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Marilyn Manson Takes on Europe with Meyer Sound MILO
One of the world's most controversial shock rock artists known for his gothic imagery and outrageous stage presence, Marilyn Manson performed a series of arena dates in Europe recently, carrying a massive Meyer Sound system courtesy of Taylor, Mich.-based Thunder Audio.
The main system, comprising two arrays of 15 MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers and one MILO 120 high-power expanded coverage curvilinear array loudspeaker per side, was augmented by two more side hangs of six MILOs each. Twelve 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers per side provided a powerful bottom end.
As Front of House engineer Dave "Shirt" Nicholls explains, the MILO arrays covered the entire audience. "We don't use front fills, as Mr. Manson is in the pit for much of the show," he says.
Bruce Danz, Manson's monitor engineer who also works for Thunder Audio, raves about how well the MILO system worked. "At Thunder Audio, we know that no other system beats the MILO," says Danz. "It installs easily, and with no amp racks to deal with. It also saves a lot of time in setup and teardown."
The stage monitoring system includes four MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers and two 700-HP subwoofers per side. "MICA is an amazing little box too; it's around half the size of the MILO but still really cuts through. I'm sure there were some days when Shirt wished I'd turn it down."
Shirt used MAPP Online Pro to configure the system; a SIM 3 audio analyzer to monitor coverage; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system for processing and delay. "The combination of the three pieces of tools has brought me to a whole new understanding of room analysis," says Shirt. "There's nothing they miss."
Shirt, who also mans the faders for Slipknot, says Manson's music offers its own unique challenges. "Balancing it all can be a bit tricky. The snapshots on the Digidesign VENUE help," he says. "But really, once the room's been analyzed and the system's in place, just starting out with a system like the MILO makes my job so much easier. The whole Meyer Sound package is top notch. In my eyes, there really isn't another speaker system worth using."