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Meyer Sound LEO Powers 200,000-Strong CfaN Gospel Crusade in Burundi

Christ for All Nations (CfaN) recently debuted its new Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system at a four-day gospel crusade on the outskirts of Bujumbura, Burundi. Set up in an open field without delay towers, the LEO system performed flawlessly for the musical and speech programs in front of 200,000 visitors, and replaces CfaN’s Meyer Sound MSL-3A conventionally powered loudspeaker system that has served the ministry for 26 years.

Unassisted by giant video screens, lighting effects, or pyrotechnics, CfaN events rely heavily on exceptional audio reinforcement. “Clarity of speech is our primary concern at these events,” says Derek Murray, head of sound operations for the ministry. “The LEO system is able to cover very large areas with high intelligibility, as proven by positive reports from the perimeter of the field.”

The system’s dual main hangs in Bujumbura comprised nine LEO-M and three MICA® line array loudspeakers each. Side hangs were eight MICA loudspeakers per side, and four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements per side provided low-end reinforcement. In addition, 10 UPA-1C conventionally powered loudspeakers supplied in and out fill. Control and optimization was handled by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo AES processor and three Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.

“LEO gives us more power in a smaller package, so we now have the space to carry subs without having to leave behind other critical material,” reports Murray. “With the addition of the 1100-LFCs in Bujumbura, we were able to improve the quality of the music presentation—to the obvious delight of the crowd.”

CfaN maintains two Meyer Sound systems for its African ministries: an M3D line array loudspeaker system is used in West Africa, and the new LEO system, based in Kenya, is used for East Africa.

CfaN’s East Africa system also travels with three DiGiCo SD9 consoles linked by optical fiber to a DiGiCo SD-Rack, Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems with Beta 58 capsules, and a Sennheiser IEM system.

“The fact that we’ve used our MSL-3As for so long, under grueling conditions, is a testament to the longevity and reliability of a system that is still supported almost 30 years after it was first produced,” observes Murray. “Just as the MSL-3A was a game-changer back in the 1980s, LEO is a great product that perfectly fits our needs.”

The event in Bujumbura, attended by Burundi’s President and First Lady, was led by evangelist Daniel Kolenda, who succeeds CfaN founder Rev. Reinhard Bonnke as principal leader of ministries in Africa. The German-born Bonnke first launched his African ministries in 1967.

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With Meyer Sound MINA, Every Seat is a Great Seat at Canada’s Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in British Columbia has installed a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system to reinforce its theatrical and music productions. Together with its existing Meyer Sound mono center cluster, the 750-seat theatre now provides an exceptional listening experience to every guest. The MINA loudspeaker arrays were specified and installed by James Dreyer of Kamloops, BC-based Dreyer Bros. Sound.

“It’s a wonderful improvement,” says Eric Pells, technical director for the venue. “The clarity of MINA is excellent, and there’s very little difference now in levels from front to back. Even on shows when we have to mix from the booth in the back balcony, we still get a true representation of the sound.”

Nine MINA loudspeakers each flank the existing overhead center cluster, comprised of two each CQ-1 and CQ-2 loudspeakers and one 650-P subwoofer. Four UPM-1P loudspeakers provide front fill, while two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements have been added for low-end reinforcement. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and alignment.

“The MINA arrays work very well in the room, and have a profile that literally disappears into the proscenium wall,” notes Dreyer. “And their performance is just unbelievable. We walked the room top to bottom and side to side, and there wasn’t a dead seat anywhere.”

Artists and productions heard through the new MINA system include Bryan Adams, Jesse Cook, Great Big Sea, and the Catalyst Theatre’s musical, Nevermore.

“We’ve yet to bring in an outside rental or have a tour take their rig off the truck,” adds Pells. “Regular touring techs told me they love the MINAs, both because they don’t have to hang their own arrays and because they now have a great system to mix on.

“It’s been a great experience all around,” continues Pells. “The installation was easy, and we didn’t have to compromise any lighting positions with the slender profile of the MINAs. So we now have the best of both worlds, for audio and for lighting.”

The upgrade also included a new DiGiCo SD9 mixing console with LCR panning capabilities for musical theatre productions. The venue uses Audio-Technica and Shure wireless systems, along with microphones from AKG, Countryman, Shure, Sennheiser, and Clockaudio.

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Meyer Sound Adds Oskar Meijer to European Technical Support Team

Meyer Sound has strengthened its European technical services with the appointment of Oskar Meijer as Senior Technical Support Specialist. Meijer brings a wealth of field experience working with Meyer Sound products, including the newest LEO™ Family of line array systems.

In his new position, Meijer will support Meyer Sound’s European customers in the design and optimization of loudspeaker and digital audio systems, on-site project commissioning, and after-sale customer training. He will work closely with the technical support teams in Europe and at the company’s Berkeley, Calif. headquarters.

Meijer has more than 20 years of experience in the design, configuration, and commissioning of complex audio systems, and has worked as a stage technician, ground rigger, and project manager. He has served as a lead systems technician at major European festivals such as Way Out West, Stockholm Music & Arts, and Kollenfest, as well as concerts by Ozzy Osbourne, Andrea Bocelli, John Fogerty, and Metallica.

“I have enjoyed using Meyer Sound equipment in my career, and have been a beneficiary of the company’s amazing technical support,” says Meijer. “From my experience working with LEO in the past two years, it is my honest opinion that there is no better tool in the market today when it comes to large-scale reinforcement. I look forward to bringing what I have learned to help other Meyer Sound users get the most out of their systems.”

Meijer will be based in Lund, Sweden, and can be reached at oskarm@meyersound.com.

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George Relles Sound’s New Meyer Sound LYON System Gets Stamp of Approval at Lee Brice Arena Concert

At a recent Lee Brice concert at the University of Oregon, George Relles Sound of Eugene, Ore. showcased its brand new Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system. LYON gave a convincing performance that left an impression on Brice’s FOH engineer, Wayne Pauley, and affirmed owner George Relles’s investment decision.

“The LYON system was a real eye-opening experience,” says Pauley, who mixed Brice on a LYON system at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. “It has remarkable clarity and projection, and it seemed like everything was jumping out of the arrays right at you.”

Pauley also noticed how the linear performance of LYON changed his mixing approach. “I found I could get a well-defined mix that sounded louder than its true SPL. Everything came together so well that I was surprised when I looked over at the SPL meter.”

Relles’s purchase includes 14 LYON-M main and six LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, adding to an arsenal that includes six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system.

One of the traits that first drew George Relles to LYON was its evenness of front-to-back coverage. “With some line arrays, as you get into the near field it doesn’t sound as good, so you have to cover it with front fills,” says Relles. “But with LYON, I was struck by how smooth it sounded when you got close. It was a marked difference from what I’ve heard from other systems.”

In addition to LYON’s sonic qualities, Relles adds that the system’s cost- and time-saving logistical benefits also contributed to his investment decision. “With LYON I can squeeze a lot more power into my limited truck space,” says Relles. “And when I get to the gig, flying is a breeze. I can put the LYONs in place in groups of four, lift them up, and they expand out to the preset angles, ready to lock into place. Everything goes up so quickly, it’s amazing.”

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Dennis Sands Selects Meyer Sound for Dolby Atmos Film Music Mixing Stage

Award-winning film sound engineer Dennis S. Sands has upgraded his Sound Waves SB studio with a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system for mixing in Dolby Atmos. Located in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sands’s private studio is the first Dolby Atmos dubbing stage dedicated exclusively to native mixing of film music.

“I’d heard Meyer Sound systems at several well-known post-production studios,” says Sands. “I was immediately impressed with the quality of the sound, the accuracy, and the depth and richness of the entire soundtrack. It was obvious Meyer Sound was the direction to go for the studio.”

Sands’s monitoring system is anchored by three Acheron® 80 screen channel loudspeakers and two X-800C high-power and X-400C cinema subwoofers each. Perimeter and overhead reinforcement comprises 14 HMS-10 and 10 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers with IntelligentDC technology, while a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor supplies drive and equalization. The system was designed and installed by Ron Lagerlof of Los Angeles-based Visioneering Design Company in consultation with Andy Potvin of Dolby Laboratories.

“It’s easy to see why Dennis was pre-sold on Meyer Sound,” says Lagerlof. “The loudspeakers have extremely low distortion and accurate phase response. You hear exactly what’s there, and nothing else.”

Since installation, Sands has finished native Atmos film score mixes for “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot. He has also completed a 7.1 mix of “Maze Runner” and television mixes for the “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” series.

Originally built as a private dubbing stage for director Andrew Davis, Sands’s studio was designed by film sound legend Tomlinson Holman. The room features a 12-by-20-foot screen, a Euphonix System 5-MC DAW controller, a Euphonix CS3000 digitally controlled analog console, and four linked Pro Tools systems. A Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI bridge connects the Dolby Atmos RMU (Rendering and Mastering Unit) to a BSS SoundWeb London DSP system, which is used primarily for signal routing when switching from Atmos to 5.1 or 7.1 monitoring.

“People who have worked with me in the room before are very impressed with the improvement,” reports Sands. “Reactions have been uniformly positive. For me, the monitoring decision was a no-brainer. Everything I do here translates beautifully onto the dubbing stage.”

Dennis Sands has credits on nearly 300 feature films as a score mixer or re-recording mixer, earning four Academy Award nominations and winning two Cinema Audio Society Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

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Cross Pointe Church in Georgia Upgrades to Meyer Sound MICA & 1100-LFC

Located inside a former Boeing missile factory building in Duluth, Ga., Cross Pointe Church has taken its worship experience to a new level with its recent upgrade to Meyer Sound MICA® line array loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. The new system replaces its trusty nine-year-old Meyer Sound CQ-2 loudspeaker system, which will continue to serve in a second Cross Pointe campus that will open in late 2014.

Alfred Burgess, pastor of worship and creative arts, reports that the MICA loudspeakers’ power and clarity was immediately noticeable. “After the first Sunday, our lead pastor Dr. James Merritt came up to me and said, ‘I’ve just had the best speaking experience of my life,’” says Burgess. “MICA has the coverage and the clarity we want, and now it’s really enjoyable to sit out here and listen.”

The new system includes main hangs of seven-each MICA loudspeakers, which provide uniform coverage for most of the 1,700-seat worship auditorium. Four UPM-1P loudspeakers and a single UPA-1P loudspeaker provide front and center fill, respectively, while four 1100-LFC loudspeakers arranged in left and right cardioid pairs supply low end. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors supplies drive and optimization.

System design and installation was handled by Tom Larrison of Norcross, Ga.-based Blue Hat Design, with assistance by Scott Clark and Joe Kimsey.

Burgess is also impressed by the 1100-LFC loudspeakers. “The low end is really amazing. It doesn’t just rumble at you like some other subwoofers. The sound is powerful, yet tight and clear.”

The new MICA installation is complemented by Avid Profile and D-Show consoles at FOH and montiors, respectively, Waves and McDSP processing plug-ins, and Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring systems.

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RTW Announces Legacy Trade-In Program

Initiative Offers Exchange of Used RTW Devices at Exclusive Pricing

COLOGNE, JULY 14, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, has announced an extensive trade-in program. Customers will have the opportunity to exchange their existing inventory of legacy RTW devices for latest-generation products, which provide loudness metering in compliance with worldwide standards, at attractive pricing.

Through October 31, 2014, customers can return any number of functioning devices from the RTW Peakmeter, PortaMonitor, DigitalMonitor or SurroundMonitor ranges and purchase the same amount of new devices in any configuration at an extra discount of 10 percent. For additional details, customers are encouraged to call their dealers or systems vendors. They can also contact RTW directly.

“With the recent release of the new TM3-Primus, as well as our continuous license offerings for our TouchMonitors, we felt this was a good way to give customers the opportunity to upgrade to our latest products and innovations,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The RTW trade-in program will help our customers experience new tools at a cost-effective price point.”

For more information about RTW’s trade-in/trade-up program, please visit www.rtw.de.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

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MPR System Brings Series Surge Protection to Vertical Power Strips


Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic is expanding its Modular Power Raceway system to include surge protection capabilities with two exclusive benefits. The introduction of Series Protection™ modules for the MPR Series marks the industry’s first vertical power strip to offer series type non-degrading surge protection and its first fully configurable power solution to do the same.

The new Series Protection™ modules will also provide series type surge protection to all cascading modules in each circuit. A patent-pending technology, Series Protection™ is the fastest-responding series type surge suppression currently available.

The Modular Power Raceway system allows integrators to configure their own ETL-listed vertical power solution using off-the-shelf parts. Integrators now have the option of incorporating reliable surge protection into their custom power design. When installed as the first circuit within the power strip, these modules will extend that series type surge protection to all connected units that follow. In addition, the module sits on top of raceway channel, which allows circuit wiring between modules and unimpeded connection to the termination.

The new MPR modules join the Middle Atlantic family of rackmount and RackLink™ power products leveraging Series Protection™ technology. Modules are available in 15 or 20 amp configurations with outlet options being controlled or on when connected.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please see click to www.middleatlantic.com, or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

DPA Shows Its New d:screet™ Necklace Microphones At IBC 2014

DPA Microphones has always been renowned for its ability to deliver superb audio, even in the most challenging conditions. Now, thanks to a new range of body worn microphones, the company has overcome the biggest challenge of all – how to give control of mic placement to non-technical actors or reality show contenstants without compromising sound quality.

DPA’s solution, which will be on show at IBC 2014, is the d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone – a cleverly designed mic that houses a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace.


“These microphones are perfect for situations where fast costume changes are necessary – or for reality TV shows where the contestants have to place microphones without help from a trained audio engineer,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The necklace design ensures that the microphone sits in exactly the same place on the body every time, so there is no need for EQ-ing between different recordings.”

The d:screet Necklace Mic is already being used in the Danish adaptation of Big Brother and DPA anticipates plenty of interest from other reality TV productions. The mic comes in black, white and brown and in lengths of 47 or 53 com (18.3 or 20.9 inches).

At IBC 2014, DPA is exhibiting alongside its Dutch distributor Amptec on booth 8.D70. At 5pm every evening it will be holding a prize draw, which will give one lucky show visitor the opportunity to win a DPA d:screet Miniature or d:fine™ Headset Microphone. At that same time, the company will challenge one of its mics to see exactly how much stress it can withstand. Could it be used as a drumstick, for example? IBC visitors need only come along to 8:D70 at 5 pm to find out.

While there, they can also see DPA’s new heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones and classic d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief, making them even more durable for demanding use. These microphones satisfy market demand for high-quality sound combined with a highly-durable housing and cable.

“Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, our new robust strain relief version brings much needed reassurance to people who are not used to handling miniatures,” Christian Poulsen adds.

The heavy-duty 4060 microphone is ideal for people who require even more security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance. It is perfect for placement in rigorous filming situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. Featuring a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker 2.2 mm (.09-inch) cable, both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of broadcast productions.

DPA will complete its IBC 2014 line-up with its new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones, which are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or one on a stand.

Combining the flexible mechanics of DPA’s modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the legendary 4066 Omni and 4088 Cardioid headworn mics, the new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine family. With so many sound handling and size options to choose from, DPA’s d:fine family now addresses every need that actors, musicians and singers face when working in a live television environment.

“There is a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction for stringent use in live environments and similar settings,” Poulsen adds. “When we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones we believed that they would define a new generation of headsets. They have certainly met our expectations, which is why we have decided to expand the d:fine Headset Microphone series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of styles and features.”

For more information please visit DPA at IBC 2014. Hall 8, Stand D70.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

TNDV Upgrades Production Quality for University Graduation Ceremonies

Mobile production specialist captures, magnifies and streams Vanderbilt and University of Virginia commencements in HD

NASHVILLE, July 14, 2014 — Mobile production is most often associated with the world of sports and large entertainment events, but a growing contingent of non-broadcast organizations are looking to outside production teams to increase quality and expand audience reach.

TNDV recently brought its mobile production expertise to the campuses of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, achieving these goals and more for their spring graduation ceremonies. TNDV transitioned both commencement productions to HD for the first time, vastly improving image magnification quality for the large attending crowds. The company also streamed the live ceremonies worldwide to ensure families, friends and alumni could tune in from anywhere.

According to Nic Dugger, owner and president of TNDV, an increasing number of his clients across education, government and corporate verticals are recognizing the quick return on investment that comes with upgrading the production quality and taking the event to an external audience.

“Universities like Vanderbilt and University of Virginia realize that commencement is the most crucial day to a student’s life,” said Dugger. “Graduation day sets the mood and tone to the student’s relationship with that university forever, and potentially influences future donations and ongoing involvement. They want every student’s family to be able to experience the event with them, whether onsite or online, with the visual and audio quality required for total immersion. It takes a professional mobile production crew and technology infrastructure to make that happen, especially when you are serving two very different audiences.”

TNDV built a true mobile production facility for each event, staffed with producers, directors, and a complement of switcher, graphics and playback operators. The staff positioned multiple Hitachi HD5000 cameras around the venues, feeding back to its Inspiration truck. On board, the signals were sweetened with graphics and audio, and routed to large LED screens on either side of the stage. Throughout the productions, TNDV staff monitored multiviewer feeds both on board and outside the truck, the latter of which lent a professional production atmosphere for attendees.

The team also positioned an array of audience microphones throughout the crowd to capture the energy of the event for online audiences. This replicated the in-person experience for those who couldn’t make the ceremonies. Additionally, all camera feeds from the ceremonies, as well as special events surrounding the commencements, were recorded to Aja KiPro banks for future university use.

For Dugger, the tricky nature of producing graduation ceremonies is that unlike a live performance, the emphasis is not on a single artist or small group of performers. Everyone involved is on equal footing, from guest speakers to the entire student body.

“The challenge across both the image magnification and live stream is to make sure that every student gets the recognition they deserve,” he said. “Every student’s name needs to be seen and heard clearly. Taking the leap to HD production makes that experience far more immersive, and ultimately more memorable. And these productions were truly what you would see for a full-blown live broadcast.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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