The Killers at London’s O2 Arena

Two nights at London’s O2 Arena, closed the British Isles leg of the Killers fifth studio album tour, Wonderful Wonderful. Mixing FOH was Kenny Kaiser, and alongside him experienced system tech Toby Donovan – arguably one of the most experienced Martin Audio MLA system techs in the world – overseeing the Capital Sound MLA PA at FOH.

The band used a familiar Martin Audio set-up comprising main hangs of 17 MLA elements plus two MLD Downfills per side, with side hangs of 12 MLA plus an MLD Downfill per side. Also used were secondary side hangs of ten MLA Compact enclosures on each flank to ensure that, while the main side hangs provided coverage up to around 8ft-12ft upstage of the downstage edge, the secondary hangs coverd the side stage seats.

The KillersThe band used through a familiar Martin Audio set-up comprising main hangs of 17 MLA elements plus two MLD Downfills per side, with side hangs of 12 MLA plus an MLD Downfill per side. Also used were secondary side hangs of ten MLA Compact enclosures on each flank to ensure that, while the main side hangs provided coverage up to around 8ft-12ft upstage of the downstage edge, the secondary hangs would cover the complete side stage seats.

For the low frequencies, five MLX subwoofers were flown on each side at a 45° angle between the main and side hangs, while a further 21 MLX elements were set across the front, in spaced 7 x 3 array ground stacks, with the bottom enclosure reversed. Flying the subs at 45° ensured good low-end reinforcement round the sides and enabled Toby Donovan to keep the electronic dispersion of the sub array on the ground fairly narrow and the delay time short, thereby keeping the sound punchy.’

To complete the coverage, six of Capital Sound’s favoured Martin Audio DD12s served as front fill.

Through his work with American West Coast-based Delicate Productions (a long-term Martin Audio partner), Kaiser was entirely familiar with MLA, having also worked with earlier systems such as W8L Longbow: ‘I first experienced MLA when I was tech’ing for Selena Gomez, her first tour of the States. We had MLA out and I really loved it. I then toured with a bunch of other people and it’s been awesome ever since.’

In fact, the Killers started using MLA on the Battle Born tour when Kaiser’s predecessor, James Gebhard, was mixing FOH and so for this tour it made sound sense to continue with the system. On this tour, says Kaiser, ‘my main focus is clarity – and I mix tonality second. When we’ve had some challenges like at Glasgow Hydro or at Brixton academy, using Hard Avoid [in DISPLAY software] just cleaned everything up.’

Capital Sound MLAKaiser also instantly noticed the coverage power of the system: ‘This box really throws – it’s insane. You can do any arena, you just put the system up and go. I’ve been sitting at 108dB – I had a peak at 112dB last night [at O2 Arena] so there’s tons of power in this thing and I’m barely tickling the green meters.

‘Over in Dublin the producer of the actual album [Jacknife Lee] came out and said it was one of the better shows he heard in there; he actually walked the room and it was great coverage everywhere.’

Kaiser also had praise for the Capital Sound team: ‘They’ve been absolutely awesome, the crew has been fantastic, super professional but at the same time everyone gets to share a joke.’

There was a reciprocal praise from his ‘wingman’ Toby Donovan, another Killers stalwart: ‘I love working on the Killers tour; I’ve done it for quite a few years now in various positions like the audio crew chief, front of house tech at festivals, and as a systems engineer as I am now,’ he says. ‘Kenny is just a great front of house engineer, his mix has such impact so it’s like a real pleasure to work with him because the results I think are really superb.’

He says that all he is striving for is consistency. ‘Kenny’s mix is rock-solid, so we just want that to translate into every venue and sound as similar as possible in every seat, which is challenging; but now we’ve got a PA system that helps us achieve that.’’

He attributes this to the fact that Martin Audio frequently improves the optimisation software: ‘We’re using the latest version of the Display software to generate the presets which somewhat dictates the coverage the PA achieves through the venue – as well as other factors like SPL profile or if you want to achieve any particular avoidance areas of balcony front, or make the stage a bit quieter. We’re just allocating most of the DSP in order to achieve a decent smooth SPL profile through the venue.’

Although both he and Kaiser have independent wireless analysers running Smaart, MLA is now such a known quantity that it obviates the need to check the response at every possible point of the venue. ‘I just know that the performance that is shown in the prediction software really translates well into the real world,’ says the system tech.

‘The sound is really thumping,’ Kaiser reports. ‘I think everyone in the band is super happy – when they come out front and listen they’re pleased.’

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