Psy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul’s 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed “All Night Stand,” the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.
“The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy’s music,” says Park Dong Won, the singer’s veteran FOH engineer. “The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I’m not just confident in specifying LEO, but also proud to use it.”
The system comprised dual main arrays, each with 15 LEO-M line array loudspeakers flown over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill. Twenty-four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were arranged in a directional array, with seven MILO® line array loudspeakers per side for out fill and two-each LYON-W and MICA® line array loudspeakers for front fill. Onstage foldback was supplied by two side-fill stacks with two 700-HP subwoofers and four MILO loudspeakers each, along with 20 MJF-212A stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplied drive and optimization.
“Psy was very happy with the LEO system when he first heard it during rehearsals,” reports Park. “He had been using other large-format systems, but discovered that LEO was the first that could deliver clear high frequencies at extreme levels without hurting your ears.”
The LEO system was supplied by Live MISO and designed by Y Hun Lee, systems tech from Sovico, Meyer Sound’s Korean distributor, in consultation with “dB Dave” Dennison, a veteran international system design and tuning specialist.
Park mixed the shows behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console and was assisted by second engineer Ko Jong Jin. A DiGiCo SD8 was used as a sidecar for Pro Tools track playback. Wireless audio for Psy and his special guests was via a Shure UR4D system, with Psy singing through a custom silver handheld transmitter equipped with a Shure Beta 58A capsule.
Released in 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide cultural phenomenon with over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Psy’s popularity in Korea continues unabated as his concert ticket sales, recordings, and video all occupied the number one positions for 2014.