Leopards roar at the TUT Arts Festival

The main stage at the inaugural Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Arts Festival, which took place at the university’s arts campus in Tshwane recently, was sponsored by Solid Rock Projects and Events and Prosound, leading to a full Meyer Sound solution being deployed for the duration of the festival.

Solid Rock Projects and Events supplied the Meyer Sound main PA, which comprised of 12 Leopards and six 900LFC subwoofers with processing from Galileo Galaxy, in addition to a Yamaha M7 desk and rack, which ran the show. A Meyer RMServer system was also provided for remote monitoring. Paul Van Zyl from Solid Rock was on hand to man the RMS system, ensuring that the audio was well looked after. Aside from the PA, Solid Rock also supplied Eurotruss PA lifters for the event.

Prosound supplied all of the stage monitors and microphones for the event, calling on a range of Electro-Voice powered boxes, such as the ELX200, ZLX12p and ETX12p, together with EV’s ND series microphones. Lee Brune from Prosound liked the idea of using different speakers in different monitor positions as it demonstrated to the students working on the production the ‘reliable, distinct and warm sound’ produced by the EV range.

Hardus Koekemoer, with assistance from Freddie Malesa – both from TUT’s entertainment technology department – took charge of managing production for the festival. Both were on hand to make sure the programme ran smoothly as well as evaluate the second- and third-year students that made up the rest of the crew. The PA and stage set up, as well as stage management and strike, were all undertaken by the students to form part of their live entertainment industry experience.

The production team from TUT reported being very impressed with the Meyer system, as well as the support they received from Solid Rock and Prosound.

‘What I got from the Meyer Sound Leopard was the best,’ commented Mr Malesa. ‘They are on point and responsive; the warm sound that you get is unbelievable. I used some of our old lapels which were not great but what I got from the Leopards is the ability to get flat EQ response with just a touch of HPF roll off 100Hz, nothing more. The floor tom sounded like it would in a studio. I would highly recommend the Meyer Leopard system.’

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