The Bay Area-based band Primus recently toured North America with a Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system to deliver its quirky, bass-driven brand of alternative rock. Described by FOH engineer Jason Mills as a "really fast" system with plenty of punch, the LYON configuration was provided by Pro Media/UltraSound of Martinez, Calif.
"LYON is a very snappy box," says Mills, who worked triple duty as FOH engineer, production manager, and system tech. "It's responsive, punchy and clear. The fans have noticed, too—I'm getting more compliments after shows than ever before."
The full system for the tour included 24 LYON-M main and 4 LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, 12 700-HP subwoofers, and four UPJ-1P loudspeakers as front fills. Two CQ-2 and four MSL-4 loudspeakers were deployed as needed for corner front and out fill, while onstage foldback included three MJF-212A stage monitors and two 700-HP subwoofers. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and optimization.
The crew appreciated LYON's ease of use. "Our new PA tech Micha? Kacunel had never flown a LYON system before this tour, and had it up with no problems on day one," reports Mills. "And once it's flown, it doesn't take me much time to get ready. I plug the LYON presets into Galileo Callisto, tweak just a bit, and it's solid for the night."
Mills mixed behind an Avid VENUE D-Show digital console loaded with native Avid and Waves plug-ins on the outputs. Monitor engineer Tomasz Gajewski used an Avid VENUE Profile digital console, and the band combined stage monitors with a Shure PSM 1000 IEM system. Bassist and lead vocalist Les Claypool sang through a dual setup of Shure KSM141 and 520DX "Green Bullet" microphones.
The recent Primus tour was in support of the band's release, Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, which features their interpretation of the soundtrack from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."