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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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Mohegan Sun Casino in New England Installs Its Second Meyer Sound M’elodie System

Building on the success of its first Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system installed seven years ago, Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. has implemented a second M’elodie system in its 300-seat Wolf Den showroom.

“We bought 16 M’elodies to use as main arrays in our Cabaret Theatre, and that experience made me a big fan of Meyer Sound,” says Mat Diamond, head of audio at Mohegan Sun. “So when it came time to upgrade the Wolf Den, choosing M’elodie again was an easy decision.”

To cover the 300-degree audience area, the new system features two main arrays of six M’elodie loudspeakers each, two side arrays of four each, and four for front fill. Four 700-HP subwoofers provide low end, with system drive and alignment provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system. The system was supplied by HB Communications of North Haven, Conn.

The architecture of the Casino of the Earth, the building housing Wolf Den, has strict weight limitations. “The structure couldn’t really support much more weight for the speaker hangs,” says Diamond. “But when I looked at the numbers, I was pleased to find that the self-powered M’elodies actually weigh 20 pounds less per box than the conventional boxes we were replacing.

“I love the fact that M’elodie is plug-and-play, with power and processing on board. It’s a great-sounding box that you don’t have to mess with,” continues Diamond. “Versatility is one of the things I like about Meyer Sound systems, and that’s why I’m pushing for more of them here. The same rig really works for anything we do, from heavy metal to country to hip-hop and pop.”

Acts that have played in the Wolf Den since the audio renovation include heavy metal bands Queensrÿche and Slaughter, rock bands Eddie Money and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, and hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa.

The upgrade also includes 12 UM-1P stage monitors in addition to a UPA-1P loudspeaker and a USW-1P subwoofer for drum monitors.  Yamaha CL5 digital mixing consoles are installed for FOH and monitor positions.

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With Meyer Sound, AIDA Cruises Ensures Accurate Translation from Rehearsals to Stage

With nearly 500 Meyer Sound loudspeakers already installed aboard its ships, AIDA Cruises of Rostock, Germany has recently added Meyer Sound UPA-1P loudspeaker systems in four performance rehearsal spaces in Hamburg. In addition to exceptional sound quality and reliability, the design team has named accurate sonic translation as a primary reason for the system choice.

“Since Meyer Sound’s goal with all products is neutrality, performers will hear the same sound on the shipboard stage as they hear in rehearsals,” says system designer Malte Polli-Holstein of Hamburg-based Three-in-One Entertainment & Consulting. “Also, all of AIDA’s ships have Meyer Sound systems in their theatres, so it only makes sense to build the rehearsal systems to offer the same high level of sound quality.”

The largest rehearsal room, AIDA 1, features four UPA-1P loudspeakers, two CQ-1 and four UPM-1P loudspeakers, two 600-HP subwoofers, and four UM-100P stage monitors. The AIDA 2 and 3 rooms each feature four UPA-1P loudspeakers, while the lofty, 10-meter high AIDA 4 space uses eight UPA-1P loudspeakers. All rooms have Galileo® loudspeaker management systems, with one Galileo 616 processor in AIDA 1 and one Galileo 408 processor in each of the other rooms. Hamburg-based Amptown System Company supplied and installed the systems.

Logistics and reliability also played a role in loudspeaker selection, according to Polli-Holstein. “The self-powered Meyer systems eliminated the need to place equipment racks in the rehearsal spaces, since there was no available equipment room,” he says. “The robustness and reliability of the systems was critical as well. The loudspeakers are running 10 hours per day, six days a week, and any downtime would disrupt the tight rehearsal schedules.”

Meyer Sound systems are used throughout AIDA Cruises’ new Sphinx class ships, most notably in the extravagant “Theatriums.” These theatre atriums feature main systems of M1D line array loudspeakers and 700-HP subwoofers, extended by MM-4 and UPM-1P loudspeakers and M1D-Sub subwoofers for fills and delays on the various deck levels. Theatres in the Cara class ships feature CQ-1 and UPM-1P loudspeakers along with 500-HP subwoofers. The AIDAcara ship uses the legacy UPA-1C conventionally powered loudspeakers installed in 1996.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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