New York, NY (May 23, 2016)—Iron Maiden is in the midsts of a six-month, 35-country world tour. Along for the ride is FOH engineer Martin Walker, who’s been mixing shows on Meyer Sound Leo systems throughout, noting, “Iron Maiden has three guitars, vocals, and occasional keyboards all vying for the same frequency bands in the mix. With Leo, the clarity cuts right through. That also allows me to mix louder than before.”
Throughout the journey, the system has been supplied by UK-based Major Tom, Ltd.; in North America, additional equipment was supplied by Atkinson, N.H.-based Rainbow Production Services.
For that North American leg, which saw the band playing for 15,000+ nightly in areas, a typical system configuration comprised dual hangs of 14 Leo-M over four Lyon linear line array loudspeakers, 18 1100-LFC elements in a cardioid configuration, and a center stack of four 700-HP subwoofers. Outfill hangs were 15 Lyon loudspeakers each, and twin arrays of six-each Leopard line array loudspeakers covered the rear stage. Various fills of UPA-1P, MSL-4, and JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were often included to suit the venue. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and six Galileo Callisto 616 array processors supplied drive and optimization.
Walker adds that Iron Maiden’s rider specifies a Leo Family system as top preference worldwide, but on other legs of the tour, the actual system used may be determined by availability, promoter preference, or a festival system already in place.