For the 4th consecutive year, all amplified music venues at Savannah Music Festival were equipped with systems from Meyer Sound.
For the 1st time, the festival was capped with a gala outdoor finale, headlining The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Gillian Welch.
“Once we started working with Meyer Sound, everybody got completely spoiled by the quality of what they heard,” said Savannah Music Festival’s Rob Gibson. “And, because of all the different styles of music we present, we needed versatile systems that work for any musical genre.”
A cross-section of artists heard through the various Meyer Sound systems installed at the 6 stages includes Rhiannon Giddens, the North Mississippi Allstars, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Pat Martino, and Bill Frisell. As with the three previous festivals, all sound systems were supplied by Rock-N-Road Audio of Atlanta under the supervision of Roy Drukenmiller.
“To me, the main benefit of Meyer Sound is the transparency,” explained Chief Sound Engineer Chris Evans. “What we put in is what we get out, with no colouration from the boxes. That’s particularly true of the LEO Family, which for me has been a real game-changer. It’s a huge step forward. You can try to explain the difference, but you really have to hear it, and when you do you’ll notice the difference immediately.”
For the outdoor finale in Savannah’s hillside Trustees Garden, the main stage was flanked by main arrays of 12-each Meyer Sound LYON line array loudspeakers with bass support from nine 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements deployed as 3 cardioid arrays. Meyer Sound UPJ-1P loudspeakers served as front fills and artist foldback was supplied by Meyer Sound MJF-212A stage monitors.
LEO Family also was at work indoors throughout the festival, with the system in the Lucas Theatre anchored by 16 Meyer Sound LEOPARD line array loudspeakers with lows augmented by 4 Meyer Sound 900-LFC elements. A system of M’elodie line arrays graced the Trustees Theater, point-source systems based around UPQ-1P served up sounds at Ships of the Sea and Morris Center, and Meyer Sound JM-1P loudspeakers amplified all acts performing at the outdoor 2nd stage.
“The great thing about working with Meyer Sound is that artists and engineers all love the systems,” summarised Rob Gibson. “Sound is of paramount importance for an arts festival like ours, and Meyer Sound connects people through music in a holistic and meaningful way.”