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Twin Jubilee Auditoriums Now Home to Canada’s First Installs of Meyer Sound LYON

albertaTwo nearly identical venues have become the first theatres in Canada to be equipped with the Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement systems: Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (NAJA) and Calgary’s Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (SAJA).

Both long-time Meyer Sound users since 1983, the 2,538-seat auditoriums selected LYON as they looked to upgrade from their trusty M2D line array loudspeakers, a decision made jointly by Mark Belkie and Paul Schmitz, technical coordinators for audio at SAJA and NAJA, respectively.

“In our extensive listening and assessment process, LYON set the benchmark that all other competing loudspeakers had to meet or exceed, and none could do so,” reports Belkie. “We’ve found that LYON is a significant step forward in terms of clean and effortless SPL, giving us systems that can easily handle the requirements of anyone coming into our venue, including aggressive rock acts.”

Schmitz cites LYON’s balanced and linear response. “The high frequencies are smooth, and throw clearly to the back of the second balcony,” he adds. “Also, the midrange response is outstanding. On first listen we were immediately impressed with the quality of the vocal range, and the snares, toms, and guitar tones sound fuller and more realistic.”

The upgrade for both auditoriums included 22 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers and six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Six-each MINA™ and M’elodie® line array loudspeakers were installed as center downfill clusters in SAJA and NAJA, respectively. For system drive and optimization, two Galileo® Callisto™ 616 array processors were added to each theatre’s existing Galileo loudspeaker management systems. The systems were supplied by Allstar Show Industries of Calgary and Edmonton, with integration and installation by technical staff at the respective auditoriums.

“LYON has an exceptionally flat phase response and integrates beautifully with the existing Meyer Sound loudspeakers that remain in our systems,” notes Belkie.

Other Meyer Sound loudspeakers deployed at the auditoriums include UPQ-1P and M1D line array loudspeakers and 700-HP subwoofers, in addition to MJF-210, MJF-212A, UM-100P, and UM-1P stage monitors. SAJA also uses CQ-1, UPJ-1P VariO™, and UPM-1P loudspeakers, while NAJA uses M3D-Sub directional subwoofers.

Both locations also have a SIM® 3 audio analyzer permanently in-house. SAJA is notable as the world’s first purchaser of a Meyer Sound SIM analyzer, placing its order in 1986.

Built in 1955, the Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums are owned and operated by the provincial government, and host a wide range of performing arts, cultural, community, and corporate events. Since installation, LYON has supported performances by Boz Scaggs, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, the Alberta Ballet, and the Calgary and Edmonton Operas.

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Konzerthaus Berlin Finds Speech and Music Clarity with Meyer Sound CAL Column Arrays

konzerthausRanked amongst the top five symphonic concert venues, Konzerthaus Berlin has recently installed the steerable Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeakers in its Great Hall (German: Großer Saal). Blending inconspicuously into the hall’s neoclassical architecture, the slender, elegant arrays are used for music reproduction as well as voice applications from concert narration and conductor commentary to emergency alarm systems.

“After modeling and measuring CAL’s extended frequency performance, we were impressed by the system’s ability to handle both speech and high-fidelity music reinforcement,” says system designer and acoustical consultant Ralf Bauer-Diefenbach of Berlin-based MMT Network. “That has surprised many musicians who have heard it; they are amazed that such a small, unobtrusive system can sound so natural.”

Several factors steered the venue toward a CAL solution. “We wanted a system that could be integrated subtly into the architecture,” Bauer-Diefenbach says. “In addition, CAL delivers excellent speech intelligibility, particularly for a reverberant concert hall, with over 95 percent of the STI values greater than 0.5 for the empty hall, and greater than 0.64 with audience present. Speech sounds very natural with CAL.”

The primary central cluster, flown high to keep clear of sight lines, comprises four CAL 64 loudspeakers configured for 360-degree coverage of the two upper tiers, rear stalls, balconies, and stage area. Two additional CAL 32 loudspeakers are placed on each side of the orchestra for floor seating coverage. The advanced beam-steering technology in CAL allows the venue to custom-tailor both the vertical directivity and down-tilt angles with exacting precision, while the CAL 64 model adds beam-splitting capabilities. Also used are four UP-4XP loudspeakers for front fill and four MM-10XP subwoofers. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and optimization. Components were installed by Berlin-based Elektroakustik Neuenhagen GmbH.

Since installation, the system has been used for dramatic readings accompanying the Vienna Philharmonic’s performance of Schubert’s incidental music for Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus, and reinforcement of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The 1,418-capacity Konzerthaus Berlin was opened as a theatre in 1821 and rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977. The acoustics in the shoebox-shaped Great Hall have been ranked among the world’s five best for symphonic music by eminent acoustician Leo Beranek. Konzerthaus Berlin hosts its own resident orchestra, as well as visits by renowned orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

For Leo Beranek’s full list of the world’s best symphonic music venues, click here.

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Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Is Third Renowned Symphony Hall to Install Meyer Sound CAL System

koncertgebouwThe Royal Concertgebouw is expanding its Meyer Sound inventory by adding two Meyer Sound CAL™ 96 column array loudspeakers in the Main Hall (Dutch: Grote Zaal). Amsterdam’s architecturally resplendent and acoustically magnificent concert venue, The Concertgebouw now joins two other world-renowned orchestral venues, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus Berlin, both of which have installed Meyer Sound CAL systems within the last year.

“Here at The Concertgebouw we have been planning for some time to install a state-of-the-art permanent system for speech reinforcement,” states Wouter van Poppel, head of technical services at the venue. “After listening to CAL demonstrations here on site and at the Musikverein in Vienna, we were extremely impressed with the system’s clarity, speech intelligibility, and configuration flexibility.”

The new Meyer Sound system is supplied by Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM), and lead consultant on the project is Theateradvies, both based in Amsterdam.

Meyer Sound CAL column array loudspeakers employ advanced beam steering and shaping algorithms coupled with tight driver spacing and individual amplification of all drivers to provide exceptional coverage accuracy and impeccable audio performance. CAL has recently become the first AVnu-certified AVB loudspeaker product, and will be demonstrated live at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam at the Meyer Sound stand 1-M90.

In three other rooms at The Concertgebouw, Meyer Sound UPJunior™ VariO™ and UPM-1P loudspeakers along with UMS-1P and USW-1P subwoofers provide reinforcement as needed in the Small Hall, Choir Hall, and Pleinfoyer. For amplified concerts, The Concertgebouw deploys a flown MINA™ line array loudspeaker system, supplied as needed by PME-Téchnica of Amsterdam.

The Concertgebouw, Musikverein, and Konzerthaus Berlin are listed amongst the five best venues in the world for their acoustical qualities for symphonic music, according to eminent acoustician Leo Beranek. A fourth hall on Berank’s list, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, features Meyer Sound UltraSeries™ loudspeakers. See his full report here.

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Meyer Sound Partners with Crestron® to Simplify AV System Integration

CrestronTo strengthen its support for system integrators, Meyer Sound has joined the Crestron Integrated Partner Program. The result is a suite of Crestron modules in development that will allow customers to seamlessly implement Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker systems in environments controlled by Crestron products.

The Crestron Integrated Partner modules will provide integrators with direct access to the Meyer Sound Galileo® and Galileo Callisto™ loudspeaker management systems, including functions such as snapshot recall, level control, muting, and more. Developed and tested by Crestron, the modules will fully support Crestron 3-Series® control systems via an Ethernet connection.

“As applications of Meyer Sound products continue to broaden across connected AV environments from corporate boardrooms to arenas, this new partnership will allow us to further simplify workflow for consultants and integrators,” comments John Monitto, Meyer Sound’s director of technical support worldwide. “Now our customers can skip the time-consuming custom OSC programming and enjoy more flexibility in creating high-performance AV systems.”

Meyer Sound’s award-winning Galileo loudspeaker management system encompasses the Galileo 616 and Galileo 408 processors, the Galileo Callisto 616 array processor, and Compass® control software. The Crestron module for Meyer Sound will be available on the Crestron application market this summer.


For more than 40 years, Crestron has been the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems. Our solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, lighting, and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in corporate conference rooms, hotels, classrooms, auditoriums, and in their homes. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

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Meyer Sound LEO Goes “Gangnam Style” with Psy in South Korea

psyPsy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul’s 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed “All Night Stand,” the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy’s music,” says Park Dong Won, the singer’s veteran FOH engineer. “The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I’m not just confident in specifying LEO, but also proud to use it.”

The system comprised dual main arrays, each with 15 LEO-M line array loudspeakers flown over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill. Twenty-four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were arranged in a directional array, with seven MILO® line array loudspeakers per side for out fill and two-each LYON-W and MICA® line array loudspeakers for front fill. Onstage foldback was supplied by two side-fill stacks with two 700-HP subwoofers and four MILO loudspeakers each, along with 20 MJF-212A stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplied drive and optimization.

“Psy was very happy with the LEO system when he first heard it during rehearsals,” reports Park. “He had been using other large-format systems, but discovered that LEO was the first that could deliver clear high frequencies at extreme levels without hurting your ears.”

The LEO system was supplied by Live MISO and designed by Y Hun Lee, systems tech from Sovico, Meyer Sound’s Korean distributor, in consultation with “dB Dave” Dennison, a veteran international system design and tuning specialist.

Park mixed the shows behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console and was assisted by second engineer Ko Jong Jin. A DiGiCo SD8 was used as a sidecar for Pro Tools track playback. Wireless audio for Psy and his special guests was via a Shure UR4D system, with Psy singing through a custom silver handheld transmitter equipped with a Shure Beta 58A capsule.

Released in 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide cultural phenomenon with over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Psy’s popularity in Korea continues unabated as his concert ticket sales, recordings, and video all occupied the number one positions for 2014.

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L.O.C. FOH Mixer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: “Whatever Sound I Put In is Exactly What Comes Out”

L.O.CDanish hip-hop artist L.O.C. became the latest artist to tour with Meyer Sound LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers. Named the “Rødt Lys Tour” (“Red Light Tour”), the production was mixed by Mads Stærke, one of Scandinavia’s most in-demand FOH engineers.

“With LEO and LYON, I know the system will respond musically, so I just let the voices and the instruments do their thing and use much less EQ,” says Stærke, who has worked with L.O.C. for the past seven years. “This system allows me to mix musically, and not technically.”

The touring system comprised 20 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, with four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill and four UPA-1P loudspeakers as additional fill. In some of the larger venues, 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers anchored the main system. Ten 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were driven by the main mix, while 10 more received a separate feed for extreme low-end effects. Two additional 1100-LFC loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were deployed on stage for side fill, while a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and alignment. Risskov–based Victory Tour Production provided the system, with Theis Romme serving as system tech.

According to Stærke, also an experienced mixer of jazz, EDM, rock, and pop, the advantages of mixing on LEO and LYON apply across musical genres. “The first time I mixed on a LYON system was actually a pop concert, and I was blown away by the accuracy and clarity,” he recalls. “Whatever sound I put in is exactly what comes out—the system gives me a very precise and clear feeling of the music. It feels like I can do anything with it. It’s so powerful and physical but at the same time very musical. The 1100-LFCs are also extremely precise in the way they move the air, and are much more powerful than any other low-frequency speaker on the market.”

Stærke mixed the show on a Midas PRO2 digital console, while monitors were mixed on a DiGiCo SD8 digital console. Performers used a Shure Axient digital wireless microphone system with KSM9HS head, in addition to Sennheiser SR 2050 transmitters and EK 2000 beltpack receivers.

L.O.C. has been Denmark’s most popular hip-hop artist for nearly two decades, both as a solo act and a member of the groups Alzheimer Klinikken and B.A.N.G.E.R.S. A two-time Danish Music Award winner, he has been both a coach and a judge on the Danish TV version of “The Voice.”

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It’s All in the Listening at ISE 2015—Meyer Sound Stages Immersive Sonic Event “Countdown”

countdownAt ISE in Amsterdam, visit the Meyer Sound stand to hear some of the latest Meyer Sound loudspeaker and digital solutions in action. Headlining the presentation is “Countdown,” an immersive multichannel sonic adventure that brings the company’s advanced show technology from the world’s most ambitious spectacles to the exhibit floor. Visitors are also invited to experience the exceptional control and sonic fidelity of the steerable CAL™ column array loudspeaker—now officially the industry’s first AVnu-certified AVB loudspeaker.

“Countdown” features the Meyer Sound SpaceMap® multi-channel dynamic panning software with the D-Mitri® digital audio platform. These systems have powered dynamic sonic experiences in theme parks, aquariums, and theatres, including the latest stage adaptation of the Anne Frank story in Theater Amsterdam and Bill Fontana’s Sonic Mappings in Rome. “Countdown” is scheduled to run on all three days of the show at 10, 12, 2, and 4. The sound design is created by Jason Rauhoff, senior digital product specialist at Meyer Sound. Rauhoff was a veteran associate sound designer for numerous Cirque du Soleil® productions and served as recording engineer on Kanye West’s The College Dropout.

Selected for world-class venues from the Musikverein in Vienna and Konzerthaus Berlin to Berner Rathaus in Bern, Switzerland, CAL provides exceptional coverage control and sonic precision, while its Ethernet AVB ports combine audio signal transmission with beam control and remote system monitoring. Now with the AVnu certification, CAL provides seamless interoperability with certified AVB devices from other manufacturers, while offering numerous advantages of the open IEEE AVB standards.

The LEO™ Family of linear line array systems is displayed at the show, including the LEO-M and LYON™ line array loudspeakers which have supported productions from the Judas Priest and Michael Bublé tours to the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fall of the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate. For small to mid-size installation projects, Meyer Sound brings the MINA™ compact line array, the UPQ-1P, UPA-1P, and UPM-1P loudspeakers. In addition, the MJF-210, the company’s lightest stage monitor is featured as well as numerous models featuring the IntelligentDC™ technology, which marries the advantages of self-powered systems with remote DC power. The products at the show range from the HMS-5 and HMS-10 surround loudspeakers and the MM-4XP and UP-4XP loudspeakers to the MM-10XP subwoofer.

Integrated Systems Europe
Stand 1-M90
Amsterdam RAI
February 10-12, 2015

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Meyer Sound Constellation Transforms Oregon’s Newport PAC: “It’s Like Having a Brand New Space”

newportThe Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Oregon has recently installed a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system in its 398-seat Alice Silverman Theatre. With the upgrade, the venue joins the likes of Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall, The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and more than 50 other prestigious venues that rely on the variable acoustics of Constellation to deliver an extraordinary live experience.

“The result of Constellation is subtly but fundamentally transformative for both audience and performer,” says David Ogden Stiers, resident conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra (NSO), who has more than 20 years of experience at the PAC. “We have gone from an okay performance space to an actual, audible concert hall. Frankly, I was skeptical about the system at first—but am now totally won over.”

The proposal of the Constellation solution initially came from acoustical consultant Russ Altermatt, who heard an impressive demonstration at University of California San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center during an Acoustical Society of America conference.

“The flexibility of Constellation and the natural acoustical environment it created in the space were astonishing,” says Altermatt. “Constellation is able to simulate much larger rooms—I could not believe how natural the three and four second RT’s sounded. Newport would have to spend tens of millions to achieve that symphony sound with architectural acoustic solutions, but then the other performance groups would suffer.”

At the core of Newport’s Constellation system is a D-Mitri® digital audio platform that hosts all system I/O, signal processing, and control logic. The room’s acoustic is picked up by 18 miniature condenser microphones and processed by patented VRAS™ algorithms to deliver early reflections and reverberation to the room. This tailored acoustical enhancement is delivered using 40 Stella-4 installation loudspeakers, 26 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, two CQ-1 loudspeakers, 10 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, with low end from four MM-10XP subwoofers and two 500-HP subwoofers.

When needed, a Meyer Sound reinforcement system uses the CQ-1 and HMS-10 loudspeakers and 500-HP subwoofers in addition to one UPA-1P and two UPJunior VariO™ loudspeakers.  The integrated systems provide tremendous flexibility to support acoustic, reinforced, and cinema events. An Apple iPad provides an easy-to-use interface for the system operator to change settings.

“Performers now get an incredible amount of response from the hall, which not only allows them to hear themselves better, but also greatly enhances their perception of audience response,” says Mark McConnell, a former Newport mayor who chaired the project’s capital campaign. “The system is very subtle and extremely effective because the audience is never really aware that Constellation is there and working on their behalf. It’s like having a brand new space—there’s no comparison to what we had before.”

Adam Flatt, NSO musical director, says: “From the podium, the sound has more life and color from the point of production. From there, the bloom carries to the audience—something that was lacking before. We now have a much improved ‘instrument’ in which to make music.”

The Newport PAC is home to a collection of companies known as the PACRATS (Performing Arts Center Resident Artists Team), which includes producers of music, theatre, and dance events. In addition to the PAC’s concert schedule, Constellation supports Broadway-style productions including Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks.

The audio systems were designed and installed by Eugene, Ore.-based George Relles Sound.

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Guests Confirmed: Metallica’s Dual Monitoring Team to Speak in Meyer Sound Online Mixing Workshop

metallica webinarBob Cowan and Adam Correia, monitor mixers for Metallica, will be the next guest speakers on the Meyer Sound Mixing Workshop webinar series, hosted by veteran mixer Buford Jones.

Scheduled for Thursday February 5, 2015, the webinar will focus on the dual monitoring team’s approach to mixing a combination of in-ears and on-stage wedges for the heavy metal legends. Cowan and Correia will also share their key to success for earning and maintaining the artists’ trust and achieving consistency.

The Mixing Workshop is free of charge and is conducted at three different times on February 5:


Sign up here.

As part of Meyer Sound’s worldwide education program, Buford Jones brings lessons learned from a mixing career of almost four decades to his online Mixing Workshop and hands-on sessions around the world. Jones’s illustrious mixing credits include Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and David Bowie.

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Yavapai College Installs MINA: “With Meyer Sound, Everything Gets a Bit Easier”

y_yavapai_pac010 copyTo meet the growing demand for high-profile artists and productions in Prescott, Ariz., the 1,100-seat Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC) has installed a versatile Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system as part of a major renovation.

Since YCPAC’s re-opening, MINA has supported productions from Peter Frampton, Magic of Motown, and the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir to the Manhattan Short Film Festival. “With the new MINA arrays, the YCPAC has an amazing system for live performances, with even coverage throughout the entire venue,” says Tom Aldridge, YCPAC presentation technology manager. “It sounds great, and meeting the requirements on a tech rider is greatly simplified. When people find out we’re running a Meyer rig, everything gets a bit easier.”

The system was designed and installed by Chandler, Ariz.-based TPI. “The MINA arrays deliver great musicality and intelligibility with uniform coverage across the entire hall, and their low profile has virtually eliminated any line-of-sight issues,” says Glenn Peacock, vice president of TPI.

The main system comprises left and right hangs of 10 MINA loudspeakers each as well as three 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in a cardioid array atop the catwalk. Two Meyer Sound models with IntelligentDC™ technology are installed, including 16 UP-4XP loudspeakers for front fill, balcony fill, and under-balcony delay and four UP-JuniorXP VariO™ loudspeakers for box and under-box seats. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment, while a Compass® RMS™ remote monitoring system with one RMServer communicates loudspeaker performance data.

Peacock adds that IntelligentDC technology solves distribution issues and provides tremendous savings in both efficiency and space. “There are a lot of high-density areas in the venue, and we wanted to add some fills to cover some of those shadowed seats,” Peacock says. “The convenience of IntelligentDC allowed us to install those smaller boxes in the most optimal locations without having to accommodate power cabling and other equipment.”

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