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Meyer Sound M’elodie Hits the Right Notes for Tony-Winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Sound Designer Tim O’Heir has chosen a Meyer Sound system built around M’elodie® line array loudspeakers to reinforce the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The production entertains audiences with a high energy that Time Out New York says “makes Broadway rock harder than it ever has before.”

“The M’elodie center array is working out perfectly for the vocals,” says O’Heir. “It’s a rock concert sound, but we also needed great intelligibility along with vocal punch, because the lyrics carry the story line. On both counts, the M’elodies deliver every time.”

The main Meyer Sound system is anchored by dual front hangs of eight-each M2D line array loudspeakers flanking a center hang of 11 M’elodie loudspeakers, while a cardioid array of three flown 600-HP subwoofers provides low end. Two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers provide down fill, two UPQ-1P loudspeakers provide stall fill, and 16 UP-4XP loudspeakers cover front and box fill. System optimization is courtesy of a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with five Galileo 616 processors. Designed in a collaborative effort between O’Heir and audio consultant Kai Harada, the system was supplied by Secaucus, N.J.-based Production Resource Group.

For Harada, the flexible rigging of M’elodie was a huge benefit. “It’s a tall theatre, with three levels and short throws, so I needed the precision aiming of the M’elodie rigging to hit the seats and skip the balcony fronts,” says Harada. “And M’elodie is also just a great-sounding box.”

On stage, two guitar amplifier cabinets each conceal a UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeaker while a USW-1P subwoofer supports the bass guitar. All three sources are controlled from the monitor desk.

“I appreciate that fact that Meyer Sound designs everything that you need to make a system work in house,” says O’Heir. “When you stick with one company that really knows what they’re doing, it all comes together and you avoid headaches. So when Kai proposed a Meyer Sound main system, I was confident it would all work out the way we wanted it to.”

The system is mixed on Midas PRO9 and PRO2 consoles for FOH and monitors, respectively. Performers use Ultimate Ears IEMs coupled to Shure RF systems and Sennheiser vocal microphones.

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Munich’s Deutsches Theater Chooses Compact Yet Powerful MINA from Meyer Sound

For its recent audio upgrade, the Deutsches Theater in Munich, Germany has selected a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system due to its impressive power-to-size ratio and sonic performance.

With the MINA loudspeaker’s small footprint measuring just more than 51 cm [20 inches] long, the technical staff at the 1,500-seat Deutsches Theater was initially skeptical. “We first thought we would need boxes with at least two eight-inch drivers for such a large house,” says Stephan Kirschner, sound engineer for the Deutsches Theater. “But when we heard a MINA system at Jugendstil-Festhalle hall in Landau, we were quickly convinced. You could hear the same level of music everywhere, and the imaging was excellent, which is important in theatre.”

The main system comprises left and right arrays of 13 MINA loudspeakers each, with an additional center array of 10 MINA loudspeakers. Low-end reinforcement is provided by a cardioid array of three 500-HP subwoofers, with two 700-HP subwoofers each placed in two side loges.

For the rear balconies, where full musicality and speech intelligibility are vital for carnival balls, 20 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers with IntelligentDC technology are installed. An additional 12 MM-4XP loudspeakers provide front fill, while a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors supplies drive, delay, and optimization for the entire system.

Technical renovation of the Deutsches Theater, including scenic lighting, video systems, media technology, and microphone systems, was handled by Neuötting-based Zeiler-Technik.

First built in 1896, the municipally owned Deutsches Theater’s reopening was celebrated with a gala concert by the Munich Philharmonic. The theatre has since hosted musicals including The Wiz: The Wizard of Oz. Upcoming events include the Bob Dylan musical biography Dylan: The Times They are A-Changin’, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen.

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With Meyer Sound LEO, DBLUX S.A.C. in Peru Reaches Elite Concert Supplier Status

2014 has been a landmark year for Lima-based DBLUX S.A.C. With a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, founders Andres Cuadros and Guillermo Riera have grown the company into a rental powerhouse chosen for top international tours stopping in Peru. Artists who have performed with DBLUX’s LEO system include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Soundgarden, One Direction, Jack Johnson, Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades, and Daddy Yankee and Prince Royce.

“The concert promoters have been extremely pleased by the great coverage, power, and overall musical quality of the LEO system,” says Cuadros. “Obviously LEO’s reputation has spread among FOH engineers; many who haven’t used it yet are eager to try it. And when they are finished mixing, they are impressed—and sometimes even surprised—by what the system can do.”

Other notable events covered by LEO include “Together in Concert,” where Latin American superstars Carlos Vives, Olga Tañón, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Tito el Bambino performed together to an audience of 25,000. Many of the shows took place in Lima’s National Stadium [Estadio Nacional] and Exposition Park [Parque de la Exposición].

DBLUX S.A.C.’s core LEO system comprises 30 LEO-M line array loudspeakers, with six MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fills. Up to 36 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements provide low end, while system drive and optimization are supplied by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. Exact numbers and configurations vary according to requirements, with MILO® and MICA® line array loudspeakers sometimes deployed for out fills or delays in large venues.

“The new LEO system has quickly proven to be a wise investment,” says Cuadros. “The solid bookings for LEO are keeping us very, very busy this summer, and the demand keeps growing.”

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Bright Norway AS Deploys Largest Meyer Sound LYON System To Date

The largest Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system ever assembled was heard this summer at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway. Provided by Bright Norway AS, the 360-degree system entertained 8,500 employees of Scandinavian supermarket chain REMA 1000 with performances by Norwegian musicians Karpe Diem, D.D.E., and Kurt Nilsen.

Named “1000 Colours of REMA,” the show required a system that could provide even in-the-round coverage at rock music levels with impeccable speech intelligibility. The solution designed by Bright Norway’s Preben Frostad incorporated eight arrays of 11 LYON linear line array loudspeakers each. To deliver powerful and even low-end coverage, the audio team specified a TM Array™ configuration, with four arrays of seven 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements suspended directly over the center stage.

“The whole audio package was perfectly put together by Bright,” says Jens Hagen of Playroom Event AS, the event producer. “LYON was smooth and powerful, yet quite small in size, and the center hang of bass loudspeakers also worked perfectly. The system had good punch throughout the arena, so it was full party mode everywhere.”

System drive and control was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with eight Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and two Galileo 616 AES processors.

“Because the load on the three center beams could not exceed 150 tons for all the audio, video, and lighting elements, we needed arrays that were lightweight, but also had enough power, coverage, and headroom to fill the huge arena,” says Asle Nilsen, head of audio for Bright Norway AS. “The answer was LYON, which delivered clear audio to every seat. We were all amazed at how it performs like its big brother, the LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.”

Mixing consoles for the event were two Midas XL8 at FOH and two Midas PRO2C at monitors. Geir Østensjø was the FOH engineer, and Jarle Kvalsund was the monitor engineer.

REMA 1000 operates more than 700 no-frills supermarkets in Norway and Denmark.

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Markus Dehmer Joins Meyer Sound Germany as Sales Manager, Install

Meyer Sound Germany has appointed industry veteran Markus Dehmer to Sales Manager, Install. Tasked with supporting theatre and studio customers throughout Germany, Dehmer joins a sales team that also includes Florian Kresse, project manager, install; and Chris Wiedenbeck, sales manager, install.

“Our goal has always been to offer customers cutting-edge audio solutions that are best suited to their project requirements,” says Sascha Khelifa, managing director of Meyer Sound Germany. “This requires a team that brings substantial expertise across the entire installation project lifecycle. We’re proud to welcome Markus to Meyer Sound.”

Dehmer previously led the pro audio department of Mörfelden-Walldorf-based system integrator Landau Electronic, where he was responsible for Meyer Sound loudspeaker installations in locations such as City Casino Basel and CongressForum Frankenthal. His past experience also includes positions at Munich-based studio equipment provider SMM and Mainz-based system integrator BFE.

“As a system consultant working with Meyer Sound products, the company always provided me with the perfect tools and support to achieve the best results possible,” says Dehmer. “Meyer Sound has won me over completely, and I’m excited to join the team.”

Dehmer will be based in the Meyer Sound Germany office in Montabaur. He can be reached at markus.dehmer@meyersound.de or at +49 2602 999 08 32.

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Meyer Sound Strengthens Constellation Team with Mac Johnson and Melody Parker

To build on the growing demand for Constellation® acoustic systems, Meyer Sound has bolstered its team with the appointment of Mac Johnson to Constellation Program Manager and Melody Parker to Associate Acoustic Engineer.

“Since the launch of Constellation, the system has revolutionized the acoustics in live performance venues. Our customers are adapting the system’s capabilities for new applications like meeting rooms, recording studios, classrooms, and restaurants,” says Antonio Zacarias, vice president of worldwide sales for Meyer Sound. “With Mac and Melody’s wealth of experience, we’re ready to help customers from all areas find the best solutions for their acoustic needs.”

As Constellation program manager, Johnson drives all aspects of the company’s Constellation efforts, from lead development to design, sales, and commissioning of systems. Johnson has been an integral part of Meyer Sound’s Constellation team since 2011, when he transferred from the company’s education program. Prior to joining Meyer Sound, Johnson was managing partner of a sound rental company in Charleston, S.C. He has extensive experience as a production manager, sound designer, and FOH engineer.

As associate acoustic engineer, Parker provides project support for Constellation and Libra™ acoustic image systems. Parker was formerly an acoustical consultant at Charles M. Salter Associates and a music analyst for Pandora. She has a master’s degree in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley.

Including the new additions, Constellation is backed by a team of experts such as Grammy-winning recording engineer John Pellowe, and scientist Roger Schwenke, Ph.D. The group supports consultants, integrators, and venue users from specification through design, installation, and commissioning. To date, more than 60 systems have been installed around the world. Recent Constellation installation locations include Denmark’s Jyske Bank, Calgary-based energy company Enbridge, the Louisiana Digital Media Center at LSU, France’s Vendéspace, and The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Mac Johnson can be reached at mac@meyersound.com, while Melody Parker can be reached at melody@meyersound.com. Both are based in Meyer Sound’s Berkeley, Calif. headquarters.

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Journey FOH Engineer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: “Music-In Translates to Music-Out”

Rock legends Journey and the Steve Miller Band are touring North America this summer with the Meyer Sound LEO™ Family of products, including the compact LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers launched this year. The equipment choice for the 40-city tour was driven in large part by Journey’s FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski, a former mixer for Avril Lavigne, Van Halen, and Matchbox Twenty. Tower of Power opens the show.

Yakabuski is especially impressed with the linear reproduction of the Meyer Sound system. “With LEO, I find that music-in translates to music-out,” he explains. “The tonality I heard from studio monitors during rehearsals is what I heard when I cranked up the full LEO system. What I find with other systems is a ‘coloring’ of the sound. You often have to adjust your system EQ or even your mixing style to compensate for the tonal quirks of the PA.”

Provided by VER Tour Sound, the system is based around dual main hangs of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers with four LYON loudspeakers under each hang for down fill. Outfill hangs are 10 LYON loudspeakers each, while four MINA™ line array loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers are used for front fill. To maximize low-end impact for the audience and minimize undesired spill for the musicians on stage, dual flown cardioid arrays of nine-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements are supplemented by two cardioid ground stacks of three 1100-LFC loudspeakers each.

A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with six Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplies system delay and optimization. The system was designed by Yakabuski and VER’s Greg Mahler, who is system tech for the tour. Rob Kern is production manager.

“Journey’s music can get very busy in the midrange, and in some amphitheatres it can be hard to keep any space in the mix,” says Yakabuski. “With LEO’s amazing accuracy and clarity, I can create space that has a chance of making it through any muck the venue creates. It’s stunning how crystal clear the system sounds in outdoor venues.”

Although most shows take place outdoors, the tour has also included two arena shows. “It was a treat to hear this PA and Journey in my favorite concert conditions—arena rock,” continues Yakabuski. “The LEO system shines in arenas, with the top seats every bit as sonically pure as at the FOH position.”

Yakabuski mixes Journey on a DiGiCo SD5 digital console. The touring package also includes Sennheiser IEM systems and Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems.

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Meyer Sound MINA Balances Strength & Flexibility on Wanderlust Yoga Tour

In choosing its touring sound reinforcement system, the Wanderlust Yoga Festival had very specific requirements: to provide both pristine vocal clarity for yoga instruction in the daytime and high-impact musical reinforcement for evening revelries. With the tour’s truck space and trussing constraints, the production also needed a system with an exceptional power-to-size ratio and versatility. All of this has led to the selection of a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system, supplied by DBS Audio Systems of Coatesville, Penn.

“In prior years we had used four different systems from four different suppliers, with inconsistent results,” says Sage Anthony Plakosh, production manager for the tour. “This year we wanted to assure that the yoga teachers and musicians would get a consistent experience from venue to venue.”

The main Wanderlust system is anchored by dual arrays of 10 MINA loudspeakers per side, with low end provided by four-per-side 650-P subwoofers arranged in end-fire directional arrays. Two UPJunior VariO™ loudspeakers serve as lip fills, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides drive and optimization. The stage foldback system comprises eight UM-1P stage monitors plus two-each UPA-2P loudspeakers and USW-1P subwoofers for side and drum fills.

“Versatility was another key factor in opting for MINA,” continues Plakosh. “We needed a PA that could maintain full intelligibility for people listening at knee height while doing yoga, then provide the power and punch at night for rock bands and DJs playing electronica. At first I wasn’t sure a box MINA’s size could handle it all, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.”

Midas PRO2 and PRO1 mixing consoles are used for main stage FOH and monitors, respectively. Two smaller reinforcement systems for breakout sessions and evening events are each powered by four MSL-4 loudspeakers and two 650-P subwoofers. All stages use Shure UHF-R wireless systems equipped with a mixture of handheld and headset microphones.

Dave Brotman of DBS Audio Systems adds: “The power-to-size ratio of MINA is just phenomenal, and with the tour’s limited trussing systems, MINA’s light weight was a key factor as well.”

First launched in Squaw Valley, Calif. in 2009, Wanderlust Yoga Festivals draw thousands of attendees by bringing together yoga students, world-renowned teachers, musicians, and inspirational speakers. This year’s tour includes stops at major ski resorts in Vermont, Colorado, California, and British Columbia.

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Starlight on Powering Back-to-Back Heavy Metal Festivals: “Rigging & Tuning Meyer Sound LEO is That Fast”

Supporting heavy metal festivals STHLM Fields and Sonisphere not only took tremendous sonic power, but also an intelligently designed loudspeaker rigging system built for mission-critical circumstances. For the festivals’ headliners Metallica, Slayer, and Mastodon, Starlight built a massive Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system with close to 200 loudspeakers. Within 24 hours, the system was flown and tuned for action for the two productions located 500 km from each other.

Both produced by Live Nation, the STHLM Fields welcomed a sold-out crowd of 50,000 in Stockholm’s vast Gardet Royal Park, while Sonisphere drew 40,000 metal fans to Oslo’s Valle Hovin stadium.

“Although the shows were two days apart, Metallica preferred to have the system ready for a 6:00 pm check in Oslo the day after the first show,” says Fredrik Arwidson, systems engineer for Starlight. “We managed to deliver on the band’s demands with only seven people on the audio crew; rigging and tuning LEO is that fast.”

The main LEO system comprised dual main hangs of 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers with two MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fill. Low end was provided by 42 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in dual flown arrays of 12 each and dual end-fire arrays stacked in rows of three by three, in addition to six M3D-Sub directional subwoofers for center coverage. Main stage out hangs each used 14 MILO® line array loudspeakers, with six MICA loudspeakers for front fill. Four delay systems deployed a total of 24 MILO and 32 LEO-M loudspeakers and 24 flown M3D subwoofers.

System drive and optimization was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 AES and eight Galileo Callisto array processors.

“The sound quality was great,” says Christian Schøyen of Live Nation Norway. “The LEO system filled the entire stadium with plenty of volume, and it looked good, too.”

Arwidson adds: “Every time we set up LEO, I’m surprised by how effortlessly it delivers extremely high output with no power compression. It seems that the headroom never ends. The audience was excited all the way to the back.”

In addition to the main LEO system, the Stockholm site featured a dual-stage setup using a Meyer Sound system also provided by Starlight. It included 54 M3D line array loudspeakers, 42 700-HP subwoofers, eight JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo 616 processors.

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Meyer Sound JM-1P & 1100-LFC Drive High-Energy Worship at The Crossing Church in Las Vegas

To attract a younger, media-savvy demographic, The Crossing Christian Church has installed a concert-grade Meyer Sound system. The design features the JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker and the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element, Meyer Sound’s most powerful loudspeaker for 30 Hz to 85 Hz frequency range.

“It’s great to finally have a system with enough headroom so that we can push it hard when needed, and have it respond with a smooth increase in gain, without distorting or changing the tonality,” says Bob Meyers, principal audio engineer at The Crossing.

For uniform coverage of the wide, 1,800-seat room, the system relies on four main clusters of JM-1P loudspeakers, with four in each end cluster and five in each of the two center clusters. One UPA-1P loudspeaker provides down-fill under each cluster, while six UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers supply front fill. Four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements are flown in an end-fired array over the stage, and two 600-HP subwoofers are placed underneath the deck. System drive and optimization are handled by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.

Kevin Potts and David Starck of Las Vegas-based Coherent Design handled system planning in close consultation with the church’s principal audio engineers: Meyers and Aaron Beck, a volunteer who is also head of sound for a resident Cirque du Soleil® production. System integration was handled by Las Vegas-based AVDB Group, with Bob Langlois responsible for overall direction and Daryl Porter handling on-site project management.

“They are serious about audio quality at The Crossing,” says Starck. “When they built this new worship space, they wanted to make sure everything was done to the highest standards.”

From an integrator’s perspective, the Meyer Sound solution has saved both time and money. “With a Meyer system, you pull it out of the box, and it works,” says Langlois. “The amount of labor is so much less than with other non-powered systems.”

The front end of The Crossing’s new audio system includes a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console at FOH, Shure ULX-D wireless microphone systems, Shure PSM 900 IEMs, and wired microphones from Countryman, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, Shure, and Audix.

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