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Fox Sound Service Invests in Italy’s First Meyer Sound LYON System

fox soundFox Sound Service has purchased the first Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system in Italy. Adding to Fox Sound’s large Meyer Sound inventory of more than 170 loudspeakers, the LYON system has supported a range of classical, rock, and dance events across the country.

“I was extremely impressed with the technical advantages of linear sound reinforcement offered by Meyer Sound’s LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcementsystem, but we had been waiting for a more compact version better suited to the Italian market,” explains Carlo Volpe, technical director and co-owner of Fox Sound. “LYON is exactly what we need. It has the performance and versatility ideal for any production, from open-air classical music presentations to jazz festivals and rock concerts. My partners and I are proud to be the first in Italy to supply this new technology.”

Fox Sound’s purchase comprises 20 LYON linear line array loudspeakers, eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system, and RMServers for the Compass® RMS™ remote monitoring system.

Since delivery, LYON has been chosen to reinforce the orchestra and chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia for an outdoor concert in Rome’s historic Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. The system has also supported events such as Festival Mozart and Traffic Festival in Torino, Verde Vento (Green Wind) Festival in Cassino, and the Perdonanza Celestiniana (Celestine Pardon) celebration in L’Aquila.

“After 25 years of providing Meyer Sound technology to the Italian market, it was time to take a major step ahead with LYON,” says Walter Alfonsetti, co-owner of Fox Sound. “LYON complements our existing range of Meyer Sound products, and will play an important role in the future of our company.”

The LYON system sale was handled by Meyer Sound’s Italian distributor, Linear Sound, a division of Eko Music Group.

Located in Poggio Picenze, Fox Sound Service supplies a wide range of event production technology rentals throughout the Italian peninsula. Events served by the company include classical open-air concerts, civic celebrations, corporate presentations, and summer music festivals, including 25 years with the prestigious Pescara International Jazz Festival.

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One-Man Band Ed Sheeran Wins Over Arena Crowds with Meyer Sound LEO and LYON

ed sheeranWith a Meyer Sound LEO™ and LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system supporting just his vocal, acoustic guitar, and loop pedal, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has single-handedly captivated 10,000-plus crowds on his latest world tour. Among the many concert reviewers impressed by how well Sheeran’s one-man show translated in a large arena, Katie Atkinson of Billboard writes: “He had the crowd wrapped around his finger, and the booming sound to pack an arena with just an acoustic guitar and his voice.”

Chris Marsh, Sheeran’s production manager and FOH engineer, says: “I’ve had a chance to hear Ed’s music on a lot of different systems, for various festivals, one-off shows, and opening for acts like Taylor Swift. But whenever I came across LEO—and more recently, LYON—I’ve noticed a marked difference in sound quality, and hence a marked difference in my enjoyment of mixing the show. When using them together, the transitions between the two loudspeakers are virtually seamless, whether moving across to the side hangs or up underneath the down fills.”

Although configurations vary slightly with venues, the large arena system comprises main front hangs of 12 LEO-M over four LYON linear line array loudspeakers each, with 14 additional LYON loudspeakers in each of the twin side hangs. Completing the system are 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements for low end and eight M’elodie® line array loudspeakers for front fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment.

Onstage foldback is supplied by four MJF-212A stage monitors and dual side-fill stacks, each with two 700-HP subwoofers and one JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker. The system is supplied by Wiltshire, England-based Major Tom Limited, and systems tech for the tour is Tristan Nelson-Hauer.

“The 1100-LFC is an astonishingly fast-moving device,” says Marsh. “The impact it transmits when Ed slaps his guitar—his interpretation of the kick drum—is far better than I’ve heard from any other sub. The others are just too slow to keep up.”

Major Tom’s decision to invest in LYON was made by principal Lars Brogaard, an early LEO adopter. “The LYON-W has the wide dispersion I wanted for down-fill, and with the longer-throwing LYON-M, they complement the LEO very, very well,” he says.

Feeding the LEO system on the tour is a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console augmented by Avalon VT-737SP channel strips and Bricasti digital reverbs. Sheeran’s vocal mic is a Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless with a custom MD 9235 capsule.

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Meyer Sound LYON at Boston Calling Festival: A System that Can “Take the Audience Anywhere”

boston callingMeyer Sound systems made sure the two main stages at Boston Calling Music Festival were loud and clear. On the Red Stage, the LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system made an impression on the FOH engineers, many mixing on this new Meyer Sound system for the first time.

“That rig really rocked,” says Carl Davino, FOH engineer for The Replacements. “LYON has transparent highs, broad and articulate mids, and adjustable low-mids to handle any desired punch. The band’s performance was outstanding as well, and with that combination I felt like I could take the audience anywhere I wanted.”

The Red Stage’s 24 LYON linear line array loudspeakers were augmented by 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and three 700-HP subwoofers, plus four UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers for front fills. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors provided system drive and optimization. Stage foldback was supplied by 10 MJF-212A and four MJF-210 stage monitors.

The LYON system helped solve an acoustical challenge at the Red Stage, according to Scott Tkachuk, CTO and touring operations director for Atkinson, N.H.-based Rainbow Production Services, and system designer for both stages.

“The stage was aimed at City Hall, 400 feet away, with huge reflective surfaces,” explains Tkachuk. “Yet the system still had to cover the VIP section in front of the building, almost 200 feet away. The way LYON handled it was amazing. The sound in the VIP section was clear and comfortably loud, with full bandwidth. We also had all the control we needed to minimize any annoying buildup from reflections.”

The Red Stage alternated performances with the Blue Stage, which featured 28 MILO loudspeakers, 24 700-HP subwoofers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers for front fill, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors. Stage side-fill comprised two 700-HP subwoofers and three MICA® line array loudspeakers per side.

Rainbow Production Services also supplied each stage with two Avid VENUE Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, as well as eight channels each of Shure UHF-R wireless microphones and Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 systems.

Along with The Replacements, performers on the Red Stage included Lorde and The 1975, while the Blue Stage featured headliners Nas with The Roots, The National, and Childish Gambino.

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Journey’s FOH Engineer as Guest Speaker in Upcoming Meyer Sound Online Mixing Workshop

On October 1 and 2, 2014, veteran FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski will join Meyer Sound instructor Buford Jones as a special guest in the newest sessions of the company’s Mixing Workshop webinar series.

The interviews will cover Yakabuski’s long mixing career working with artists from Matchbox Twenty to Journey. He will also share how technology advancements like linear sound systems and plugins are creating new opportunities for FOH engineers as well as practical tips for aspiring audio practitioners.

The Mixing Workshop is free of charge and is conducted at four different times:

October 1 (Wednesday)
7AM PDT/2PM UTC
9AM PDT/4PM UTC

October 2 (Thursday)
7AM PDT/2PM UTC
9AM PDT/4PM UTC

Sign up here.

As part of Meyer Sound’s worldwide education program, Buford Jones brings his lessons from almost four decades of mixing career 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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Recipe for Success at City Winery Napa: Gourmet Food, Wine, and Meyer Sound

Following the successes at its Meyer Sound-equipped New York flagship and Chicago locations, City Winery recently selected a MINA™ line array loudspeaker system to help bring a quality live experience to its food- and wine-loving clientele in Napa.

Like all other City Winery locations, the philosophy behind the new 350-seat, cabaret-style listening room in the historic Napa Valley Opera House is a meticulous attention to sensory delight. The sound system is no exception acoustically or visually, according to Ed Greer, City Winery’s chief production officer.

“Because we focus on singer-songwriters, we needed a PA that is extremely accurate acoustically, that can deliver with complete transparency,” says Greer. “The MINA arrays achieve that goal, and their sleek profile also fits with the elegance of the room. Any system we install in City Winery will be Meyer Sound. We don’t consider anything else.”

The dual arrays of eight-each MINA loudspeakers are supplemented by two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, with front fill and underbalcony delay provided by eight UP-4XP loudspeakers. System drive and optimization is courtesy of a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 processors, and artist foldback is supplied by eight MJF-210 stage monitors.

“This room is quite live, and acoustical treatments were limited by historical preservation rules,” notes Nate Stephens, production manager for the venue. “But the MINAs provide exactly what this room needs—they reinforce the sound from the stage, and don’t create a whole new sound with brute force. The transparency and linearity of the MINAs make a seamless transition from on-stage to amplified sound.”

Stephens reports that the MJF-210 stage monitor has made an impression on the visiting artists. “The gain before feedback on the MJF-210s is fantastic,” he says. “I have to do almost nothing with either the graphic or channel EQs to get the sound the artists want. I just put it up, and they say it’s perfect.”

FOH is mixed at center balcony on a 48-channel Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console. Monitors are mixed from FOH for small acoustic acts, and a 32-channel M7CL console is available to mix monitors for full bands. Notable artists that have performed at City Winery Napa include Bruce Cockburn, Graham Nash, David Grisman, and Lila Downs.

Music and hospitality entrepreneur Michael Dorf opened the first City Winery in New York in 2008 with a Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system, and the Chicago location employs a JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system. Another Meyer Sound system is slated for a Nashville location, opening in early October.

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Meyer Sound LEO Brings the Quality of a Studio Recording to Germany’s Largest EDM Festival

Nature One Festival, Germany’s largest electronic dance music (EDM) event celebrated its 20th year this summer on the site of a former U.S. missile base near Kastellaun. To support DJs such as Danny Ávila, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, ATB, Axwell, and Moguai, a four-point Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system filled the dance floor with visceral impact combined with the definition of a music recording.

“The linearity of the LEO system is well suited to techno music,” says Sebastian Geissler, schokopro’s technical director for the festival’s main stage. “It has powerful and punchy bass, ample headroom, and tons of dynamic range with no system distortion. It’s so perfect you’d think you were hearing the original recording in a studio—complex, crisp, and fully present.”

Dubbed the Open Air Floor, the LEO-equipped stage was erected under trusswork arches laden with cutting-edge lighting effects. Located at the four anchor points were identical arrays of eight-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers, together creating an all-enveloping sound field. Thirty-eight precisely spaced and delayed 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements formed a horizontal line array that propelled energy evenly across the dance floor.

“LEO does not ‘scream’ at you, as can happen with other systems at higher volumes,” says FOH engineer Hendrik Fabri. “When combined with the 1100-LFC, the system is surprisingly linear, from the highest frequency range to the lowest bass, with no apparent over-emphasis or holes.”

Dirk Maron, systems tech, adds: “I’ve been working with LEO for about a year and a half, and basically what goes into the back of the array is what comes out the front, only much louder. You don’t get the coloration that happens when a high-frequency or low-frequency driver reaches its limits. This just does not happen with LEO.”

Completing the Meyer Sound system were six UPQ-1P loudspeakers for near fills, six UPA-1P loudspeakers for out fills, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 AES processor. DJs augmented their headphones with two JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two 600-HP subwoofers per side. All technology elements including sound, lighting, video, and kinetics were designed and coordinated by Wiesbaden-based schokopro, with additional audio equipment support from POOLgroup of Emsdetten, Germany and Bazelmans AVR of Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

Nature One was produced by i-Motion GmbH, an SFX Entertainment company. i-Motion also produces the Mayday EDM festival, which this year featured a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system on its main stage.

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Theatre DeVille Management Impressed with Meyer Sound JM-1P: “There’s Not a Bad Seat for Sound Anywhere”

To entertain each of its patrons with world-class sonic clarity, Theatre DeVille in Vacaville, Calif. has installed a Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system. Occupying an 88-year-old building that was formerly a movie house and a church, the theatre is now transformed to what a guest described as “our jewel of the downtown.”

“The JM-1P system really has exceeded all expectations,” says Royce Farris, CEO of DeVille Enterprises, Inc., the venue’s management firm. “There’s not a bad seat for sound anywhere. I usually stand by the front door after the show, and I’m surprised by how many people stop, shake my hand, say how great it sounded, and tell me they’ll be back again.”

Designed and installed by One Way Media Solutions of Benicia, the system comprises 10 JM-1P loudspeakers, two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and two 600-HP subwoofers. Five UPJunior-XP VariO™ and two UPA-1P loudspeakers provide stage lip and balcony fill, respectively, while system drive and alignment is provided by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor. Artist foldback comprises eight UM-1P stage monitors, while an MJF-212A stage monitor and a USW-1P subwoofer are used for drum fill.

“The room here is narrow and deep, and the JM-1P configuration is ideal for filling this space,” says Ryan Snyder, production manager for Theatre DeVille.

Masaki Liu of One Way Media Solutions adds: “A Meyer Sound solution was chosen both because it was rider-friendly, and the company’s quality and support are unrivalled. We chose the JM-1P largely because the balconies sit right in line with where line array long throw boxes would sit. The JM-1P allows us to distribute the audio while still retaining the clarity and punch that touring engineers demand.”

The sound system also includes Yamaha CL5 and CL3 digital mixing consoles for FOH and monitors, respectively, and Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems.

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Meyer Sound Transforms NYC Tunnel into Underwater Sound Installation

This summer, undersea sounds captured by artist Jana Winderen temporarily transformed New York City’s seven-block-long Park Avenue Tunnel in the immersive sound installation DIVE. The soundscape was heard through more than 60 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers configured by Tony Myatt, a professor at the University of Surrey.

The installation was deployed along the 1,394-foot-long tunnel that became a temporary pedestrian zone for New York’s annual Summer Streets celebration. Greeted at the tunnel entrance by sounds of waves crashing along the seashore, visitors were pulled further into the ocean depths by sounds that included cod, toadfish, seaborne insects, boat noises, and more.

“I make multi-layered mixes of the material, which requires exceptional clarity from the loudspeakers,” says Winderen. “Using Meyer Sound allows me to deliver the detailed dynamics that immerse participants.”

Myatt, who programmed DIVE’s three-dimensional sound design using Ambisonic surround software, adds: “There are a number of factors that led us to use Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including their construction, size, and weather resilience. However, most significant is the high quality design and sonic consistency, which means we can understand how a system design will perform wherever we take it.”

The audio system was divided into eight Ambisonic surround zones, each featuring eight UPM-1P loudspeakers split into upper and lower levels and two 500-HP subwoofers. Winderen captured the recordings using DPA hydrophones, DPA d:screet 4060 omni microphones, and a Sound Devices 744T four-track recorder. The Meyer Sound components were supplied by New York City-based WorldStage. Terry Jackson was project manager, and Kate Brown engineered the system integration specifics.

Jana Winderen is an award-winning artist, producer, and curator based in Norway. She has created immersive multichannel installations and performed concerts all over the world. Winderen received the Golden Nica prize for Digital Musics & Sound Art at Ars Electronica in Austria in 2011. DIVE was produced in partnership with LeadDog Marketing Group, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the City of New York.

Meyer Sound is the system of choice among artists who require high-quality audio in their immersive multimedia exhibits. Recent projects include Bill Fontana’s Vertical Echoes in the UK and Robert Henke’s Ritual in New York.

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Review of Meyer Sound System at Kansas Cinetopia: “I Could Make Out the Drops, Not Just a Swoosh”

For its first location outside of the Northwest, the Cinetopia theatre chain has built three massive GXL screens, each equipped with a Meyer Sound cinema system and Dolby Atmos. Named Overland Park 18, this eastern Kansas theatre complex boasts close to 200 Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers.

“When we played our demo reel, we would hear a gleeful chuckle and hear comments like, ‘I’ve never heard anything like that before,’” says Rudyard Coltman, owner of Cinetopia. “We pride ourselves on the fact that we’ve been told this theatre is 10 to 15 years ahead of the industry in the technology and amenities it offers.”

The local media also noted the life-like detail of the Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers. “When I heard the rain falling on screen, I could make out the drops, not just a swoosh,” writes Jeneé Osterheldt, lifestyle columnist for The Kansas City Star.

All three GXL rooms feature five Acheron® 100 and five Acheron LF screen channel loudspeakers as well as eight X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers and two 500-HP subwoofers for low-end reinforcement. In addition, the slightly larger Screen 1 utilizes 20 HMS-10 and 18 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers with IntelligentDC technology, while Screens 2 and 3 each deploy 42 HMS-10 and 6 HMS-12 loudspeakers. Each system relies on a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor for drive and optimization.

“Meyer Sound is a core component of our GXL concept,” states Coltman. “Other cinemas offer their brand for a premium, large-scale format, but GXL stands apart in all respects, including sound. It’s a no-compromise approach, and Meyer Sound is an integral part of it.”

In addition to the Meyer Sound implementation of Dolby Atmos, Cinetopia’s GXL rooms offer giant screens up to 75 feet wide and four stories high, 4K digital projection, and steeply raked coliseum seating with high-backed reclining seats.

Meyer Sound cinema systems are also installed at Cinetopia locations Progress Ridge 14 in Beaverton, Ore. and Washington state’s Vancouver Mall 23, which features Dolby Atmos. According to Coltman, Cinetopia will continue its national expansion, with its next luxury complex slated to open in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville. “Meyer Sound is ingrained in the GXL brand, so it’s part of what people identify as the unique experience found only in our theatres,” says Coltman.

Built for linear reproduction, Meyer Sound cinema systems are ideally suited for immersive formats like Dolby Atmos as the loudspeakers faithfully reproduce soundtracks with greater headroom, lower distortion, and superior uniformity. IntelligentDC™ technology is available in all Meyer Sound surround models to offer the advantages of self-powered, bi-amplified systems.

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Andreas Gabalier FOH Engineer: Meyer Sound LYON Has “Endless Power Under the Hood”

Austrian folk singer Andreas Gabalier toured Europe this summer with a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system, playing his blend of traditional Alpine folk and rock for audiences of 20,000 and more. The LYON system was part of a complete audio, video, and lighting package supplied by Crailsheim, Germany-based Media Resource Group (MRG).

“I am very happy with LYON, and am figuring out more and more positive properties from show to show,” says Wolfgang “Wope” Peschmann, longtime FOH engineer for Gabalier. “For a cabinet of such small size, it has endless power under the hood. I haven’t reached the end of the system.”

The touring system featured front arrays of 12 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers each, with low end provided by dual end-fire arrays of nine-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Out hangs were eight MICA® line array loudspeakers per side, and six UPQ-1P loudspeakers supplied front fill. For the largest venues, a delay system comprising two arrays of eight-each LYON loudspeakers and one array of three 1100-LFC loudspeakers was added. Control and optimization was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and two Galileo 616 processors.

“No matter where you stood in the crowd, the sound quality and sound level were consistently excellent,” says Steffen Haug, managing partner of MRG. “The feedback from audiences and technicians tells us that we made the right move when we invested in LYON. LYON and its associated components represent the ultimate quality in today’s loudspeaker systems.”

Peschmann mixed FOH on an Avid VENUE Profile console. Production manager for MRG was Thomas Gerhardt, and Thomas Heinrich was audio systems tech.

Gabalier’s “Open Air 2014” tour played 12 large outdoor venues in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, including a sold-out show for over 22,000 fans in Munich’s Königsplatz (King’s Square).

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