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Big Sound, based in Swansea, South Wales, chose an Allen & Heath ML5000 Monitor Console for Bob Geldof's Sex, Age and Death tour. Big Sound provided sound
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Big Sound, based in Swansea, South Wales, chose an Allen & Heath ML5000 Monitor Console for Bob Geldof's Sex, Age and Death tour. Big Sound provided sound reinforcement for 15 dates of the UK leg of the tour, which promoted the ex-Boomtown Rats singer's first release in five years. The 40-channel ML5000, operated by Big Sound's Duncan Wild, was configured as a dedicated monitor console, with all 16 auxes controlled by faders. A Midas Heritage 1000 mixer at FOH fed Adamson Y10 speakers, while a compact Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ16:2DX console was used for supporting acts…Jackson Browne recently hit the road accompanied by nothing more than 10 guitars and a Yamaha P-80 electric piano. In keeping with this low-impact approach, for one leg of the tour Browne relied on a Meyer Sound M2D Compact Curvilinear Array loudspeaker system provided by Muse Productions of Birmingham, Ala. Comprising six self-powered M2Ds and one self-powered M2D-Sub Compact subwoofer per side, the system was more than adequate for the 2,100 to 2,500-seat auditoriums Browne played at Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis and Louisville. “It was very smooth from side wall to side wall,” says FOH engineer Dennis Scrimo. “Walking across the room, I want it to sound the same in every seat, and that's not easy to do.”