MAYDAY has been a genuine electronic music institution since 1991, attracting tens of thousands of music fans who make it Germany’s biggest indoor rave. On the last weekend in April this year, it was that time again: more than 21,000 partygoers packed into Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle 1. The motto of MAYDAY 2014: Full Senses. Visitors were able to enjoy star DJs like Fedde le Grand, Paul van Dyk, Maguai, Sven Väth and Sander van Doorn with all their senses – not least thanks to a perfect technical set-up by Meyer Sound. Meyer Sound had already received an enthusiastic response to its brand new LYON loudspeaker system from visitors to Prolight + Sound 2014 at Messe Frankfurt – and they were able to show just how much their latest product has in its locker under live conditions just a few weeks later at MAYDAY Full Senses. “The sound was clean, clear, crisp, and had acres of headroom,” said Bernd Görgen, co-manager of Wiesbaden’s schokopro, the full-service-provider for sound, light, video and SFX which also made a noteworthy contribution to the event.
The main system consisted of four arrays, each with eight LYON linear Line Array Loudspeakers, in each corner of the arena. These were complemented by two arrays with six MICA Line Array loudspeakers each on the sides of the arena. The low end was provided by 24 1100-LFC Low-Frequency Control Elements, backed up by two ‘hangs’ of ten M’elodie Line Array loudspeakers for the entrance area to the arena, and 12 UPA-1P loudspeakers for the upper stands. The speaker system was managed using a Galileo 616 AES, six Galileo Callisto 616 Array processors, und two Galileo 616 processors. In addition, two JM -1P Arrayable loudspeakers and two 600-HP Subwoofers for DJ monitoring were available per ear.
Schokopro co-manager Wulf Issinger added: “Thanks to the effortless performance and evenly-balanced coverage of the LYON arrays, and the enormous power of the 1100-LFC, the guests had an unforgettable experience – from the front row to the back.”
Picture sources: Ralph Larmann