News June 2009


The musical Cats, one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway and in London’s West End, is now travelling to Australia. Sound reinforcement for the production is on the Meyer Sound M1D line array loudspeaker system.
The system needed to be reliable as they were going to be away from their support in Australia, it also had to sound great.

Australia-based System Sound, is the tour’s sound provider. The system that they supplied is the Meyer Sound M1D line array loudspeaker system. The low-profile enclosure of the M1D line array loudspeaker was a factor in its choice for the Asian tour. The M1Ds are compact, scalable, and powerful for their size. They are the main vocal speakers for the balcony and/or dress circle, so they’re of critical importance. Their small size allows us to rig them on the advance lighting truss, where space is at a premium. Depending on the configuration of the venue they might be rigged as a center hang of six or seven, or a left/right hang of four each.

With the tight turnaround times for touring productions, the audio crew enjoys uncommon flexibility from the system, which also includes six CQ-1 loudspeakers, two 650-P subwoofers, three UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers, eight MM-4 loudspeakers, and two UPM-1 loudspeakers, in addition to eight M1D line array loudspeakers. Head of sound on the tour is Jason Graham, who works alongside Kerril Ezzy and Claudia McErlain.

The Wiggles Go Bananas

The Wiggles Go Bananas 2009 tour has been weaving its way through Australia picking up production along the way. Deluxe Audio supplied audio requirements for a couple of the Victoria gigs.

“The sound crew actually don’t specify anything particular for their PA,” said Dave Rees, managing director of Deluxe Audio. “We were contracted by Rob Miles, the production / tour manager, as we’ve done work with him before.”

The Wiggles crew were lucky enough to be supplied with twelve JBL VerTec VT4888 speakers, four VerTec VT4882 sub woofers and JBL VRX932 for infill. And they couldn’t have been happier!

”The crew were extremely happy with the VerTec PA system and their FOH engineer kept remarking about how smooth it was,” commented Dave.  The Wiggles aren’t loud, keeping the volume to about 85 decibels, so you need something that will cover everywhere without blasting the front row. (Article coutesy of Jands)


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