The Danish Roskilde Music Festival, one of the largest summer music events in Europe, recently employed a Meyer Sound system based on JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, provided by Danish rental company Comtech. The production crew cited the system's excellent horizontal control and sonic performance as primary reasons for enlisting the JM-1P for the second year.
"I have done the Pavilion stage for several years," states FOH system tech, Troels Wohlfeldt. "We started out using line arrays, but they never really worked for us in this tent. There were too many loudspeakers from too many different positions to cover the whole area. With JM-1P, we finally found our way home."
The system setup inside the tent was comprised of five JM-1P loudspeakers per side flown above three 700-HP subwoofers, with two legacy UPA-1C loudspeakers per side as front fill and out fill. Outside the tent, four additional UPA-1C loudspeakers were used as delay. For FOH monitoring, a pair of UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and a USW-1P subwoofer were used. System alignment and equalization was provided by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system. "With the Galileo TruShaping® filter, we could easily compensate for the huge humidity change we experienced in the tent throughout the festival," says Wohlfeldt.
According to Jes Christensen, Comtech's production manager for several Roskilde stages, using Meyer Sound gives him peace of mind. "The quality is extremely high, and we never have surprises," says Christensen. "We have great trust in the system and the tech crew from Meyer Sound."
The 2011 edition of Roskilde was held from June 30 to July 3 and attracted more than 130,000 visitors. The 2012 Roskilde is scheduled for July 5 through July 8.