot of time pressure," adds Desjardins.
In addition to the benefit show in Quebec, Céline Dion played a series of sold-out dates in Montreal and Toronto, followed by three months of the North American leg of her Taking Chances world tour.