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With Meyer Sound LEO and LYON, Judas Priest FOH Engineer Gets Headroom, Weight Savings, and Clarity

judas priestFor British metal legends Judas Priest’s world tour, FOH engineer and production manager Martin Walker has selected LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound’s growing LEO Family of products. With the power and linear response of both products, the crew can easily adapt the system for a wide range of venues, which includes casino showrooms, arenas, large theatres, outdoor amphitheaters, and festivals.

“The response of the system is pretty seamless, whether going from main LEO arrays to LYON side arrays, or going from a main LEO hang in an arena to a LYON hang in a theatre,” Walker says. “You turn on the PA and there’s really no difference to worry about. The headroom is there, the weight saving is there, and the clarity and fidelity are there. It’s a great system with either box out front.”

The main and side arrays for the tour are assembled from the tour’s full inventory of 28 LEO-M and 32 LYON loudspeakers and 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Twelve M’elodie® line array loudspeakers are deployed as fills, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and six Galileo Callisto 616 array processors handles drive and optimization. For onstage foldback, monitor engineer Brad Johnson mixes the band on 10 MJF-212A stage monitors and side-fill stacks of three JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two 700-HP subwoofers per side. The system is supplied by UK-based Major Tom Ltd.

“I try to recreate a total experience of the band,” says Walker, who mixes behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console. “I want a loud sound with full bandwidth, warmth, and depth, a sound that really brings the band to life. With LEO and LYON, I can realize that, every night.”

Steel Panther opened the North American leg of the tour. Judas Priest’s last world tour in 2011-2012 was supported by a MILO® line array loudspeaker system.

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Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe Collaborates with Meyer Sound to Create Exceptional Dining Experience

olivetoOliveto Restaurant and Cafe, the innovative, Italian-inspired dining destination in the heart of Rockridge in Oakland, unveils a new look – and sound – this week. Addressing the industry-wide issue of noise pollution in restaurants, Oliveto has found the perfect balance in its new partnership with Berkeley’s pioneering Meyer Sound, installing a state-of-the-art acoustic solution in addition to making enticing aesthetic changes as part of the restaurant’s first major renovation in 18 years. At the same time, the Meyer Sound system allows the restaurant to advance on its soon-to-launch Oliveto Commons, an ongoing series of classes, panel discussions and workshops focused on food policy issues, producers, cooking techniques, and wine and spirits.

Led by owners and founders Bob and Maggie Klein, Oliveto’s renovation speaks to the 28-year-old restaurant’s deeply ingrained curiosity and drive for continual innovation and improvement. Oliveto’s commitment to the local community, environmental stewardship, and sustainability parallels their commitment to providing everything necessary for a profoundly gratifying customer experience, making the partnership with Meyer Sound a logical next step.

“We think it’s a good time to step out of the crowd of the current restaurant scene,” said Bob Klein. “When we decided to make sound management a top priority in our renovation, we wanted to go with this extraordinary company that thought deeply about a problem, took no short cuts, and is truly innovative.”

Known for creating impeccable listening environments, from Cirque du Soleil to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, Meyer Sound has tailored its groundbreaking Constellation and Libra systems for Oliveto — the second restaurant to employ this unique acoustic management technology — to seamlessly transform the dining experience.

Employing visually striking Libra acoustic panels, as well as patented algorithms, microphones, and small loudspeakers distributed throughout the upstairs dining room, the Meyer Sound system shapes the sonic ambiance of the space to ensure consistently comfortable conversations. With the touch of an iPad screen, restaurant staff can choose the optimal aural properties for the time of day, type of event, and occupancy. Guests on any side of a table – large or small – can be heard clearly and without interruptions or distractions from background noise or voices from other tables. With Libra and Constellation working seamlessly together, Oliveto has created a truly multi-sensory experience that sets the perfect tone for conversation and connection, while maintaining the all-important buzz of an exciting, busy restaurant.

Deborah O’Grady’s mural-sized, high-resolution photographs of olive and oak trees (which are printed on the large absorptive Libra acoustic panels) are the cornerstones of Maggie Klein’s interior renovation. Additional enhancements include a mixture of modern elements and the natural world, with deep grey walls that fall into the visual background; dramatically lit, large native California tree branches; a new bar crafted from orchard walnut trees; new carpeting and chairs, and artwork from Pt. Reyes painter Susan Hall.

About Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe

Oliveto is a renowned restaurant and cafe in the heart of the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, serving innovative, Italian- and northern Mediterranean-influenced California cuisine. Founded by Bob and Maggie Klein in 1986 with the simple intention of bringing the distinctive flavors of the northern Mediterranean to California, Oliveto has been a Bay Area leader in sourcing the best seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients through a network of passionate purveyors, and was an original restaurant pioneer of the whole animal movement for the region. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel, Oliveto offers house-cured salumi, handmade pastas created with specially milled Community Grains flours, and sustainable fish, exceptional seasoned produce and foraged plants available no where else. Since Chef Rhodehamel’s arrival in 2010, Oliveto’s special dinners, like the Tomato, Truffle, Oceanic, and Whole Hog dinners, have taken on a new character and elevated quality.

The wine list at Oliveto is a direct product of relationships with the best traditional producers and vineyards, and is comprised primarily of Italian wines, with the addition of select wines from France, Spain, California, and Oregon. It proudly features classic and lesser-known producers, as well as a one-of-a-kind aged-wine program, comprised primarily of older vintages of Barbaresco, Barolo, and Brunello. The cocktail program at Oliveto is centered on the same values as the kitchen and features housemade bitters, tinctures, and syrups, along with nearly a dozen rotating housemade cordials that change seasonally.

With both the 104-seat upstairs dining room, which offers exquisitely prepared food in a fine-dining atmosphere, as well as the warm and bustling 36-seat cafe downstairs, Oliveto is at once a special occasion destination and a neighborhood spot that appeals to a local, sophisticated, and well-traveled Bay Area audience.

Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe is located at 5655 College Ave., Oakland. The upstairs restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the cafe downstairs offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily. For reservations in the restaurant, please visit OpenTable or call 510-547-5356.

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Germany Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall with Meyer Sound LEO

berlinTo commemorate 25 years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel led rock legend Peter Gabriel and the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra in a celebratory spectacle that drew more than 100,000 people to the Brandenburg Gate. To provide utmost clarity for the music and speeches at this monumental milestone, the event organizers chose the most powerful loudspeaker technology available today—a Meyer Sound LEO® large-scale linear reinforcement system.

“LEO has a slim profile, yet it has a massive sound and incredible output,” notes Marcus Mechelhoff, production manager for Berlin-based event management company mediapool, who designed and coordinated all lighting, video, and pyrotechnics for the event. “It was the perfect tool for every requirement. Speeches were clearly heard everywhere, while rock, pop, and classical music were perfectly reproduced. I received only positive feedback about the sound quality from the FOH engineers for very different musical artists.”

To cover a crowd spread across a 150-by-500-meter area, four arrays of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers and 34 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were configured. Four delay towers comprised a total of 16 MILO® and 16 MICA® line array loudspeakers, with 12 UPQ-1P loudspeakers as near fills. Twelve MJF-212A stage monitors and 12 CQ-1 and four UPA-1P loudspeakers provided onstage foldback. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo AES 616 and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors supplied system drive and optimization.

Sound system configuration and equipment supply were handled by POOLgroup of Emsdetten, Germany, a full-service production provider that has supported other high-profile events including two German visits by President Obama and a G8 Summit.

“With such a massive crowd, LEO’s extraordinary long-throw capability was much appreciated by the production,” says Tim Humpe of POOLgroup, who served as project manager for the event. “LEO once again proved to be the ideal solution for a high-caliber multimedia event.”

POOLgroup also provided a DiGiCo SD7 and two Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing consoles, 16 channels of Shure UR4D wireless microphones systems with KSM9 handhelds, and 14 channels of Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring.

Audio reinforcement specification for the tender was commissioned by mediapool to Ivo König and Til Schwartz from Berlin’s IT AUDIO. Schwartz also served as audio coordinator for the worldwide television broadcast.

As part of the program, Peter Gabriel sang David Bowie’s “Heroes” in front of video footage showing the fall of the wall, and the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra with conductor Daniel Barenboim performed “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The ceremonies also included speeches by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, former Polish trade union leader and president Lech Walesa, and Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union.

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Pioneering American Sound Artist Bill Fontana Chooses Meyer Sound for Immersive Exhibit Sonic Mappings at Rome MAXXI Museum

sonic mappingsAmerican sound artist Bill Fontana has partnered with Meyer Sound in the creation of—Sonic Mappings—a permanent sound art installation for Rome’s MAXXI Museum. Fontana’s musical landscape pays tribute to Rome’s Acqua Vergine, the ancient waterway that is at the heart and soul of Roman civilization. Sonic Mappings is the centerpiece of Open Museum Open City, the museum’s latest exhibition dedicated to sound, which MAXXI Artistic Director Hou Hanru describes as “the most radical and experimental aspect of contemporary art.”

Undertaking an ambitious artistic journey, Fontana travelled the path of the Acqua Vergine from the source springs at Salone to the ancient tunnels still in existence under the streets of Rome.  By using microphones, hydrophones, and accelerometers—some placed in the water flow and some imbedded into walls—Fontana captured the diversity and full range of sonic impact and acoustic resonance. From these source recordings, Fontana created a musical composition suffused with the acoustic, harmonic, and rhythmical qualities of the water, lending a perfect complement to the sensual undulating curves of the architecture by Zaha Hadid.

Sonic Mappings connects listeners to what I think of as the acoustic soul of Rome—the sound of water ebbing and flowing through the city’s ancient aqueducts,” says Fontana. “After decades of creating sound sculptures, I have learned that creating a sense of immersion in a multi-dimensional soundscape can only be achieved using the most accurate audio technology. Without it, the listener’s illusion will break down. This is why the partnership with Meyer Sound is so critical for the Sonic Mappings experience.”

A long-time user of Meyer Sound technology, Fontana worked with Scott George of Autograph Sound to create the soundscape using two of Meyer Sound’s most powerful creative tools: SpaceMap® multichannel surround panning, which gives the designer a flexible tool to fly sounds through space, and the D-Mitri® digital audio platform, which provides the signal processing and distribution backbone for the sonic immersion. For reinforcement, Fontana specified MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers to ensure the intricate detail of the sculpture is projected with utmost clarity and impact.

In addition to the permanently installed Sonic Mappings, Meyer Sound systems play a key role in the aural transformation of three other showpieces by artists including Philippe Rahm and Justin Bennett, who combine to deploy 82 MM-4XP loudspeakers in their exhibits. For Italian artist Francesco Fonassi, eight UPM-1P loudspeakers and two USW-1P subwoofers are implemented. Equipment support is provided by Carlo Volpe of Fox Sound Service and Linear Sound.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Fontana has created sound sculptures that have changed the perceptions of visual and architectural spaces around the world since the 1970s. Meyer Sound has played a central role in many of his projects, including exhibits at the Tate Modern in London, SFMOMA in California, Madison Square Park in New York City, and the Imperial War Museum in the UK. He has also done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France, and the Austrian State Radio. Fontana was recently honored with a Golden Nica celebrating Lifetime Achievement from the Prix Ars Electronica.

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Tackling Audio in a Big Tent: Meyer Sound LYON Immerses VIPs at University of Oregon Fundraiser

u of oregonThe University of Oregon recently kicked off its $2 billion fundraising campaign with an AV spectacular under a massive tent, widely known to be a difficult setting to achieve quality sound. With the power and clarity of a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system, the audio team overcame the event’s technical complexities and offered a sonic experience that was both clear and immersive.

Even coverage is generally difficult to achieve in a tent due to its imbalanced effects on different frequencies. “The acoustic challenges of a big tent were further complicated in this case because the stage was placed in the center splitting up the audience, with video screens on all sides,” says sound designer Don Ross. “Also, there was no truss work over the stage to fly arrays, so we had to cover over 100 feet from the stage in both directions with ground-stacked speakers.”

George Relles Sound of Eugene, Ore. provided sound design support using the Meyer Sound MAPP Online Pro® acoustical prediction program. He determined that the best solution for the 260-by-150-foot tent was four arrays of one LYON-W wide-coverage and three LYON-M main line array loudspeakers each. Two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements provided low end, with four UPM-1P loudspeakers for on-stage foldback. System drive and optimization was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 array processor.

The result was exceptional audio for all event programs, which included live music, speeches, and video soundtracks showcasing high-impact effects created by Ross. “Sonically as well as visually, the whole experience was fantastic,” says Michael Hull of AHM Brands, executive producer of the event on behalf of the university’s Office of Development. “Given all the complexities, we couldn’t have been happier. The sound from LYON was flawless, and fully contributed to the impact of the 360-degree immersive environment. Afterwards, we received a number of compliments on quality and clarity of the audio program.”

Ross adds: “The sound of LYON was very impressive. Speech articulation was excellent, and the coverage was great. Also, the wide-dispersion LYON-W loudspeakers on the bottom eliminated the need for front fills. And by reversing the polarity of the two opposing systems, we created an effective null on the stage that prevented feedback problems.”

For the post-program cocktail hour, a performance by jazz vocalist Halie Loren was reinforced by two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers, one 700-HP subwoofer, eight MJF-210 stage monitors, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor. Outside the tent, a 150-foot long video projection screen greeted the VIPs as they walked in, with audio accompaniment by two UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers.

Other equipment provided by Relles included Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 digital consoles at the main and cocktail stages, respectively; Sennheiser and Shure wireless microphone systems equipped with DPA d:facto II, Neumann KMS 105, and Shure KSM9 handheld capsules; and DPA d:fine 4066 headset microphones.

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Warner Bros. De Lane Lea Turns To Meyer Sound for Dolby Atmos Upgrade

wb de lane leaWarner Bros. De Lane Lea, one of the world’s premier sound post-production facilities, has added 24 additional Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers to its primary mixing stage as part of a recent upgrade to Dolby Atmos. The newly outfitted Stage 1 is central London’s largest stage and also its first to offer this format. It has been booked for the mixing of major feature films since re-opening.

Stage 1′s proven track record using the Meyer Sound 7.1 cinema system since its installation in 2010 meant that the natural choice for expansion was the selection of additional Meyer Sound components to meet the rigorous requirements of the Dolby Atmos format.

“Dolby Atmos places intensive demands on the monitoring system,” notes Chris Burdon, staff re-recording mixer at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. “Replaying full-range audio across the entire surround array at high levels, while maintaining accuracy, is a new challenge. Fortunately, we’ve found that the Meyer Sound system provides the necessary audio fidelity and output power to mix confidently in Atmos. The traditional Meyer strong points of smooth frequency response and spatial accuracy really come into their own in helping to create a continuous sound space.”

The complete Stage 1 monitoring system is anchored by three Acheron® 80 and three Acheron LF screen channel loudspeakers, one of each paired to receive a separate channel. Atmos surround sound is provided by 12 HMS-10, 10 HMS-12, and 10 HMS-5 surround loudspeakers, while five X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers in front and two X-400C cinema subwoofers in the rear provide low end. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor supplies system drive and optimization.

“In our most recent feature film mix, the main setting for the characters needs a wide, surround-heavy soundscape to really immerse the audience,” explains Burdon. “The 360-degree sound image was well controlled, allowing the story to be told without distracting the viewer from the narrative.”

Burdon notes that Dolby Atmos soundtracks “often involve high sound pressure levels, but the Meyer monitoring helps keep ear fatigue to a minimum.”

Stage 1 at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea offers a seven-meter screen, an 80-fader AMS Neve DFC Gemini digital mixing console, seven Pro Tools HDX systems for playback and recording, and film and 2K 3D digital projection.

In addition to Stage 1, Meyer Sound cinema systems are installed in two other Dolby-certified mix stages at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. The facility offers a fourth mix stage that features Dolby Atmos Home Theatre monitoring, two ADR stages, a 37-seat screening theatre with 4k 3D digital projection, and 51 cutting rooms.

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From Hockey Games to Nobel Conference, Meyer Sound IntelligentDC Gives Gustavus Adolphus College Arena a Sonic Advantage

adolphus collegeWith its new Meyer Sound system featuring IntelligentDC™ technology, Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota is fully equipped to provide exceptional audio coverage for every function in its 1,500-capacity Lund Arena. These events range from hockey games to national programs such as the Nobel Conference®, the first ongoing educational conference in the United States to have the official authorization of the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

“With the Meyer Sound system, we have controlled and uniform sound everywhere, with ample full-bandwidth power and exceptional speech intelligibility,” says Matt Dobosenki, the college’s event technical services coordinator. “With the old system, the sound would build up, overexcite the room and lose coherence. Now it’s clean and has plenty of punch, but it’s never overbearing.”

The solution selected for the arena is a remotely powered system featuring IntelligentDC, the Meyer Sound technology that combines the performance advantages of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation efficiency of Class 2 wiring. A single, five-conductor cable carries remote power and balanced audio signal to the loudspeakers from a rack-mount power supply and signal distribution unit. In the US and many other countries, electric conduit is not required.

“IntelligentDC technology is ideal for this application,” explains Jon Young, CEO of Bloomington, Minn.-based Heroic Productions, who provided and installed the sound system. “We can provide the sound quality you can only get from a self-powered, bi-amplified system, but we don’t need 60 new AC runs up on the roof beams. And with individual control of each speaker, we have total flexibility in zoning the system and balancing the levels. And if the operators want to turn the volume up in the student section twice as loud as the parent section, that’s easily done.”

The Meyer Sound models chosen for the audio upgrade include 19 UPM-1XP loudspeakers spaced over the ice floor, 20 UPJunior-XP VariO™ loudspeakers covering the spectator stands, and 16 UMS-1XP subwoofers for full-range musical punch, while eight UP-4XP loudspeakers cover an adjacent hallway. Handling system drive, optimization, and zoning is a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors.

In early October, the Lund Arena hosted the 50th Nobel Conference, authorized by the same foundation that grants Nobel Prizes. The two-day event presented 11 noted leaders in the sciences and humanities from around the world, including three Nobel laureates.

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Georgia’s Free Chapel Expands to New Gwinnett Campus with Meyer Sound MINA

free chapelFree Chapel in Georgia has opened a new satellite campus in Gwinnett with a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system in its 900-capacity auditorium. The facility is the ministry’s second venue to deploy Meyer Sound, following the success with a CQ-2 and MSL-4 loudspeaker system on its main campus in Gainesville.

“Our Gwinnett auditorium is easily one of the best-sounding rooms I’ve heard in a long time in terms of coverage smoothness,” says Michael Henson, technical director for Free Chapel. “The spoken word clarity is outstanding. We get a straight unprocessed audio feed of Pastor Franklin’s voice, and we’ve found that we have to do almost nothing on the console to make it sound great in the room. The clarity and presence of the MINA system create an optimum environment for worship by producing a sound that’s immersive, but never distracting.”

The auditorium has installed dual arrays of eight MINA loudspeakers each, six 700-HP subwoofers, two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers for side fill, and eight UPM-2P loudspeakers for front fill and recessed stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment.

Audio quality is critical at Free Chapel in part because Pastor Jentezen Franklin is both an inspiring speaker and accomplished saxophonist. “He has a trained musician’s ear, and after walking the room front to back and side to side for the first time, he was very pleased with what he’d heard, as we all were,” reports Henson.

Outside of the auditorium, the café, bookstore, and entryway areas feature 44 Stella-8C installation loudspeakers. Also implemented are several loudspeaker models with IntelligentDC™, the Meyer Sound technology that combines self-powered advantages with easy installation. The IntelligentDC systems installed in these areas are four MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and one MM-10XP and two UMS-1XP subwoofers. All systems were designed and installed by Moyers Group.

“A high priority for this church is that anybody attending—whether in the main auditorium or the overflow areas—should experience the same high level of audio quality,” says Jeremy Moyers, president of Moyers Group.

Moyers Group also supplied dual DiGiCo SD10 digital consoles for FOH and monitors, an Optocore digital snake system, Sennheiser 2000 series wireless IEM and microphone systems, and Shure P6HW wired personal body pack receivers.

The Gwinnett facility is the newest satellite campus of Free Chapel, a fast-growing ministry led by Senior Pastor Jentezen Franklin. The main Gainesville campus’s CQ-2 and MSL-4 loudspeaker system was recently boosted with six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements.

Meyer Sound Names John McMahon New VP of Solutions and Strategy

mcmahonMeyer Sound has appointed John McMahon to the newly created position of Vice President of Solutions and Strategy.

Working closely with CEO John Meyer and Executive Vice President Helen Meyer, McMahon will oversee the broad-based strategic planning for new products, product management, and multi-product solutions across various vertical markets. McMahon’s new Solutions and Strategy Division aligns product management, design services, technical support, and education under one umbrella with a goal of creating a common understanding of strategic initiatives amongst Meyer Sound’s renowned technical and customer support teams. In addition, McMahon will continue to spearhead the digital product concept group in accelerating new digital solutions into the market.

A high point of McMahon’s leadership at Meyer Sound is his extraordinary work on the Constellation® acoustic system, which has become a significant component of the company’s growth during his tenure. The Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, U.C. Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room, Denmark’s Jyske Bank corporate boardroom, and the Alpensia Concert Hall in South Korea are among the many celebrated installations of Constellation worldwide.

“As our product offerings evolve and diversify, we’ll lean on John McMahon to develop organizational processes to ensure the many functions of the company are in sync,” says Helen Meyer, executive vice president and company co-founder. “His leadership will be crucial in maintaining our excellent customer responsiveness as we expand our presence worldwide.”

McMahon has been part of Meyer Sound’s executive team since 2008, leading the company’s digital engineering and technical teams to make advanced technologies like Constellation accessible to audiences worldwide. A Canadian citizen, McMahon joined Meyer Sound in 2005 during the acquisition of Level Control Systems (LCS Audio) where he served as CEO. His interest in music and technology began at the age of six, when he began tinkering with circuit boards and designing loudspeakers. This early interest provided the basis for an entrepreneurial career that included the founding of Cadence Digital Audio in 1992 and ultimately led him to Meyer Sound.

“John Meyer has pioneered a company culture that attracts customers looking for new audio solutions,” says McMahon. “In my new position, I will strive to maintain the highest standards in all that we do, at the same time defining a unified company growth strategy as we continue to push the envelope in both technology innovation and customer satisfaction. ”

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Meyer Sound SB-3F Holds Key to Long-Distance Audio Clarity at Nebraska Memorial Stadium

nebraskaTo project utmost audio clarity to the furthest of its 87,000 fans, Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has installed 16 SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers, the Meyer Sound technology for projecting mid-high frequency energy over distances of up to 1 km.

The system was designed by Mark Graham of the consulting firm Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams. “Having the SB-3Fs greatly boosts voice intelligibility in the far seats,” reports Graham. “During the first game, when the team made a big play, I could still hear the announcements over the noise of a sell-out crowd. The boost in top-end clarity maintains good intelligibility without having to push the overall system level until it’s too loud, which usually generates complaints.”

Sixteen SB-3F loudspeakers project audio to the far opposite end of the stadium over 244 m away, while 32 MILO® line array loudspeakers provide full-range coverage of the bowl and upper decks, with six MSL-4 loudspeakers covering the seating expanse under the scoreboard. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors provides system drive and alignment. All Meyer Sound components were supplied by BNY Productions of Sioux City, Iowa, with installation by Lincoln-based Electronic Contracting Company.

“At the far end, the old system was rolling off pretty steeply—well below four kHz and probably closer to two kHz,” says Graham. “Now, with the SB-3Fs, the new system is holding to five or six kHz, with some seats showing response well above that.”

Graham also notes how the new Meyer Sound system has helped overcome the stadium’s acoustical irregularities. “The band sits by the field on the lower east side, and the sound drops off steeply behind them, in the upper east deck,” he explains. “We have a five-cabinet MILO array and two SB-3Fs aimed up there, and by routing a couple shotgun mics for the band into just those speakers, it really enhances the fan experience. The STI-PA readings are just amazing for a distance of 600 feet.”

The University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium boasts an ongoing NCAA record of over 330 consecutive sellout games, stretching back to 1962.

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