Vienna, Austria (December 15, 2006)–Midge Ure once sang “This means nothing to me” in Ultravox’s titular ode to Vienna, but to the audio staff of the city’s Arena Wien, a recent upgrade to a Meyer Sound Milo PA means something indeed.
The open-air venue at Vienna’s Arena Wien sports a Meyer Milo PA.The Arena Wien has hosted everyone from James Brown to Dinosaur Jr., to Santo Barrio to Gnarls Barkley over the course of its 30-year history. The site also features first-run movies, spoken word, and theatrical presentations, with four separate venues at the Arena running a full calendar of events.
With that in mind, the arena recently updated its two largest venues with new audio systems from Meyer Sound. Now the Arena’s Große Halle and its Open Air club each sport two arrays consisting of three Milo high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers and a Milo 120 high-power expanded coverage curvilinear array loudspeaker in each. Two 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers complete each array. Both venues employ 40-channel Midas XL200 consoles at front-of-house, and Yamaha M3000 desks for monitors.
“It’s been a longstanding goal of mine to find the perfect system for the hall, one that would really deliver the ultimate sonic performance for the space, regardless of the musical genre,” explained Thomas Loeffler, Wien Arena’s chief engineer. Loeffler, a veteran of live and studio sound, has manned the faders and designed systems for a wide range of artists including Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and James Brown. “We spent several months trying out a wide range of systems at the arena. Based on the results of our measurements and testing, and, equally important, based on my own ears, the clear choice for us and the arena was the Meyer Milo array. We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on the sound since we installed the Milo systems.”