Joyful sounds on Plant tour

Robert Plant’s Band of Joy has been touring with a Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeaker system provided by Michigan-based Thunder Audio.
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Robert Plant’s Band of Joy has been touring with a Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeaker system provided by Michigan-based Thunder Audio.

Playing live in support of latest album Band of Joy – the follow-up to his award-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand – Plant mixed covers of classic Americana with rootsy reinterpretations of vintage Led Zeppelin material.

With Roy Williams presiding at FOH, the tour’s complete Meyer Sound complement featured 12 MICA cabinets per side, buttressed by dual 700-HP subwoofers per side, with further extension from side hangs of five M’elodie line array loudspeakers and five M1D line array loudspeakers for front-fill. Available for on-stage foldback were side-fill stacks of two 600-HP subwoofers topped by dual MICA cabinets, plus eight MJF-212A high-power stage monitors.

The MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program and SIM 3 audio analyser were deployed by Thunder Audio systems tech Keith Jex for optimisation. The RMS remote monitoring system was then employed to monitor show-time performance.

Other audio equipment chosen for the ‘Band of Joy’ tour includes Shure SM58 vocal mics (with the exception of a Neumann KMS 105 for vocalist Patty Griffin) and a Midas Heritage 3000 console.

“There’s a warmth generated in this music that we want to come through, and the system seems to be accomplishing that quite well,” said Williams. As well as the quality and reliability of the Meyer Sound systems, Williams also paid tribute to the manufacturer’s support capabilities: “We always feel that we have an extended family at Meyer we can call on whenever necessary. I know that if I have to call, I’ll get an immediate response, and not just ‘Oh, hang on a bit and somebody will call you back.’ That’s important to me, to Keith, and ultimately to the band. Meyer Sound is the master of that kind of support.”

Image Credit: Jesse Goff



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