Leopard roars for Cape Town Jazz Festival
SOUTH AFRICA: Meyer Sound’s Leopard line array was put through its paces for the Rosies stage at the Cape Town Jazz Festival. Rosies is a performance area which sees some of the festival’s more refined acts hosted in a controlled environment in auditorium 1 of the CTICC.
Leopard was called in for the event after Aki Khan of Eastern Acoustics, the supplier for Rosies, heard the system at a demo in Johannesburg. Mr Khan suggested that Meyer Sound distributor Prosound send the system down to Cape Town to showcase Leopard in a working environment at an internationally recognised high profile event.
‘The Leopard line arrays conveyed a level of detail that even the “non-technical” listeners commented on,’ said UK-based tonmeister and Rosies stage monitor engineer, Keith Davies. ‘Ultimately these are the people that matter: they are the jazz-lovers, and they know when they are getting more music for their money; the transparency of these arrays (particularly in the top-end) provides that in spades.’
The Eastern Acoustics crew reportedly all commented favourably on the system performance and ease of installation.
‘The Leopard is forcing even experienced line array users to re-evaluate their expectations and I for one will struggle to go back to my previous regularly specified systems,’ added Mark Malherbe, technical director of Prosound.
Alongside the Leopard PA, a Midas Pro X console was used for mixing duties and Mr Davies was equally full of praise for the console. ‘What a revelation; Midas have very clearly taken a great deal of input from live-mix engineers and incorporated real-world features that seem so totally “obvious” that you wonder why no one else has thought of them! This is an almost scarily powerful desk whose capability “beneath the hood” reminded me of driving a powerful luxury vehicle that carries its passengers in safety and comfort but has the sheer power to get you out of trouble when needed! And as with a well-sorted vehicle that “brute-force” is readily accessible – no “sub-menu of a sub-menu” excuses here.’