Now sporting a new line-up including R&B singer/keyboardist Andrew Roachford, Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford’s Mike & the Mechanics project recently undertook its first tour for six years.
Concert production was handled by Britannia Row, who deployed an Outline GTO-based system at the Royal Albert Hall. The main system comprised L&R hangs of twelve GTO elements, with three Outline Mantas underhung from each array plus three along the stage lip to cover the nearfield. Side-hangs of 13 Outline Butterfly elements covered the bleachers, while an under-stage array of Outline Subtech 218 subwoofers provided low frequency reinforcement.
FOH engineer Matteo Cifelli has used Outline systems many times over the years, although this was his first experience with GTO. “Mike & the Mechanics is not a loud band, but GTO’s headroom and effortless power enabled me to create a very dynamic and well-controlled mix with plenty of space for everything. A ‘top of the class’ speaker; I’ve very impressed!”
Britannia Row’s Bryan Grant was also impressed by the GTO’s performance: “This venue is not the easiest in which to create a system design that provides even coverage and, especially when full, it is necessary to deliver full-range coverage of more than 270 degrees in the horizontal plus around 50-60 feet in the vertical. The GTO system providing the bulk of the L&R mix sounded just as good as we’ve come to expect, and the fact that we could easily integrate other products from the Outline range to create a commonly-voiced system to cover the whole room made it relatively easy to get this right.”