The Alhambra Theatre and Music Hall in Paris has recently upgraded the sonic fidelity of its Meyer Sound reinforcement system with new LEOPARD compact linear line array loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control units.
The venue serves up a mix of diverse musical genres intermingled with comedy shows and children’s productions. The Alhambra’s prior MICA-based system had provided years of faithful service, but the step up to advanced LEO Family technology has been well received according to the Alhambra’s audio consultant, Thomas Legrand.
“I would describe the LEOPARD system as offering greater accuracy and clarity,” noted Legrand. “As soon as you raise just a few dBs in any frequency band, you hear the difference immediately. It also gives us a greater dynamic range than our previous system.”
The two main arrays of seven-each LEOPARD loudspeakers are supplemented by four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, with two serving as front fill and two as under-balcony delays. For powerful bass support, the system’s former subwoofer complement has been replaced by four new 1100-LFC low-frequency control units deployed as a horizontal array under the stage.
“The new subs were the same pleasant surprise as the LEOPARDs,” added Legrand. “They are extremely precise. When pushing the bass frequencies in our mixes, the response stays tight and doesn’t ‘dribble’.”
Both the original Meyer Sound system and the recent upgrade were designed by Marc de Fouquières of DUSHOW Paris, the supplier of all sound, video and lighting systems for the venue.
At the front end of the system, the Alhambra offers mixing engineers an Avid Profile V console, Shure wireless microphones, and a full complement of wired microphones from AKG, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser and Shure. Loudspeaker processing is provided by a Meyer Sound Galileo 616.