Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue has launched a three-month European tour â€œKYLIEX2008,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 Minogueâ€™s tour, based around left and right hangs of 14 MILOÂ® and two MILO 120 line array loudspeakers each. For some of the larger arenas, such as Manchesterâ€™s Evening News Arena and Londonâ€™s 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. â€œChris 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 Soundâ€™s Project Manager.
Because the massive production utilizes the entire stage as a visual backdrop, a center hang of six Mâ€™elodieâ„¢ line array loudspeakers is used instead of frontfill loudspeakers. More Mâ€™elodies are placed on the ground to balance the imaging.
â€œWith the Mâ€™elodiesâ€™ great output and focus, weâ€™ve been able to cover the front rows with only six cabinets,â€? says Timmins. â€œWeâ€™re able to do so without interfering with sightlines.â€? Three more Mâ€™elodies 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: â€œThe MILO really offers the right mix of power and articulation. Iâ€™ve always been a fan of Meyer Soundâ€™s self-powered design; itâ€™s a space saver as well as an efficient and reliable package,â€? Pyne states. â€œOn this tour, weâ€™ve 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 Minogueâ€™s 2002 â€œFeverâ€? tour and 2007 â€œHomecomingâ€? tour with Meyer Sound MILO family loudspeaker systems, the current â€œKYLIEX2008â€? 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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