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Meyer Sound MILO in the Saddle for One of Largest U.S. Rodeos
The word "rodeo" conjures images of small-town events held at dusty county fairgrounds, but there's nothing small about the Texas Stampede, held in Dallas, Texas. On the contrary, the Stampede is one of the largest rodeo events in the country and features some of the biggest names in the sport, not to mention some of the hottest live entertainment. Dallas-based Crossroads Audio brought a Meyer Sound self-powered MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers to the Stampede to ensure that the packed crowd clearly heard every guitar string-bending, hip-shaking note.
The Interstate Batteries-sponsored event regularly packs the American Airlines Center (home of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and the NHL's Dallas Stars) to full capacity during its three-day run, all to benefit the Dallas's Children's Medical Center. For the sixth annual event, more than 20,000 fans filled the stands to watch rodeo pros compete in bull riding, barrel racing, and tie-down roping events, as well as to catch nightly performances from such country chart-toppers as Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Neal McCoy. The ace production staff, led by Event Operations Director Randy Lewallyn, along with Kyle Jones, and Greg Morton, put the event together and kept it rolling smoothly.
"Our guys definitely favor Meyer cabinets," says Crossroads Audio General Manager Robin Magruder. "They really like that you don't have to do a lot of equalization or adjustments — just plug them in, array them correctly, and they sound great."
Crossroads Audio built the main sound system around 26 MILO loudspeakers and two MILO 120 high-power expanded coverage curvilinear array loudspeakers per side. Twelve 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers handled sub-bass duties, while 12 M2D compact curvilinear array loudspeakers, 24 M1D ultracompact curvilinear array loudspeakers, 10 UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers, and eight CQ-2 narrow coverage main loudspeakers were deployed for fill and delay functions.
Crossroads' engineers used Meyer Sound's MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software to help plan cabinet placement and focusing, which facilitated a straightforward setup. "MAPP is a remarkably effective design and prediction tool, and really simplifies things," says Magruder. With the cabinets in place and no need for adjustment, the evening's entertainers and fans could boogie down until the wee hours of the morning.
When a Crossroads Audio project demands the best, they rely upon the quality, reliability, and commitment to excellent service for which Meyer Sound is renowned. Concludes Magruder, "All of our M Series, Concert Series, and UltraSeries products meet one of the most difficult challenges for any pro sound system: maintaining consistent timbre throughout the dynamic range and audience listening areas. Meyer has an outstanding reputation for innovation, precision manufacturing, and customer service. We've found this to be quite true in five years of partnership, and those are the reasons we're devoted to the company and its products."