Three Days Grace joined rockers Breaking Benjamin and Puddle of Mudd with opening act Red on a successful spring and summer tour of sold-out arena shows. Hampstead, N.H.’s Rainbow Production Services provided a top-notch sound system featuring Meyer Sound MILO family of high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers.
Prior to the tour’s May kickoff in Glen Falls, N.Y., tour management elected to use local rental companies at each venue rather than work with one production company for the entire U.S. jaunt. Their first few Northeast dates went to Rainbow Production Services, whose crew supplied and installed a powerful system with Meyer Sound MILO loudspeakers at its core. Rainbow director of touring and operations Scott Tkachuk, who designed the system, knew that the crowds of up to 17,000 fans would demand a system with serious muscle. His resulting loudspeaker configuration was so successful that tour management quickly retained Rainbow and the Meyer Sound system for the rest of the tour.
“This is one of the best tours I’ve ever done,” says E.J. Bridges, front-of-house engineer and production manager for Breaking Benjamin. “I am extremely grateful for Scott’s expertise, and the Meyer system is an outstanding rig.”
The main system comprises left and right arrays of 12 Meyer Sound MILO cabinets and two MILO 120 high-power expanded coverage curvilinear array loudspeakers each. Smaller arrays of eight MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers per side act as reinforcement for areas near the stage, while six UPA-1P compact wide-coverage loudspeakers provide front-fill. Nine 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers per side, groundstacked, cover low end. A Galileo loudspeaker-management system handles all processing and the RMS remote monitoring system tracks output levels.
“All of the sound guys wanted something that was very flat,” says Tkachuk. “The beautiful thing about using Meyer Sound for this tour was that if the rig was flown properly, I really didn’t have to EQ much at all.”
Throughout the tour, a smattering of smaller performance halls were interspersed with the larger sheds and auditoriums. For those intimate venues, Tkachuk used smaller arrays of eight MICA loudspeakers per side with six 700-HP subwoofers groundstacked.
“The thing that blew me away was the consistency every night in the different rooms,” says Tkachuk. “We played everything from arenas to sheds, and every night the sound was just dead-on. When you have great bands and use a high-quality product that’s set up properly, you just can’t go wrong, and we had that every night.”