New York (December 22, 2011)—Christian rock act Skillet spent the fall on the road with a Meyer Sound Milo line array system.
The “Awake and Alive” tour brought the Memphis band to 16 venues in 12 states. Skillet will return to the road beginning December 28 in Sevierville, TN.
Nashville-based Blackhawk Audio provided the touring rig that helped Skillet reach audiences numbering from 2,000 to 8,000, in venues ranging from large churches to small arenas. The Meyer Sound system was comprised of 16 Milo and two Milo 120 line array loudspeakers, eight M’elodie line array loudspeakers, four MSL-4 loudspeakers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers, 14 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system.
“It’s their small headlining rig,” explains Blackhawk Audio’s Jamie Nixon. “They work a lot; they do a lot of secular tours as a support act. When they do headlining tours, they do smaller theatres, college gyms, churches—the churches they’re going to are really big.”
“The Meyer rig is doing very well on the ‘Awake and Alive’ tour,” comments front-of-house engineer Robert Taylor. “The boxes put out a lot of SPL without distorting, which is great since we are limited to the amount of PA we can carry.
“The top end on the Milo is very clean,” Taylor adds, “and it’s been great for vocals. The MAPP Online Pro [acoustical prediction] program has been great for seeing what the PA will do and playing with time alignment without having to physically move cabinets to change coverage patterns. Having the Galileo connected to a router has been very useful as well. I am able to use Compass [control software] on my computer and control the Galileo as I walk the room and make EQ or level adjustment for zones, while I’m in the zone hearing the changes as I’m making them.”
Blackhawk Audio is also providing equipment including Sennheiser G3 in-ear monitors, and Avid Venue Profile and SC48 consoles.