Lincoln, NH (October 13, 2004)–Loon Mountain ski resort, has been home to SoulFest, a four-day Christian music event, for the last seven years. This year, Rainbow Concert Productions of Hampstead, NH used a PA comprised of 24 Meyer Sound Milo high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers for the event.
According to Scott Tkachuk, Rainbow’s crew chief and systems tech for the show, the main Revival Stage featured 10 Milo cabinets, plus two Milo 120 expanded coverage high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers per side. Headline acts on the stage included Stephen Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, Newsboys, Jars of Clay, and Third Day.
Tkachuk noted, “I did have UPAs (UPA-1P) for front fills,” he says, “but with the barricade and the stage thrust out so much I just didn’t need them because of the 120s.” The boxes came through, despite some challenges: “They had scrims in front of the PA, but they dropped the ball,” Tkachuk said. “Usually with the scrims, you want to keep it at 60 percent blow-through. But they painted them.” As a consequence, blow-through was less than 50 percent, possibly as low as 30 percent. “I told them that this might really screw up the sound, but I was amazed. The Milos just blew right through it. I goosed the high end up a little bit, added some parametric EQ, and replaced some of the sizzle that was missing. It was great–I couldn’t believe it.”
Rainbow supplied two Midas Heritage 3000 mixing consoles, one at front of house and one mixing stage monitors, for the headliners. A Yamaha PM4000 (FOH) and a PM4000M (monitors) was provided for what Tkachuk refers to as the “festival acts” opening the bill. It has been such a busy summer for Rainbow, who also installed two large Meyer Sound rigs for the season in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, that Tkachuk did not even get the chance to work with Rainbow’s new 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers. “We get a lot of summer installs,” he noted. “We’ve got a full Meyer install at the Cape Cod Melody Tent (in Hyannis, MA.): a 16-box M2D rig with four UPA-1s and some 700-HPs. (The 700-HPs) are going to come back after the summer, and then, hopefully I’ll get to use them.”