New York (June 25, 2009)–A Meyer Sound loudspeaker that once belonged to the Grateful Dead hangs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City–just one indication of the long-lived relationship between the performers and the pro audio manufacturer. It’s only fitting, then that more than 45 years after their first concert, The Dead (previously the Grateful Dead) used a Meyer Milo PA, supplied by Pro Media/UltraSound, on its recent 22-show, 17-city tour, the band’s first tour in more than five years.
The system, designed to provide up to 360-degree coverage for the tour’s multiple arena dates, included main left and right arrays of 16 Milo and two Milo 120 line array loudspeakers each. Left and right side arrays of 10 Milo and two Milo 120 loudspeakers each were augmented by identical arrays covering far left and far right areas, for a total of 72 Milo and a dozen Milo 120 loudspeakers in all.
The rear areas were served by left and right arrays of 12 Mica line array loudspeakers each. Low frequencies were handled by 16 700-HP subwoofers, with eight each flown below the main Milo arrays. An additional nine M3D-Sub directional subwoofers were groundstacked at the stage. Left and right frontfills of three CQ-1 loudspeakers each and a pair of UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers for centerfill completed the setup.
“The Meyer Sound system provided us with a consistent, clean, and powerful image across a wide range of venues,” remarked FOH Engineer Derek Featherstone, who used a pair of HD-1 audio monitors at the mix position. “Even with more than 90 open microphones on the stage, we had very little leakage back onto the PA system.”
Few bands have played a larger role in the evolution of today’s concert sound than The Dead. The band was among the first users of Meyer Sound systems, and Meyer Sound founder John Meyer credits the group’s high standards with inspiring his ongoing quest for audio excellence.
Meyer Sound Laboratories