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Meyer Sound MILO Helps Megadeth Rock, Rattle, and Rumble on "Gigantour 2"
You won't hear any gentle instrumental sections at a Megadeth concert. Fans of this pioneering metal band expect hard-driving guitar licks, heavy drums, and deep, thunderous bass from tune-up to encore. On this year's "Gigantour 2," with opening acts Lamb of God, Opeth, Overkill, and Arch Enemy, the central philosophy was clear: loud is good, but louder with clarity is better.
With that in mind, tour sound providers Thunder Audio turned to Meyer Sound's MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker to do the job. Thunder Vice President Paul Owen reports that, initially, not everyone realized what MILO could do. But Owen, who has mixed monitors for Metallica and worked on tours by AC/DC, Disturbed, Slipknot, and Mudvayne, was quite confident about his specification.
"Everybody was emphasizing the need for a real 'balls-to-the-wall' sound," says Owen, "so we went with MILO, which was the best choice in terms of size, power, and user-friendliness. I prefer self-powered systems because you don't have to worry about power requirements, or what amps are recommended. You just say 'send me eight boxes,' and then you plug them in and they all sound exactly the same. With space at a premium on a tour of this size, every available spot in the wings is occupied with junk. There's no room for amp racks."
The system for Megadeth, piloted by FOH engineer Nigel Paul, used 32 MILO cabinets, divided into four clusters of eight each, and frontfill came from four UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers. System engineer Keith Jex used MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software to figure out configurations for each venue and monitors the system with Meyer Sound's RMS remote management system.
System processing and drive were provided by a Galileo loudspeaker management system, which Owen found quite useful on the tour. "We can use Galileo to separate the system into zones, which eliminates the need to add additional lines in order to EQ separate parts of the system individually. We were in the Anaheim stadium three years ago with a different rig, and the arena just sounded awful, no matter how hard we tried to tune and compensate. With MILO and Galileo in this same stadium — wow, the difference is amazing."
Thunder and Owen have been using MILO regularly for nearly two years now and are quite sold on the brand and the series. Says Owen, "The failure rate on this system has been zero, and the out-of-pocket expense for maintenance has been zero, which is an amazing plus for any audio company. Plus, we've always wanted to offer product lines that stand out, instead of what every 'Joe Blow' uses. The Meyer series do that, and are great products. We sell them for installs, use them on tours, and the performance of the systems, in turn, betters our image as a company."
Gigantour 2 wrapped up in mid-October with several dates in Australia.