With six stages hosting more than 100 major and emerging musical acts, the Music Midtown Festival (Atlanta) boasts one of the most diverse lineups of any festival in the world. This June, the 12th annual summertime event attracted more than 300,000 guests to its 40-plus-acre festival site.
Rock ’n’ Road Audio (Tucker, Ga.) was on hand to supply the sound for the event. The company’s Roy Drukenmiller and on-site production manager James “Jid” O’Brien worked with Nashville’s Spectrum Sound and Blackhawk Audio to ensure that there would be enough powerful hardware to guarantee a splendid time for all.
On the Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage, alt-rock ruled with a lineup that included The Pixies, The Lemonheads, the White Stripes, DEVO and Keane performing through a rather substantial array featuring 34 MILO and four MILO 120 expanded coverage high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers, as well as two-dozen 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers. Four MSL-4 horn-loaded long-throw loudspeakers provided frontfill. Front-of-house engineer Tommy Rodgers drove the mix using a Yamaha PM1D digital console, with loudspeaker processing courtesy of an LD-3 compensating line driver.
The Hooters/Kicks 101.5 stage featured an all-star country lineup , including performances by Alan Jackson, Jo Dee Messina, Keith Urban, Trace Adkins and Cross Canadian Ragweed. Front-of-house engineer Mark Archibald used a pair of UPJ-1P compact VariO™ loudspeakers as reference monitors for the mix coming from the Yamaha PM5D digital console and bound for 20 MILO cabinets and 14 M3D sub-directional subwoofers.
The urban sound was pumping at the Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 stage, where the Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, Whodini, Biz Markie, Slick Rick and more were playing. Front-of-house engineer Jeremy “Kong” Barfield, also flying a PM5D digital desk, opted for a pair of UPM-1P ultra-compact wide-coverage loudspeakers as his reference monitors, while the musicians worked via a rig of 12 M3D line array loudspeakers.
“With a festival as big and musically diverse as Music Midtown, we knew we could count on Meyer Sound for a solution for every stage,” Drukenmiller reports. “The MILOs have the high end we needed for clarity and the 700-HP subs gave us that all-important thump. The self-powered aspect is very important too: On the 99X stage, we went from two trucks of cabinets last year to one this year. And Meyer Sound is always there when we need support. [Meyer Sound East Coast technical support representative] Matt Salerno did an exceptional job setting up the rigs and [Meyer Sound tour liaison manager] Buford Jones was indispensable in interfacing with all the various bands’ staffs.”
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