The Corrs "Out on Tour"
The Corrs are touring the U.K. and Europe using a FOH Meyer system based around six MSL-6's and 20 MSL-4's. The system is provided by Canegreen Ltd. of London, England.
The Irish quartet is composed of three sisters and a brother - Sharon, Caroline, Andrea, and Jim Corr. Sharon plays violin, Caroline plays drums and bodhran, Andrea (the lead singer) also plays the tin whistle, and Jim plays guitars and keyboards.
James Bamlett, Technical Support Consultant, Meyer Sound Labs, designed the touring system for the band who fuses modern rock and traditional Irish music.
"We [Meyer Sound] made our first contact with the Corrs at the 1998 Montreux Jazz Festival," says Bamlett, "where they were doing a show in the Miles Davis Hall. The band had previously used a Meyer MSL-4 system rented from Canegreen, and were very happy with it. However, they were due to start playing larger venues in December. They asked us what we could recommend as an arena system...
"We worked with The Corrs' front of house engineer, Max Bisgrove. He wanted a system that would be easy to set up, physically small enough not to block sight-lines, and able to put about 110 dB in every seat in the venue. Plus, of course, have a consistently good sound throughout the venue.
"The MSL-6/MSL-4 combination was the obvious solution to meet all of these requirements. The long-throw performance of the MSL-6's would allow the band to play arenas without the need of delay clusters. This would greatly reduce set-up time - both physically hanging the system, and aligning it once it's in the air. I was able to keep the system small because of the efficiency of self-powered loudspeakers. In fact, when we first rigged it, it looked a little too small. But once we powered it up and achieved the necessary levels, the small appearance of the system was no longer an issue... I aligned the system using SIM for the first few venues of the tour.
"The monitor engineer, Mini, requested PSM-2 self powered monitors because the band loved them at Montreux. He was amazed at how little EQ he needed to use on them."
"A critical issue on a tour of this size is the reliability of the loudspeakers. The Corrs are touring with a Meyer RMS system, so they are able to monitor exactly how each speaker is performing from front of house or backstage - something not possible with conventionally powered systems."
The Corrs released their debut album in 1995, "Forgiven Not Forgotten" (143/Lava/Atlantic) which sold a phenomenal eight million plus copies in Ireland and Australia, went gold in France, Canada, Norway, and Japan, and then double-platinum in Spain and Denmark. Their second effort, 1997's "Talk on Corners" (143/Lava/Atlantic), incorporates a more melancholy and adventurous tint to their musical palette.