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Meyer and Midas proving ‘magnetic’ for Metallica

test 24 March 2009

EUROPE: Metallica is continuing one of the year’s biggest tours as Meyer Sound prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary, reports PSN-e. The sound reinforcement set-up for Metallica’s ‘World Magnetic’ tour incorporates considerable quantities of Meyer Sound line array equipment and a Midas XL8 live performance system at FOH.

After a three-month North American leg, Metallica will play European arenas, stadia and festivals until the beginning of August, when its current schedule will climax with an appearance at the new Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House, UK.

Metallica’s ‘World Magnetic Tour’ finds the metal veterans playing in the round with the new TM Array configuration, deploying four centre overhead arrays of Meyer Sound’s ultrahigh-power 700-HP subwoofers. Devised with the assistance of Meyer Sound European Technical Support representative Thomas Mundorf using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program, the arrays each comprise 700-HP subwoofers.

"By creating a line array of 700-HPs and bringing them closer together, you take advantage of the fundamental law of good sound design – the basic line array principle that one sound source is the best possible option," explained Mundorf. "This design uses that and the subwoofers’ omnidirectional throw pattern."

The band’s powerful sound reinforcement system also includes eight arrays of 12 MILO and four MICA line array loudspeakers each, along with 24 MJF-212A stage monitors. System drive is provided by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with five Galileo 616 processors. The RMS remote monitoring system feeds extensive real-time data to the operator, while a SIM 3 audio analyzer is employed to optimise, calibrate and monitor the performance of the system.

Another core component of the ‘World Magnetic’ set-up is a Midas XL8 console at FOH. The band’s long-term sound engineer, Big Mick Hughes, praised the desk’s sound quality, versatility and ability to cope with the demands of a tour that requires 80 channels – and counting.

"If the band want to add something to a song I don’t have to worry that I’ve got no holes left to plug it into – we just keep adding channels willy nilly!" said Hughes. "If we have a guest appearance we just configure a few new channels on the XL8. And we also have all the onboard gates, compressors and dynamics we could possibly need."

Meanwhile, back at Meyer Sound HQ, the company is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary at ProLight+Sound in April. Products set to be showcased during the exhibition include the MILO family of line array loudspeakers, the two latest additions to the UltraSeries (the UPQ-1P wide coverage and UPQ-2P narrow coverage loudspeakers), and the Galileo loudspeaker management system.

The company will also offer a variety of presentations throughout the show, while Constellation project director John Pellowe will participate in the PL+S Manufacturer’s Forum.

For more PL+S previews, consult the March edition of Pro Sound News Europe (digital version accessible here) and look out for the next issue of PSN-e.

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