Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue has launched a three-month European tour âKYLIEX2008,â? bringing a killer new band, spectacular costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier, and state-of-the-art staging, multimedia, lighting and sound.
UK-based Capital Sound has once again designed and supplied a powerful Meyer Sound rig for Minogueâs tour, based around left and right hangs of 14 MILOÂŽ and two MILO 120 line array loudspeakers each. For some of the larger arenas, such as Manchesterâs Evening News Arena and Londonâs O2, two additional side arrays of 12 MICAâ˘ line array loudspeakers augment the system.
Low end is covered by a combination of six flown 600-HP subwoofers per side, along with eight 700-HP subwoofers per side on the ground. âChris Pyne (FOH engineer) wanted a powerful but present low end, with both power and attack. Therefore we suggested the 600-HP and 700-HP together as an ideal combination to achieve that,â? explains Paul Timmins, Capital Soundâs Project Manager.
Because the massive production utilizes the entire stage as a visual backdrop, a center hang of six Mâelodieâ˘ line array loudspeakers is used instead of frontfill loudspeakers. More Mâelodies are placed on the ground to balance the imaging.
âWith the Mâelodiesâ great output and focus, weâve been able to cover the front rows with only six cabinets,â? says Timmins. âWeâre able to do so without interfering with sightlines.â? Three more Mâelodies per side are used for outfills. A Galileoâ˘ loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 units handles system drive and DSP.
A long-time Meyer Sound user, Pyne is exceptionally pleased with the MILO rig: âThe MILO really offers the right mix of power and articulation. Iâve always been a fan of Meyer Soundâs self-powered design; itâs a space saver as well as an efficient and reliable package,â? Pyne states. âOn this tour, weâve got a lot of back-to-back shows. We are able to pre-rig the arrays and distribute cables, and transport them four-high on caster frames; it dramatically reduces setup time and makes it safer and more efficient for the crew.â?
Following Minogueâs 2002 âFeverâ? tour and 2007 âHomecomingâ? tour with Meyer Sound MILO family loudspeaker systems, the current âKYLIEX2008â? tour is making stops in major European cities including Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Riga. For video footage of this tour, visit http://www.kylie.com/.
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