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Dual Meyer Sound Systems Renewed at Lebanon’s Casino du Liban

When Lebanon’s Casino du Liban celebrated its grand re-reopening back in 1996, the opulent gaming resort entertained visiting jet-setters in two completely remodeled venues—both featuring Meyer Sound technology. Between 2009 and earlier this year, another technical upgrade project equipped the 1,200-capacity Théâtre du Liban with Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeakers and furnished the cabaret-style 600-seat Salle des Ambassadeurs with new M’elodie line array loudspeakers.

“After hundreds of successful shows, I had no thoughts of replacing the old systems with anything other than Meyer,” says Tony Khoury, who has been head audio engineer at Casino du Liban since 1996. “I wanted newer technology but with the same natural sound quality and amazing reliability. In 16 years, I had zero loudspeaker failures. That made me a Meyer Sound believer.”

Both systems were designed by Khoury, in consultation with Meyer Sound Design Services, using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. For the two-level Théâtre du Liban, Khoury plotted a configuration with seven-per-side MICA line arrays each flown under a 600-HP subwoofer, with additional deep bass from dual ground-stacked 700-HP subwoofers. Four M1D line array loudspeakers and five UPM-1P loudspeakers supply front fill and balcony delay respectively, with everything tied together by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor.

In Salle des Ambassadeurs, the newer of the two rigs deploys seven-per-side M’elodie line array loudspeakers along with twin UPQ-2 loudspeakers as a center cluster, four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers for left and right side fill, 10 M1D loudspeakers for underbalcony fill, two 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor. This system was provided and installed by Beirut-based Prolites in early 2012.

“The new line arrays have given me much more headroom, and even better uniformity of levels and imaging throughout the rooms,” states Khoury. “Since we completed the installation at Salle des Ambassadeurs, we’ve had seven concerts and all the bands were surprised by the punch of the system and the clarity of instrumental sounds.”

The prior Meyer Sound systems utilized a variety of legacy loudspeakers, including UPA-1C, MSL-2A, USW-1, and 650-R subwoofers. Both rooms are still making good use of the existing stage monitoring systems, with each comprising legacy USM-1 non-powered monitors and MTS-4A self-powered loudspeakers for side fill. The upgrade program also furnished three new Midas PRO6 consoles: one at each FOH mix and one at monitor in Salle des Ambassadeurs.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean about 20 miles from Beirut, Casino du Liban originally opened in 1959. Thirty years later, beleaguered by years of factional strife in Lebanon, the casino was forced to close. After a $50 million complete reconstruction, the elegant resort reopened in 1996.

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Meyer Sound Appoints John McMahon to Executive Director of Operations and Digital Products


John McMahon, Executive Director of Operations and Digital Products at Meyer Sound

Meyer Sound has announced John McMahon as Executive Director of Operations, a newly created position effective immediately. McMahon will play a key role in aligning the long-term mission, operational goals, and expansion programs across the company, while continuing to fulfill his existing duties as Executive Director of Digital Products and Managing Director of Meyer Sound China.

“It’s important to maintain our responsiveness in our engineering and support services as we develop more system-based products like EXP [cinema system] and Constellation [acoustic system] while entering new vertical markets and expanding our global presence,” says Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound. “John McMahon will play a key role in connecting the different departments and making sure they are in sync as the company builds towards further growth.”

Under the strategic oversight of Helen Meyer and CEO John Meyer, McMahon will work to strengthen the company’s operations and its ability to innovate in collaboration with the key department leaders. They include Pablo Espinosa of R&D engineering, Dean Marshall of product development, Tim Wise of manufacturing & sustaining reliability, Mike Panko of production services, Cliff Eldridge of finance, Rachel Archibald of marketing, and Antonio Zacarias, who has recently been promoted to VP of worldwide sales.

McMahon joined Meyer Sound in 2005 during the acquisition of Level Control Systems (LCS Audio) at which he was serving as CEO. Since then, he has been working closely with consultants, sound designers, and other end users while growing the company’s digital engineering and technical teams to make Meyer Sound digital audio technology accessible to audiences worldwide.

John McMahon can be reached at johnmcm@meyersound.com.

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Meyer Sound and NTi Introduce Cinema Meter Option for XL2 Handheld Analyzer

Berkeley, Calif.-based Meyer Sound Laboratories and Liechtenstein-based NTi Audio AG have announced a new cinema meter option for NTi’s XL2 handheld audio and acoustics analyzer. Developed through a collaborative effort by the two companies, the Meyer Sound cinema meter option and test script allows cinema sound technicians to calibrate loudspeaker systems efficiently and to an extremely high degree of precision—beyond what is recommended by basic SMPTE standards—using a small, easy-to-use handheld device.

The cinema meter was initially created to extend the capabilities of the XL2 analyzer to facilitate efficient and accurate alignment of Meyer Sound EXP cinema systems, which are inherently capable of highly linear performance with exceptionally flat phase and amplitude response. The cinema meter option comprises a software package which includes a Meyer Sound test script that can be used for tuning any cinema system. Test signals can be sourced through storage in the cinema system or from the NTi MR-PRO generator.

“A fundamental goal of EXP cinema audio is to achieve near perfect linearity,” notes John Meyer, CEO of Meyer Sound. “Final calibration is critical in realizing that goal, and with the Meyer Sound XL2 cinema option, technicians now have a compact and cost-effective tool for making the extremely precise adjustments required.”

The cinema meter project reflects Meyer Sound’s commitment to leadership in all aspects of cinema sound technology. It also marks its first outside collaboration on a test and measurement product; the company’s renowned SIM audio analyzer was developed entirely in-house.

“NTi Audio is extremely pleased to have this opportunity to work with Meyer Sound,” says Tom Mintner, president of NTI Americas. “The confidence Meyer Sound places in the XL2 is deeply appreciated, and underscores NTi’s position as the recognized world leader in handheld audio test instruments.”

The Meyer Sound cinema meter development was facilitated by Mintner along with Thomas Hupp and Philipp Schwizer on behalf of NTi Audio, with performance specifications and test routines developed by the Meyer Sound engineering department.

To begin shipping in July 2012, the Meyer Sound cinema meter option will be available through NTi Audio’s worldwide sales channels either with the purchase of a new XL2 or as an upgrade to an existing unit. It will also be available through Meyer Sound EXP distribution channels.

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Meyer Sound Promotes Antonio Zacarias to VP of Worldwide Sales

Meyer Sound has named Antonio Zacarias Vice President of Worldwide Sales, a newly created position to supervise the company’s growing sales activities and support the international and regional sales managers in servicing Meyer Sound customers around the world. Formally Director of Latin American Sales at Meyer Sound, Zacarias has been instrumental in the fast expansion of the Meyer Sound Mexico office that he has headed since 1998 and will continue to oversee in his new position.

Reporting to Helen Meyer, executive vice president of the company, Zacarias is charged with all aspects of leading Meyer Sound sales managers and partners across the globe, including setting sales goals and forecasts, developing consistent pricing and distribution policies, and evaluating and communicating new product requirements and business opportunities. Zacarias will also collaborate with the company’s marketing department on promotional activities and providing technology information to customers.

“As Meyer Sound and our product offerings evolve and expand, our opportunities and challenges are changing as well,” says Helen Meyer. “We’re excited that we’re able to promote from within. With Antonio taking on this new role, he will be fostering a visible and consistent sales structure to benefit our sales partners, and making sure that customers will receive the same quality support regardless of where they are.”

Prior to joining Meyer Sound Mexico as technical support in 1997, Zacarias was audio technician and then operations manager at Audio Concepto SP, and was also front-of-house and monitor engineer for artists including Pandora, Mijares, and Benny Ibarra.

Currently based in Mexico City, Zacarias will relocate to the Meyer Sound headquarters in Berkeley, Calif. in the next few months. To contact Zacarias, please write to: antonio@meyersound.com.

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Meyer Sound and Solotech to Sponsor the 33rd Montréal International Jazz Festival

In partnership with Solotech, Meyer Sound will be supporting the 33rd edition of the Montréal International Jazz Festival as the Official Sound Reinforcement Sponsor. A world leader in touring and installed sound systems, Meyer Sound will be heard at more than a dozen venues of all sizes, indoors and out, throughout the festival.

“The challenges of our diverse collection of indoor venues and outdoor stages are met by Meyer Sound and Solotech with creativity and a great concern for a superior sound experience,” acknowledges André Ménard, artistic director for the festival. “More than mere suppliers, they have become true partners in our adventure!”

Meyer Sound systems will be in place at the premier indoor venues, including the nearly 3,000- seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, where MICA line array loudspeakers will anchor a system prepared for headliners including James Taylor, Norah Jones, and Seal. The JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers will be heard at the Place des Arts Théâtre Maisonneuve and the new Maison Symphonique de Montréal, which has recently installed a permanent JM-1P system and is hosting festival concerts for the first time in 2012. A new MINA line array loudspeaker system will debut in the intimate L’Astral cabaret at Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

Outdoors, the main stage at Place des Festivals will utilize a powerful complement of MILO line array loudspeakers for main and delay systems, while MICA line arrays are the foundation for the main stage at Promenade Maisonneuve.

Additional Meyer Sound systems are planned for deployment at Place des Arts Théâtre Jean Duceppe, Hyatt Session, Pub Heineken, Le Parterre Blues Stage, Esplanade Clark, and Parc des Festivals.

A longtime partner with Meyer Sound since 1992, Solotech has supplied Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems for entertainment and music icons that include Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Cirque du Soleil®, and more

Presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, the Montréal International Jazz Festival ranks as one of the world’s largest and most esteemed annual musical celebrations. The lineup for 2012, reflecting the cross-pollination of musical inspiration worldwide, includes—in addition to artists noted above—Tangerine Dream, Stanley Clarke, Al Stewart, Philip Catherine, Ziggy Marley, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, and Esperanza Spalding, among many others.

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Club 35 Treats Alexandria, Egypt to Five-Star Nightlife with Meyer Sound UltraSeries

At its grand opening in February, Club 35 Alexandria wowed its clientele with the sonic clarity and power provided by a Meyer Sound UltraSeries loudspeaker system. The night was a packed, memorable experience featuring a set from DJ Jean, who was flown in from Beirut for the occasion.

“I give a lot of attention to detail, and I wanted to create the trendiest nightspot in Alexandria,” says Club 35 Manager David Boulouys. “That meant that all the elements had to be top-notch, and that is why I chose Meyer Sound.”

Located at the five-star Maritim Jolie Ville Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt, Club 35 is the city’s first exclusive nightspot and the first franchise to branch out from Cairo’s trendy 35 Restaurant & Lounge Bar (aka Club 35 Cairo).

Cairo-based events company Modern Touch Entertainment—one of Egypt’s top entertainment companies and the country’s exclusive distributor of Meyer Sound since 1999—supplied the sound and lighting equipment at Club 35.

“I wanted to have a nice distributed system that would deliver enough power without compromising clarity,” explains Bassem Fahmy, director of technical support. “Everyone was very happy with the system,” he says. “We received a lot of positive feedback.”

Fahmy designed the sound system at Club 35 with four Meyer Sound UPA-1P loudspeakers, six UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, four USW-1P subwoofers, four UP-4XP loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 408 processor.

Modern Touch Entertainment has completed a number of other prestigious installations using Meyer Sound equipment, including the sound and light show for the Edfu and Philae temples, Buddha-Bar, and Little Buddha Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, as well as the new Hard Rock Café in Sharm El Sheikh to be open in July 2012.

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PRG Selects Meyer Sound System for Dalai Lama’s Address at Long Beach Arena

On the last day of his April visit to California, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke about “Peace of Mind in Troubled Times” to an audience of more than 10,000 at the Long Beach Arena. To maintain precise intelligibility in the challenging arena acoustics, PRG Audio of Sun Valley, Calif. deployed a Meyer Sound system comprised largely of MICA and M2D line array loudspeakers.

Providing intelligibility in the arena environment was a key requirement for Bill Daly of PRG Audio’s design and engineering team. Working in consultation with Meyer Sound Tech Support, Daly plotted a mono system with front hangs of 11 M2D line array loudspeakers each and 10 M2D loudspeakers at center. Filling the vast rear portion of the oval arena were three delay hangs of eight MICA line array loudspeakers each, augmented by two CQ-2 loudspeakers for spot coverage. Seven MINA line array loudspeakers were spaced across the stage lip as front fills, 16 UPM-1P loudspeakers provided stage monitoring, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with dual Galileo 616 processors supplied drive and optimization.

“It was critical that everybody could hear everything His Holiness was saying,” says Mark Bodine, production manager. “There were a lot of obstacles in this situation, but with the Meyer system it worked out very well.”

For Bill Daly, audio manager in absentia, success depended on the performance of the Meyer Sound system; his hand-picked tech crew including Jacob Kile, Brian Murray, and Joe Fogarty; and the abilities of the FOH mixer for the event, John Coleman, who is also the audio supervisor for UCLA Live.

“I heard comments that this was the best spoken word event in the history of that arena,” says Bill Daly. “All I can take credit for is selecting the right crew and the right equipment. Meyer Sound delivered as they always do.”

The mixing console for the event was a Yamaha M7CL, and the headworn microphone for the principal speaker was a DPA d:fine cardioid headset.

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Long Beach was sponsored and organized by the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling Center for Buddhist Culture. His Holiness was introduced to the audience by actor Richard Gere.

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Meyer Sound to Host Its First AVB Webinars

Berkeley, Calif.-based Meyer Sound has announced the company’s first live webinars on AVB (audio video bridging), the non-proprietary IEEE AV networking standards built upon the ubiquitous Ethernet protocols. The newest addition to the Meyer Sound worldwide education program, these webinars will be led by John McMahon, executive director, digital products.

In these online sessions, McMahon will give a beginner’s introduction to the AVB standards, show how AVB can drastically simplify AV network design and implementation, and explain the role of the AVnu Alliance certification program. Three one-hour webinars have been scheduled on June 5, 2012, and are open for registration free of charge. More detail is available here.

Meyer Sound is one of more than 40 members in the AVnu Alliance, an industry consortium formed by silicon, automotive, and pro AV manufacturers working together to define AVB and certify AVB devices for interoperability. To date, two AVB-capable products have been announced in the Meyer Sound product line, including the CAL column array loudspeaker and the D-Mitri digital audio platform.

Attendees of InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas interested in AVB are also invited to participate in the education programs at the AVnu Alliance Pavilion. The presentations will feature an interoperability demo with devices from Meyer Sound and 14 other member manufacturers including Avid, Biamp, Harman, Marvell, Sennheiser, and Yamaha. More detail is available here.

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Meyer Sound’s MINA Clears the Path for TONY-Nominated Bonnie & Clyde

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A recipient of two 2012 TONY nominations for best original score and best performance by an actress, Bonnie & Clyde was a musical based on the infamous Depression-era folk heroes. The show ran at New York’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and featured a large complement of Meyer Sound equipment, including the new MINA line array loudspeaker.

MINA, the newest and smallest member of the MILO family of line array loudspeakers, was critical to the successful system design and installation at the Schoenfeld. “We’re always up against the wall, literally and figuratively, in trying to get these things in without impeding sightlines,” says sound designer John Shivers. “MINA loudspeakers are quite powerful in a very compact package, which makes them ideal for theatrical applications.”

Weight was also a factor in the loudspeaker specification for Bonnie & Clyde. “We had limited structure in the theatre to support the speaker system, so we couldn’t have an inordinate amount of weight,” says associate sound designer David Patridge. “We’re happy Meyer released something in the size and profile of the MINA; it’s a musical-sounding speaker with a smooth frequency response.”

New York–based Masque Sound provided Meyer Sound equipment comprised of eight MINA and 22 M’elodie line array loudspeakers, six UPM-1P loudspeakers, two UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, four 500-HP and two 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors. Masque also provided a DiGiCo SD7T console and microphone and wireless equipment from Shure, Sennheiser, and DPA.

Shivers and Patridge specified their first Meyer Sound MINA system for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. “The theatres are both very challenging in their architecture in terms of hanging a PA that would efficiently give us the coverage we needed while keeping sightline reduction to a minimum,” Shivers says.

What catalyzed MINA’s use in Bonnie & Clyde was a production last summer at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Shivers and Patridge employed a 10-box MINA system for A.C.T.’s production of Tales of the City, which enabled a thorough evaluation.

“I had heard MINA in a demo and thought that they were quite interesting,” Shivers recalls. “But to hear something in a demo and then use it in a real-world application doesn’t always translate, so we thought that was an ideal opportunity. We were very pleased, and it was instrumental in us specifying them for these two shows.”

Shivers is satisfied with the installation at Schoenfeld. “Everybody’s been complimentary about the system,” he says. “For me, MINA is an excellent product and something I will be considering whenever appropriate.”

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Meyer Sound Favored for Events Large or Small, Indoors or Out, at Lied Center of Kansas

Consistent audio quality is the rule at the Lied Center of Kansas, the principal performing arts venue for the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Whether attending a headliner concert in the 2,000-seat theatre, an evening of acoustic folk music in the new pavilion, or an outdoor social event on the adjoining terrace, patrons appreciate the superlative music and voice reproduction provided by Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

The newest addition of Meyer Sound equipment was installed in the facility’s new education pavilion. A flexible open space hosting a broad range of events—pre-and post-performance discussions, lectures, master classes, and intimate musical performances—the roughly 200-person capacity pavilion presented an acoustical challenge to the system designer and integrator, Kent Clasen of Lawrence-based MSM Systems. He resolved the issue by implementing dual Meyer Sound UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers.

“The room is extremely live with hardwood floors and two glass walls,” Clasen says. “Other wall and ceiling surfaces are set at angles, so mounting architectural columns—our initial plan—would appear awkward. Fortunately, the UPJ-1P loudspeakers gave us precise control to keep sounds properly focused. We’re also getting excellent intelligibility and wider bandwidth for music, and the architects are happy with the look thanks to the custom-color finish.”

The pavilion’s system also includes a recessed 500-HP subwoofer for low-frequency extension. “The sub is primarily used for full-bandwidth reproduction of video soundtracks,” Clasen says, “but it’s also handy for something like acoustic bass in a jazz band.”

Rounding out the system, two additional UPJ-1P loudspeakers are adaptable for pole mounting, connection to outputs for the adjoining terrace, or for use elsewhere in the building. “We’ve used them a lot for effects and monitoring,” notes Doug Wendel, associate director of Lied Center of Kansas. “They sound wonderful, and you can do just about anything with them.”

The recent pavilion setup follows an earlier Meyer Sound installation for the main theatre. Comprising eight CQ-2 main loudspeakers, two 650-P subwoofers, and four UPM-1P loudspeakers for front fills, the system lends optimum audio support to the wide variety of jazz, pop, world music, and spoken-word performances in the main venue.

“The sound of that system is just amazing,” Wendel says. “Kent did a great job of tuning it, and the coverage is seamless. We just had a Mongolian contemporary music ensemble in here, and once again the sound was absolutely perfect.”

Lied Center of Kansas opened in 1993 and was made possible by generous support from the Lied Foundation Trust based in Las Vegas, Nev. Its diverse programming includes performances by University of Kansas music ensembles, as well as touring Broadway shows, humor and spoken word presentations, and concerts encompassing a range of pop, jazz, classical, and ethnic/world music styles.

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