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Outkast FOH Engineer Sold on Long-Throw Power of Meyer Sound LEO

outkastHip hop legends Outkast recently completed their summer tour with three sellout hometown shows in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. Dubbed “#ATLast,” the 20,000-plus crowds were supported by a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale reinforcement system as specified by FOH engineer Darcy Khan.

“The first time I’d mixed with LEO was earlier this summer at the Montreux Jazz Festival,” says Khan. “I loved the way it sounded. It was astonishingly clear, with no phasing issues, and I could walk from the stage all the way to the back and hear a nice, even wall of sound. A few weeks later, I mixed on another LEO system at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, where I experienced the system’s long-throw power. That sold me. I knew I wanted a LEO rig for Atlanta.”

Supplied by VER Tour Sound, the Atlanta system deployed main arrays of 14-each LEO-M and side arrays of eight-each LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers. Three delay towers comprised eight MICA™ line array loudspeakers each, while 12 MINA loudspeakers provided front fill. Low end was supplied by 12 flown and 18 ground-stacked 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with three Galileo Callisto 616 and three Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors provided system drive and optimization.

According to Khan, the linear characteristics of LEO helped him to maintain sonic consistency despite the extreme dynamics of Outkast’s sound. “Even if you spend all day tuning the PA, when the show starts, the crowd gets going, and you push it up to 110 dB SPL, many PA systems start to change,” he points out. “So I’m constantly fighting the mix, and that’s frustrating. But with LEO, I always hear the same qualities in the mix, whether during a soft part or going full on. It’s always even, so I can just mix and not worry about the system.”

Khan was also impressed by the musicality of the 1100-LFC loudspeakers. “I like to feel the low end, but I also want to hear the unique sound of the instruments, like the Roland TR-808 drum machine. With the 1100-LFC, I can hear that tonality all the way down to 30 or 40 Hz.”

Representing VER on-site were project manager Kyle Shepherd and system engineers Erik Rogers and Chad Fuller. Logistics were orchestrated by VER Tour Sound’s Ralph Mastrangelo and Chance Stahlhut.

Khan mixed Outkast on a DiGiCo SD10 digital console while the band used Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems, with Antwan “Big Boi” Patton on a Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless microphone. Monitors were mixed on a DiGiCo SD5 digital console, with the band using Shure PSM 1000 IEM systems.

Outkast have won six Grammy Awards and sold over 25 million albums. The “#ATLast” event was their first concert appearance in Atlanta in more than a decade.

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Slovakia’s Amex Audio Energizes Rental Business with Meyer Sound LYON

amexSenec-based Amex Audio s.r.o. in Slovakia has invested in a new Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system as its flagship product to serve its most important customers. With LYON’s power and clarity, Amex has been hired by clients that range from Mercedes-Benz to Pohoda Festival and the Slovakian “X Factor” show.

“We already had a M’elodie® system, and were very happy with the sound of Meyer Sound products,” says Igor Demčák, managing director of Amex Audio. “We wanted that same sound coherence and linearity in our new, large-scale system. And with its power-to-size ratio and truck-space savings, LYON arrived at just the right time.”

Amex Audio’s purchase includes 28 LYON linear line array loudspeakers and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. The core LYON system is augmented as needed by other Meyer Sound loudspeakers from inventory, including M’elodie line array loudspeakers, JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, and 600-HP and 500-HP subwoofers.

“When we used the system for “X Factor” and the Pohoda Festival, the FOH engineers were curious and amazed,” reports Demčák. “‘What is this system?’ they asked. It was their first experience with LYON, and they were very happy with what they heard.”

Other recent events that have used Amex’s LYON system include the Uprising Reggae Festival featuring Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, and Dub FX; and an electronica concert by producer/DJ Bonobo.

Founded in 1994 and operating under its current name since 2006, Amex Audio provides sound systems and full production support for corporate events and live television shows, as well as for major music festivals and concerts.

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Japan’s Takarazuka Theatre Upgrades 12-Year Meyer Sound System to M’elodie and MICA

takarazukaFollowing 12 successful years with its Meyer Sound MSL-4 loudspeakers, the Takarazuka Grand Theatre in Japan returned to Meyer Sound when it came time to upgrade. With an emphasis on exceptional audio quality and system reliability, the 2,550-seat venue chose a design based on M’elodie® and MICA® line array loudspeakers.

“In my opinion, the best equipment should be robust and reliable,” says Masaru Kirie of Takarazuka Stage Co., Ltd. “The new system’s performance lives up to the prestigious Meyer Sound brand, and the sound quality is excellent in all respects.”

The theatre’s main system is anchored by left and right lower proscenium arrays of 13-each M’elodie loudspeakers and three over-proscenium L-C-R clusters consisting of seven MICA and three M’elodie loudspeakers each. Ten 700-HP subwoofers provide low-end reinforcement, with six placed overhead and two located with each of the side arrays. All arrays are hidden behind screens and walls to stay out of sight.

In addition, 32 UPA-2P and two UPA-1P loudspeakers, four M1D line array loudspeakers, and six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers provide secondary fill, delay, and stage monitoring, while four HD-1 studio monitors are used in the control room. The entire system is driven and aligned by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with 10 Galileo 616 processors. For special effects, signal matrixing, and Wild Tracks™ playback, the system includes a D-Mitri® digital audio platform with 24 modules.

The system was designed in consultation with Meyer Sound Japanese distributor ATL, Inc., and installed by JATO Co., Ltd. of Osaka.

Located in a suburban resort city, the Takarazuka Grand Theatre was built in 1993 to host productions of the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female theatre troupe that presents lavish, large-cast musicals based on Broadway productions and Japanese folk tales. Both the theatre’s operating company and the Revue are owned by Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc.

The Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre, which serves as another home venue for the Takarazuka Revue, is also equipped with a Meyer Sound system.

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Meyer Sound MICA Provides Flexibility for Concert Series in Ancient Sicilian Amphitheatre

grecoItaly’s 2,700-year-old Teatro Greco in Sicily recently hosted a summer concert series with artists including James Blunt, Simple Minds, and Italy’s chart-topping Gigi D’Alessio. Faced with limitations for amplification in the historic amphitheatre, the audio team selected the flexible MICA® line array loudspeaker system to ensure pristine audio quality throughout the arena.

“Every time we go to the magical Teatro Greco, we are awed by the magnificence of this venue,” reports Roberto Rosu, FOH engineer for Gigi D’Alessio. “And thanks to the quality of the MICA system, the end result was amazing.”

Flown loudspeaker arrays in the historic arena were not an option, according to Freddy Dagata, audio project manager for Light and Shade di Alessandro Finocchiaro, the Aci Catena-based production provider. “We really had a chance to appreciate the versatility of a Meyer Sound system,” says Dagata. “MICA worked very well when ground-stacked, and we had amazing coverage throughout the arena. We were able to satisfy all requests of the artists and their FOH engineers, as the system perfectly handled a wide variety of pop and rock styles.”

Flanking the stage were twin stacks of eight-each MICA loudspeakers, aided by additional left and right outfill arrays of seven-each M’elodie® line array loudspeakers. Four UPM-1P loudspeakers provided front fill, while two UPA-1P loudspeakers anchored a center image on the wide stage. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor supplied system drive and optimization.

Other artists heard through the Meyer Sound system during the 2014 season included Emma, Giorgia, Il Volo, and Negramaro.

Located on a mountaintop with breathtaking ocean views, the Teatro Greco of Taormina was built in the early seventh century BC, although most of the remaining stonework is from a later Roman era reconstruction. With a diameter of 120 meters, it is the second largest Greek amphitheatre in Sicily.

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Meyer Sound D-Mitri Drives Anne Frank Stage Production in Theater Amsterdam

anneAward-winning sound designer Jeroen ten Brinke has chosen the Meyer Sound D-Mitri® digital audio platform as the backbone of his design in ANNE, a dramatic presentation of the Anne Frank story in the 1,100-capacity Theater Amsterdam. With a CueConsole™ control surface, D-Mitri drives the play’s audio mixing, matrixing, and loudspeaker processing.

“Choosing D-Mitri as the foundation of the system was a no-brainer,” says Jeroen ten Brinke, who is a design parter at Audio Design International. “The audio quality is second-to-none, which is critical to bring out all the subtleties of the dialogue. It also works beautifully with both the orchestration and the sound effects, which range from whisper-quiet to wartime bombing scenes.”

Compared to most theatrical plays, the sound design in ANNE is extraordinarily intricate. Actors interact simultaneously across acoustically isolated “rooms” using wireless microphones. The room interior sets rotate on and off stage using sophisticated mechanics. As two of the acoustically isolated rooms are often on stage and active at once, hidden monitoring systems are needed for actors to hear each other on each set. In addition, dozens of loudspeakers are embedded in the sets to localize actors’ voices, as much of the dialogue is spoken in soft voices or whispers. Consequently, 24 microphone inputs are programmed in D-Mitri for balance, mixed with the original orchestral score and effects, and routed to the constantly changing outputs. Everything is then reproduced in 8.1 surround sound.

“D-Mitri coupled with CueStation™ is clearly the result of many years of experience in complex theatrical automation,” says ten Brinke. “It gives me endless flexibility during the design process. There’s never a ‘no can do’ response, no matter how demanding the request.”

The D-Mitri platform for ANNE comprises two digital I/O frames and three analog output frames, plus one DCP core processor, one general purpose I/O frame, and one analog input frame. D-Mitri is controlled via CueStation software and a CueConsole, and uses 48 input channels and 72 discrete outputs.

The audio production team also includes Chris Blaauw, assistant programmer, and Igor Milosavijevic, resident sound mixer. The system was supplied by Amsterdam-based Focus/Rent-All, with Meyer Sound distributor Audio Electronics Mattijsen facilitating the sale.

A three-time winner of the John Kraaijkamp Musical Award for Best Achievement in Design, ten Brinke also used D-Mitri in the Soldier of Orange production (Soldaat van Oranje), where a circular audience platform revolves inside a surrounding ring of expansive stage sets.

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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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