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Meyer Sound CAL Targets Spectators at Qatar Tennis Stadium

A new steerable Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeaker system has markedly improved speech and music clarity for fans at the central court of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar. Completed just in time for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the system was installed and commissioned by Doha-based Al Tamyoz Business Group.

“The new distributed system, with a single CAL 64 firing downward from the top of each spectator tribune, not only offers better coverage and greatly improved intelligibility, but has also practically eliminated any unwanted echoes,” says Vijay Kumar, technical manager for Al Tamyoz, the project’s system integrator.

Mounted on flagpoles and tilted downward at a 15-degree angle, the three slender CAL 64 loudspeakers blend discreetly into the contemporary, angular architecture of the outdoor stadium. To keep the sound focused on the audience, each CAL loudspeaker is set up to tailor down-tilt and vertical beam spread, aiming specifically at seating areas and avoiding reflective surfaces.

To supplement coverage in the stadium’s far corners and VIP boxes, the system incorporates 16 UPM-1XP and 7 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and alignment.

The complete system renovation also includes a Yamaha 01V96 digital mixing console and a Sennheiser ew 300 G2 wireless monitoring system.

The Khalifa Tennis Stadium installation was the first Meyer Sound project for Al Tamyoz. “The professionalism and mutual support demonstrated by both companies surely will open the doors to many new opportunities in the future,” says Soy Philip, general manager of Al Tamyoz.

Owned and operated by the Qatar Tennis Federation, the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex was inaugurated in 1992 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The stadium was renovated and enlarged in 2008 from a capacity of 4,500 to 7,000.

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Sound Designer Tony Meola: Meyer Sound Constellation Adds Dimension to Wicked in Mexico

Mexico City’s Teatro Telcel is hosting the first Spanish adaptation of the musical Wicked, with a record-breaking 50,000 tickets sold in its first five weeks. As with eight other Wicked productions worldwide, renowned Broadway sound designer Tony Meola has chosen Meyer Sound as the audio foundation, this time including Mexico’s first Constellation® acoustic system.

“Constellation works amazingly well with amplified musicals in houses like Teatro Telcel,” observes Meola. “Amplified sound in a dead acoustical environment makes it sound like the room doesn’t have any dimension to it. But with Constellation, all of a sudden the sound is given dimension, and everything sounds much more real. I was surprised when I heard the effect, and I imagine it would be very welcome in many of the road houses where Wicked tours will play well into the future.”

To ensure Teatro Telcel would accommodate events ranging from symphonic concerts and operas to hard rock shows and Broadway musicals, the architects specified a dry baseline acoustic signature so it could be augmented as needed through Constellation’s acoustical adaptability. The heart of Constellation is a D-Mitri® digital audio platform with 20 modules and 57 ambient sensing microphones. After the patented VRAS™ acoustical algorithms are applied, sound is distributed to the system of 114 Stella-4 and 18 Stella-8 installation loudspeakers, 48 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers, 38 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, 13 UPJunior™ loudspeakers, and 24 MM-10XP 48 V subwoofers. The Constellation system was installed by Naucalpan de Juárez-based Teletec.

“The effect of Constellation is remarkable,” says Meola. “In final rehearsals for Wicked, when we had the system off, the associate director commented that ‘It sounds very canned.’ We turned on Constellation, and I never heard that comment again.”

For sound reinforcement, Meola has specified main line arrays of 20 MINA™ and 22 M1D line array loudspeakers each, as well as six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers and seven UPA-1P, nine UPJunior, nine UPM-1P, 16 UPM-2P, and 52 MM-4 loudspeakers. Four 700-HP and two 600-HP subwoofers provide low end, while system drive and optimization are provided by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with five Galileo 616 processors.

PRG (Production Resource Group) Mexico provided and installed the sound reinforcement system, in conjunction with the technical crew of OCESA. OCESA, Mexico’s leading theatrical and concert promotion organization, operates Teatro Telcel.

Meola points out that Meyer Sound systems have been a constant in the design of the Wicked franchise, and have made a significant contribution to its storied success. “There’s never been a time when I was unhappy with what I was hearing from the loudspeakers,” he says. “We’ve made major changes in consoles and radio mics in step with technology, but the base Meyer system continues as the foundation of the show’s sound.”

Located in Mexico City’s trendy Polanco district, Teatro Telcel was conceptualized by famed Spanish architect Antón García-Abril and executed by Mexican architect José De Arimatea Moyao.

Wicked currently boasts nine resident and touring productions worldwide, presented in six languages. It has broken numerous box-office records on Broadway, and on national and international tours.

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Meyer Sound Wins 2014 East Bay Innovation Award for Engineering and Design

California’s East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) has honored Meyer Sound with the 2014 Award for Engineering and Design, recognizing the company’s continuing contribution to the area’s culture of innovation. The awards ceremony was held at Oakland’s Fox Theater on February 13, 2014, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Meyer Sound’s founding by John and Helen Meyer.

“Finalists in the Engineering and Design category apply local knowledge and skill to reach around the world with their work,” explains Darien Louie, executive director of the East Bay EDA. “Meyer Sound is well-known as a global pioneer in advanced sound technologies. The independent industry judges were particularly impressed that Meyer Sound maintains all production at its Berkeley facility, creating nearly 300 local manufacturing and engineering jobs.”

Headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., Meyer Sound is one of a handful of professional audio companies that manufacture in the US. Since its founding in 1979, the company’s footprint has grown from one building to six, totaling close to 200,000 square feet of campus space. Many of the first users of Meyer Sound technology are in the East Bay. For example, Zellerbach Hall implemented the first Constellation® acoustic system for its Centennial gala, UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium installed the first CAL™ column array loudspeaker system, and the world’s first restaurant active acoustic system can be found at Berkeley’s Comal.

“The East Bay’s innovative spirit and unique mixture of talents and cultures have given us many wonderful opportunities to work with some of the most exciting thought-leaders in their fields,” says Helen Meyer. “From scientists to musicians, the level of cross-industry collaboration is truly unique to the East Bay, and has helped us build many successful products that are heard around the world. We are proud to be an East Bay company and grateful for award organizers’ recognition.”

The East Bay Innovation Awards announced winners in nine categories, selected from more than 100 total entries. They include Kaiser Permanente, Youth Radio, Boehringer Ingleheim, Soraa, Techbridge, Meyer Sound, Back to the Roots, Aspera, and Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. The awards were presented by the EDA, in association with the San Francisco Business Times. 

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News from ISE 2014: Dutch Rental Provider Bazelmans AVR Adds Meyer Sound LYON to Inventory

Bazelmans AVR, a Dutch AV rental company, has invested in the Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system and become one of the first suppliers of the new product. The LYON sale, closed during the ISE 2014 trade show in Amsterdam, includes 40 LYON linear line array loudspeakers, 22 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system, in addition to RMServers for loudspeaker monitoring.

Making its tradeshow debut at ISE 2014, LYON incorporates the technology of the LEO™ Family in a more flexible and compact package, and extends the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a larger range of venues and applications. LYON is available in two variants: the LYON-M main line array loudspeaker for main arrays, and the LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeaker for downfill and outfill applications.

“LEO is a prime example of the advancements Meyer Sound offers to large-scale international touring,” Wiljan Bazelmans, founder and CEO of Bazelmans AVR, says. “The brand new LYON demonstrates the same linearity and sheer power so sought after in any production, including EDM, but in a compact, versatile package that stage designers will love.

“We want the best experience for our customers, not just once, but every time,” continues Bazelmans. “We decided to step up from other loudspeaker brands to Meyer Sound some years ago, and we have never looked back. We are thrilled to become one of the first suppliers of LYON, which is sure to play a key role in the future growth of our company.”

The LYON investment by Bazelmans AVR bolsters an existing Meyer Sound inventory that already includes more than 100 cabinets, including MICA® and M’elodie® line array loudspeakers, UPQ-1P and 1100-LFC loudspeakers, UPJ-1P and UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers, and 500-HP, 600-HP, and 700-HP subwoofers.

With locations in Veldhoven and Amstelveen, Bazelmans AVR provides a full range of event production technology rentals throughout the Netherlands. The company’s expertise and client base encompasses corporate events, civic celebrations and festivals, and concert and festival systems for musical performances that range from classical to electronic dance music.

The purchase was facilitated by Audio Electronics Mattijsen, Meyer Sound’s distributor for the Netherlands.

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With Meyer Sound LEO, TobyMac FOH Happily Focuses on the Mix

TobyMac’s “Hits Deep” tour is playing to audiences in arenas across 32 American cities, using a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. Supplied by White House, Tenn.-based Blackhawk Audio, the LEO system is proving to be the perfect vehicle for TobyMac’s blend of contemporary Christian music influenced by rap, hip-hop, hard rock, and reggae.

Ryan Lampa, TobyMac’s FOH engineer for the past nine years, first experienced LEO during TobyMac’s performance at a benefit concert last year.

“As soon as the quick sound check started, I was amazed,” Lampa recalls. “I could hear everything very accurately—I first thought that would be very unforgiving, because nothing would be hidden. But mixing during the show, I quickly appreciated LEO’s clarity and headroom. I knew I wanted LEO for the coming tour.”

The current “Hits Deep” tour features twin arrays of 10-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers over four MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fill. Twenty M’elodie® line array loudspeakers provide house outfill, and low-end punch comes from 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements.

“With LEO, I’m finding myself in a comfortable spot where I can trust the PA and not have to manipulate it,” says Lampa. “I can concentrate on working the console without having to compensate for what the PA might do to the mix.

“The 1100-LFC is warm, full, and accurate,” adds Lampa. “It has so much headroom that I can actually find a spot I like, then turn it down a bit.”

System drive and alignment are provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system comprising one Galileo 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.

“I’ve become a huge fan of Galileo lately,” says Lampa. “It’s accurate and flexible, and parametric EQ doesn’t exhibit the degree of phase shift I sometimes hear in other processors.”

Stage foldback for the tour includes four flown JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and four 700-HP subwoofers for side fill, one 700-HP subwoofer for the drums, and two MJF-212A stage monitors. Blackhawk Audio has also provided Avid VENUE Profile consoles for FOH and monitor mixing and a Shure UHF-R wireless system with Beta 87A capsules. Shure hard-wired and PSM 1000 wireless in-ear monitoring systems are part of TobyMac’s own production kit.

The 2014 leg of the “Hits Deep” tour kicks off on February 13 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Supporting acts are Matthew West, Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Matt Maher, and Capital Kings.

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Wired for the Digital Media Age—LSU Installs Meyer Sound Constellation & Cinema System

To prepare its students for the explosive growth of digital media, Louisiana State University (LSU) has installed a Meyer Sound cinema system and a Constellation® acoustic system in its new Louisiana Digital Media Center (DMC). With these latest tools, the DMC gives users of the room utmost flexibility for everything from film showings and interactive digital media presentations, to experimental music concerts and intimate meetings. DMC’s AV systems were designed and specified by Bill Schuermann, senior consultant of Houston-based HFP Acoustical Consultants.

The tech-laden 200-seat auditorium at DMC is the world’s first venue to offer a full SMPTE-standard, 7.1-surround Meyer Sound cinema system along with a Constellation system. The combination of the two, coupled with 4K digital projection by Christie, provides a vehicle to enhance Louisiana’s digital media industry and promote collaboration among its users, who include students, researchers, and corporate partners.

“With the Meyer Sound systems, we can present any works developed here at LSU, or coming to us via the worldwide CineGrid high-speed network, without being limited by what we can do with audio,” states Dr. Stephen Beck, director of LSU’s School of Music and faculty member of the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT). “Also, we have a significant investment in sound diffusion research, where we create different acoustic environments. We wanted a space where we didn’t have to set up a custom configuration for every concert.”

DMC is the university’s second room with a Constellation system; the first system was installed in the 1,100-seat Union Theater in 2011. At the press of a button, Constellation can transform a room from a concert space to a screening room. The system in DMC also includes the voice lift feature, which allows the auditorium to double as an intimate meeting space in which both presenters and audience members can be heard easily, with no need for microphones or raised voices.

“We just had our first all-hands meeting of the CCT in the auditorium,” reports Dr. Beck. “Finally, we have a space where we can have free-flowing conversations and share any kind of media presentation with the whole group, with no technical limitations.”

Using the patented VRAS™ algorithm, a D-Mitri® digital audio platform is at the heart of the Constellation system. The system also includes 24 microphones, as well as 12 Stella-8C and 26 Stella-4C installation loudspeakers, 16 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers, and eight MM-10XP 48 V subwoofers. Ten UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers and eight HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers are used for both Constellation and the Meyer Sound cinema system, providing surround sound for the latter.

“With both Meyer Sound systems, we’re able to create audio for the digital arts formats and concepts of the future,” says Dr. Beck. “We are giving our students access to the most advanced technologies, so when they graduate they can move them into the commercial mainstream. We have the technology to do it right now, and we’ll let everyone else catch up to us.”

Identical to what is found in many high-end cinemas and Hollywood screening rooms, the room’s Meyer Sound cinema system comprises one Acheron® 100 and two Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers, as well as six X-800C cinema subwoofers. As both Constellation and the cinema system are connected to the D-Mitri platform, the two systems can be fully integrated to create custom immersive audio effects.

In addition to the auditorium systems, 106 more Meyer Sound loudspeakers are installed in other locations throughout the DMC, including Stella-8C loudspeakers, UPJ-1P loudspeakers, and HD-1 studio monitors.

The three-story, $29.3 million DMC was designed by Coleman Partners Architects of Baton Rouge, with acoustical design by Aston Taylor of HFP Acoustical. Arthur Cooper, executive director of the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center, guided the DMC project on behalf of LSU. The auditorium’s Meyer Sound systems were installed by Miami-based Pro Sound and Video.

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Irish Village Pub in Dubai Extends Outdoor Terrace with Meyer Sound 48 V Loudspeakers

The focal point of The Irish Village pub in Dubai is its recently expanded, 3,500-capacity scenic outdoor terrace. To improve the sound quality for daytime ambience music and live entertainment in the evenings and weekends, the pub has installed a Meyer Sound system based around UPJunior-XP 48 V VariO™ loudspeakers.

Impressed by the power and clarity of the Meyer Sound systems they had previously encountered, Dave Cattanach, The Irish Village’s general manager, and Jason Smith, manager, had long wanted Meyer Sound loudspeakers in their venue. When it came time for an upgrade to optimize the newly extended terrace area, they enlisted Abu Dhabi-based Systech Middle East to specify, install, and commission the new system.

“The UPJunior-XPs were our first choice because they set a new standard for power and clarity in systems suitable for outdoor applications,” says Malek Ghorayeb, general manager of Systech Middle East. “They are also very reliable—vital for a venue that makes heavy use of its PA.”

Designed to cover the large terrace, the outdoor system includes eight UPJunior-XP loudspeakers, two UPA-1P loudspeakers, and two 500-HP subwoofers. System drive and alignment is provided by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor.

“Since the installation of the Meyer speakers, the response from customers has been very positive,” says Cattanach. “The balance and clarity of the sound has noticeably improved. Plus, the musicians love it.”

Drew Jones, a regular performer at The Irish Village both as a soloist and a member of the four-piece band The Maplejacks, says: “With the Meyer speakers, the venue has an even volume wherever you sit, along with added clarity and warmth. It really feels like people can actually appreciate what I’m playing now.”

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John Meyer, Audio Pioneer behind Meyer Sound, Enters TEC Awards Hall of Fame

John Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Meyer Sound Laboratories, was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame at the 2014 NAMM Show. Following an introduction by Dennis “Wiz” Leonard, long-time FOH mixer of the Grateful Dead, Meyer received the award as he joined Frank Zappa, Phil Spector, T Bone Burnett, and 30 other luminaries who have shaped the art and science of music, recording, and sound reinforcement technologies.

“Throughout my career, I have worked to create technology that brings audiences closer to musicians in a transparent way,” Meyer says. “There are products designed specifically to make art, but my interest has always been to create a high-quality listening experience without interfering with the artist’s creation. By providing these tools, we strive to enhance the shared entertainment experience that will surely remain a way of life for generations to come.”

John Meyer’s role as an audio innovator extends to the late 1960s, when he consulted on audio for the Steve Miller Band. Since establishing Meyer Sound in 1979, John Meyer and his wife, Helen Meyer have led an engineering team that is responsible for not only pioneering self-powered concert loudspeakers, but also introducing breakthrough developments including dedicated loudspeaker processing, SIM™ source independent measurement tools, trapezoidal loudspeaker cabinets, directional subwoofers, and more. Products designed and manufactured under Meyer’s direction are now installed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, and have toured with artists ranging from the Three Tenors to Michael Bublé.

“New products start with an idea, but turning a concept into useful technology requires hard work and risk-taking that may or may not result in financial success,” says Meyer. “By rewarding the contributions of the engineers in our industry, the TEC Awards have inspired us to pursue ambitious new ideas and fostered an innovative spirit. I’m extremely honored to be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame.”

Sharing the honors with John Meyer as the other 2014 TEC Awards Hall of Fame inductee was Hal Blaine, the legendary “Wrecking Crew” studio session drummer. Musician and engineer Todd Rundgren received this year’s Les Paul Award.

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Capital Sound Chooses Self-Powered Meyer Sound MILO for Adrenaline-Filled “Nitro Circus Live”

A self-powered Meyer Sound MILO® line array loudspeaker system recently accompanied the 15-city European arena tour of “Nitro Circus Live,” the extreme stunt show featuring daring stunt specialists on motorbikes, skateboards, and BMX bikes.  Over the roar of both frenzied fans and motorbikes, the Meyer Sound system from London-based Capital Sound delivered clear, powerful audio for the show’s announcements, interviews, and music playback.

According to Capital Sound, the MILO system offered ample power and crisp intelligibility, as well as the logistical advantages of self-powered technology.

“With the show being on the floor of the venue, the cable routings, power distribution, and any amplifiers that would normally be sited on the ground would get in the way,” says Paul Timmins, general manager of Capital Sound. “Also, with the tight schedule for rigging and de-rigging, speed was of the essence. To achieve all these aims, we deployed a customized MILO system with dedicated power distribution on top of each hang. This meant we could put any hang in any position in the building, all linked via an Optocore fiber optic digital network system.”

For most shows, the coverage requirement was for either 270 degrees or 360 degrees. The general setup featured six hangs of nine MILO loudspeakers over three MICA® line array loudspeakers, with two arrays of nine MICA loudspeakers each for delay, eight UPA-1P loudspeakers for fill, and 16 700-HP subwoofers positioned under the lander ramps. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors supplied system drive and optimization.

“The MILOs did most of the work, with the MICAs hanging off the bottom and supported by a clever Meyer Sound transition frame,” says Timmins. “This worked exceptionally well, allowing us to configure the hangs depending on the room.”

As directed by George Gorga, head of sound for “Nitro Circus Live,” the main hangs were flown just off-center in each venue. With this positioning, and the arrays pre-cabled and on dollies, the Capital Sound team could rig the system clear of everything else that was going on, significantly decreasing setup time.

Inputs for the show principally came from ten Shure UHF-R handheld and headset microphones, plus a pair of Denon D-630 CD players, all mixed by Gorga on a Yamaha M7CL digital console. In addition to the main Meyer Sound system, console outputs also fed eight Sennheiser 2000 series IEM transmitters with 16 receivers, plus Sennheiser HD-25 headphones for local monitoring.

Hosted by and featuring daredevil entrepreneur Travis Pastrana, the “Nitro Circus Live” tour was spawned by the success of the “Nitro Circus” reality TV series which started in 2006.

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Meyer Sound Reinforces Live Jazz at Chef Claus Meyer’s Copenhagen Restaurant Venue

Globally renowned chef Claus Meyer has recently opened The Standard, a live jazz and restaurant venue in Copenhagen, Denmark. The jazz club features a compact, self-powered Meyer Sound UltraSeries™ loudspeaker system installed by Kastrup, Denmark-based Stouenborg.

“The Standard has a small, powerful, and flexible system that offers excellent dispersion and reproduces sound perfectly,” says Anders Jørgensen, project manager and sound designer for Stouenborg.

The installation in the 68-seat club combines two UPJ-1P VariO™ and three UPM-1P loudspeakers with one UMS-1P subwoofer. Performances are mixed on a Roland V-Mixer mixing console, and musicians use DPA microphones.

“We considered a number of options, but the combination of UPJ-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers best provided the necessary audio fidelity and visual unobtrusiveness,” says Jørgensen. “The challenge was to ensure a pristine sound with no coloration, and the UPJ-1Ps have been really terrific in this regard.”

Recent performers at The Standard’s jazz club include Roberta Gambarini, The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet, Viktoria Tolstoy, and other leading Scandinavian jazz musicians. The venue is also equipped to stream its performances via HD webcasts.

Claus Meyer is co-founder of two-Michelin-star Noma, a Copenhagen restaurant named best in the world three years in a row by Restaurant magazine.

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