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GRAMMY-Winning Artist Alejandro Sanz Performs in Mexico City with Meyer Sound MILO
Traffic along Mexico City's scenic Paseo de la Reforma swelled for several days when GRAMMY Award-winning Spanish pop balladeer Alejandro Sanz drew thousands of fans to eight sold-out concerts he performed at the renowned Auditorio Nacional. The shows found the Latin superstar previewing songs from the special edition re-release of his highly successful album El Tren de los Momentos.
Sound provider Música Moderna ensured that Sanz's soothing voice reached every audience member with a muscular sound system based on Meyer Sound's MILO line array loudspeaker. An array of 20 MILO cabinets was flown on each side of the stage, while two pairs of MSL-4 loudspeakers, also flown, covered the balcony area. The center area was served by UPA-2P loudspeakers and a 650-P subwoofer. Three additional MSL-4 cabinets installed at the far left and right sides of the stage provided frontfill. Low frequencies were supplied by a groundstack of 16 650-P subwoofers on each side. A Galileo loudspeaker management system provided signal processing, routing, and drive. Loudspeaker placement was determined using MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software.
The first of Sanz's Auditorio Nacional dates came with a few minor obstacles, which FOH engineer Fernando Díaz easily overcame with the help of MAPP Online Pro.
"Due to the distinctive shape of the stage and the artist's position, which was quite far forward in relation to the back line of subwoofers, we had to change the subwoofer configuration from one designed to produce a cardioid coverage pattern to a conventional stack system," says Díaz. "From the second day on, thanks to the data provided by MAPP Online Pro, I managed to get the entire system working wonderfully, and I got a really clean, powerful sound, given what the auditorium allows. Plus, having the opportunity to work with a tool such as Galileo and use it so that it compliments my personal mixing style really improved the sound of the performances."
With the clarity of the system, Sanz moved many in the audience to sing along when he delivered popular songs such as "El Tren de los Momentos," "Enséñame Tus Manos" and "A La Primera Persona."