Metallica rock Malaysia with Meyer Sound
MALAYSIA: Kuala Lumpur-based EHQ Projects and Selangor-based SES Sound & Lighting recently collaborated for Metallica’s first-ever concert in Malaysia, jointly supplying a 146-loudspeaker system based around Milo line array loudspeakers.
In order to cover an audience of 30,000 in Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Merdeka, the two companies configured a system of 72 Milo loudspeakers, including 40 for main hangs, 30 for side hangs, and two for out-fills. Front-fill was provided by 12 M’elodie line array loudspeakers while 40 700-HP subwoofers provided low end support.
System drive and alignment was supplied by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors. Dual side-fill arrays comprised five Milo loudspeakers each over two 700-HP subwoofers per side, combined with 26 MJF-212A stage monitors for on-stage foldback.
FOH mixing duties were handled by ‘Big Mick’ Hughes, Metallica’s long-time engineer. Monitor engineer Bob Cowan and assistant monitor engineer Adam Correia handled the band’s on-stage mix.
‘There were no delays, but the sound was clear and very loud even 100m back from the stage,’ recalled Jay Neil, technical director of EHQ Projects. ‘Afterwards, I had people telling me it sounded like a CD on a great stereo.
‘After the show, the media reported that it was the first time they’d heard really great sound at an outdoor rock concert in Malaysia,’ he added. ‘Big Mick deserves a great deal of credit for mixing Metallica as only he can.’
Andrew Warren, managing director for EHQ Projects, worked closely with Mr Neil, while Frankie Lau, Marcus Koay, and Frando Ho coordinated logistics for SES Sound & Lighting under the supervision of managing director S.T Ho.
‘Metallica was the show of a lifetime,’ enthused Mr Neil. ‘We want to thank SES for coming on board as a partner to make it a great success.’
Metallica’s Malaysian appearance was produced and organised by Galaxy Group, in association with LAMC Productions and Rockstar Touring.