The largest Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system ever assembled was heard this summer at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway. Provided by Bright Norway AS, the 360-degree system entertained 8,500 employees of Scandinavian supermarket chain REMA 1000 with performances by Norwegian musicians Karpe Diem, D.D.E., and Kurt Nilsen.
Named "1000 Colours of REMA," the show required a system that could provide even in-the-round coverage at rock music levels with impeccable speech intelligibility. The solution designed by Bright Norway's Preben Frostad incorporated eight arrays of 11 LYON linear line array loudspeakers each. To deliver powerful and even low-end coverage, the audio team specified a TM Array configuration, with four arrays of seven 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements suspended directly over the center stage.
"The whole audio package was perfectly put together by Bright," says Jens Hagen of Playroom Event AS, the event producer. "LYON was smooth and powerful, yet quite small in size, and the center hang of bass loudspeakers also worked perfectly. The system had good punch throughout the arena, so it was full party mode everywhere."
System drive and control was provided by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with eight Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and two Galileo 616 AES processors.
"Because the load on the three center beams could not exceed 150 tons for all the audio, video, and lighting elements, we needed arrays that were lightweight, but also had enough power, coverage, and headroom to fill the huge arena," says Asle Nilsen, head of audio for Bright Norway AS. "The answer was LYON, which delivered clear audio to every seat. We were all amazed at how it performs like its big brother, the LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system."
Mixing consoles for the event were two Midas XL8 at FOH and two Midas PRO2C at monitors. Geir Østensjø was the FOH engineer, and Jarle Kvalsund was the monitor engineer.
REMA 1000 operates more than 700 no-frills supermarkets in Norway and Denmark.