Norway has become the first European country with permanent installations of the Meyer Sound Leopard compact, linear sound reinforcement system, the smallest line array from the LEO range.
The 1,200-seat Grand Hall at Studentersamfundet (Student Society) in Trondheim has been equipped with a Leopard system to support community events such as theatrical performances and conferences, while Oslo’s 650-capacity Vulkan Arena utilises a Leopard system primarily for hard rock shows.
“When we first saw Leopard we were amazed by its size,” reported Torgeir Aadland, project consultant for audio renovations at the Grand Hall. “It was easily one of the smallest in its class, and we had some concern about it performing to our standards. But Leopard has provided excellent sound quality even at the highest levels, and gives us even horizontal coverage, it’s everything we were looking for in a new system.”
The circular Grand Hall is a central meeting place for the Student Society, an independent organisation of around 1,700 Trondheim students. It is used for concerts, cabaret theatre, student conferences, and other community events.
The system in the Grand Hall includes twin arrays of six Leopard loudspeakers each, six 900-LFC elements, two UPQ-1P loudspeakers for front fill, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor.
“After installation, the hall hosted the UKA festival featuring concerts, revues, and standup comedy, giving the system an intensive test across different genres,” said Aadland. “The sound quality was definitely improved from past years for every event, giving the audience a much more satisfying experience.”
At the Vulkan Arena, the new Leopard system has already supported a number of heavy rock shows. Bjørn Hinkel, technical manager for the venue said: “The comments I’ve gotten from band techs are pretty much the same every time. They see the PA and think it’s too small. Then at the end of the night, I get hugs and praises from all of them. It’s a genuine pleasure to have Leopard in my venue.”
The system in the Vulkan Arena comprises twin flown arrays of four Leopard linear array loudspeakers and two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements each, two UPJ-1P loudspeakers for front fill, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor for optimisation and signal distribution.
Both systems were provided and installed by Oslo-based Bright Norway AS, with project supervision by Trond Kristoffersen and on-site assistance at Vulkan Arena from Bright’s Stian Smith and Fredrik Frostad.