Based on the popular Disney TV show with more than 25 million viewers, the "Violetta Live" tour is packing European arenas with the support of a Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system. The music and dance production is projected to be one of Europe's biggest tours this year, with over 500,000 tickets expected to be sold for 84 shows across 24 cities.
"LYON is a giant step forward in performance and overall response," says Alberto Liras, FOH mixer for "Violetta Live" and senior engineer at Madrid-basedFluge Audiovisuales, which is providing a complete AVL production package for the tour. "Its response in larger venues is remarkable. The sound is much more defined and listenable, making it easier to mix in unfavorable acoustic conditions. It is amazing to hear arrays with only 16 loudspeakers each covering an audience of 20,000 with that level of definition and sound pressure."
Each array comprises 12 LYON-M main and four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, supported by 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Twenty-eight MICA and 20 M'elodie line array loudspeakers provide out fill and front fill, respectively, while on-stage foldback consists of four MJF-210 stage monitors and dual side-fill stacks of eight M'elodie loudspeakers and two 500-HP subwoofers. System drive and optimization is supplied by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with three Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. The system was chosen by Madrid-based Sold Out, the tour's executive production company.
"LYON is a perfect match for this tour based on sound quality and production requirements," reports Alberto Bravo, production director for Sold Out. "Exceptional clarity, music quality, and very high SPLs are all of great importance, as all the shows are in large sports arenas. But it was also critical to have a compact, self-powered system, as truck space was extremely limited due to the massive amount of staging, lighting, and video production gear involved."
According to Bravo, the system has to cater to audiences of all ages. "'Violetta Live' is a family show with nearly 40 percent of the audience being parents, so we needed a system with smooth and clear response for the very young but also with enough power to satisfy the parents' listening tastes," he says. "LYON has proven exceptional for both."
The Fluge-provided audio package also includes DiGiCo SD5 and SD10 digital consoles for FOH and monitors, respectively, as well as Lectrosonics Venue wireless systems outfitted with DPA d:fine headset microphones, Shure UHF-R wireless systems with SM58-capsule transmitters, and Sennheiser IEM systems.
Starring TV series star Martina Stoessel, the "Violetta Live" tour includes stops across Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and Poland. The tour is produced by DG Medios y Espectáculosof Argentina.
"Violetta Live" promotional video (in Spanish):