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Bright Norway AS Deploys Largest Meyer Sound LYON System To Date

The largest Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system ever assembled was heard this summer at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway. Provided by Bright Norway AS, the 360-degree system entertained 8,500 employees of Scandinavian supermarket chain REMA 1000 with performances by Norwegian musicians Karpe Diem, D.D.E., and Kurt Nilsen.

Named “1000 Colours of REMA,” the show required a system that could provide even in-the-round coverage at rock music levels with impeccable speech intelligibility. The solution designed by Bright Norway’s Preben Frostad incorporated eight arrays of 11 LYON linear line array loudspeakers each. To deliver powerful and even low-end coverage, the audio team specified a TM Array™ configuration, with four arrays of seven 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements suspended directly over the center stage.

“The whole audio package was perfectly put together by Bright,” says Jens Hagen of Playroom Event AS, the event producer. “LYON was smooth and powerful, yet quite small in size, and the center hang of bass loudspeakers also worked perfectly. The system had good punch throughout the arena, so it was full party mode everywhere.”

System drive and control was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with eight Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and two Galileo 616 AES processors.

“Because the load on the three center beams could not exceed 150 tons for all the audio, video, and lighting elements, we needed arrays that were lightweight, but also had enough power, coverage, and headroom to fill the huge arena,” says Asle Nilsen, head of audio for Bright Norway AS. “The answer was LYON, which delivered clear audio to every seat. We were all amazed at how it performs like its big brother, the LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.”

Mixing consoles for the event were two Midas XL8 at FOH and two Midas PRO2C at monitors. Geir Østensjø was the FOH engineer, and Jarle Kvalsund was the monitor engineer.

REMA 1000 operates more than 700 no-frills supermarkets in Norway and Denmark.

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Markus Dehmer Joins Meyer Sound Germany as Sales Manager, Install

Meyer Sound Germany has appointed industry veteran Markus Dehmer to Sales Manager, Install. Tasked with supporting theatre and studio customers throughout Germany, Dehmer joins a sales team that also includes Florian Kresse, project manager, install; and Chris Wiedenbeck, sales manager, install.

“Our goal has always been to offer customers cutting-edge audio solutions that are best suited to their project requirements,” says Sascha Khelifa, managing director of Meyer Sound Germany. “This requires a team that brings substantial expertise across the entire installation project lifecycle. We’re proud to welcome Markus to Meyer Sound.”

Dehmer previously led the pro audio department of Mörfelden-Walldorf-based system integrator Landau Electronic, where he was responsible for Meyer Sound loudspeaker installations in locations such as City Casino Basel and CongressForum Frankenthal. His past experience also includes positions at Munich-based studio equipment provider SMM and Mainz-based system integrator BFE.

“As a system consultant working with Meyer Sound products, the company always provided me with the perfect tools and support to achieve the best results possible,” says Dehmer. “Meyer Sound has won me over completely, and I’m excited to join the team.”

Dehmer will be based in the Meyer Sound Germany office in Montabaur. He can be reached at markus.dehmer@meyersound.de or at +49 2602 999 08 32.

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Meyer Sound Strengthens Constellation Team with Mac Johnson and Melody Parker

To build on the growing demand for Constellation® acoustic systems, Meyer Sound has bolstered its team with the appointment of Mac Johnson to Constellation Program Manager and Melody Parker to Associate Acoustic Engineer.

“Since the launch of Constellation, the system has revolutionized the acoustics in live performance venues. Our customers are adapting the system’s capabilities for new applications like meeting rooms, recording studios, classrooms, and restaurants,” says Antonio Zacarias, vice president of worldwide sales for Meyer Sound. “With Mac and Melody’s wealth of experience, we’re ready to help customers from all areas find the best solutions for their acoustic needs.”

As Constellation program manager, Johnson drives all aspects of the company’s Constellation efforts, from lead development to design, sales, and commissioning of systems. Johnson has been an integral part of Meyer Sound’s Constellation team since 2011, when he transferred from the company’s education program. Prior to joining Meyer Sound, Johnson was managing partner of a sound rental company in Charleston, S.C. He has extensive experience as a production manager, sound designer, and FOH engineer.

As associate acoustic engineer, Parker provides project support for Constellation and Libra™ acoustic image systems. Parker was formerly an acoustical consultant at Charles M. Salter Associates and a music analyst for Pandora. She has a master’s degree in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley.

Including the new additions, Constellation is backed by a team of experts such as Grammy-winning recording engineer John Pellowe, and scientist Roger Schwenke, Ph.D. The group supports consultants, integrators, and venue users from specification through design, installation, and commissioning. To date, more than 60 systems have been installed around the world. Recent Constellation installation locations include Denmark’s Jyske Bank, Calgary-based energy company Enbridge, the Louisiana Digital Media Center at LSU, France’s Vendéspace, and The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Mac Johnson can be reached at mac@meyersound.com, while Melody Parker can be reached at melody@meyersound.com. Both are based in Meyer Sound’s Berkeley, Calif. headquarters.

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Journey FOH Engineer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: “Music-In Translates to Music-Out”

Rock legends Journey and the Steve Miller Band are touring North America this summer with the Meyer Sound LEO™ Family of products, including the compact LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers launched this year. The equipment choice for the 40-city tour was driven in large part by Journey’s FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski, a former mixer for Avril Lavigne, Van Halen, and Matchbox Twenty. Tower of Power opens the show.

Yakabuski is especially impressed with the linear reproduction of the Meyer Sound system. “With LEO, I find that music-in translates to music-out,” he explains. “The tonality I heard from studio monitors during rehearsals is what I heard when I cranked up the full LEO system. What I find with other systems is a ‘coloring’ of the sound. You often have to adjust your system EQ or even your mixing style to compensate for the tonal quirks of the PA.”

Provided by VER Tour Sound, the system is based around dual main hangs of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers with four LYON loudspeakers under each hang for down fill. Outfill hangs are 10 LYON loudspeakers each, while four MINA™ line array loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers are used for front fill. To maximize low-end impact for the audience and minimize undesired spill for the musicians on stage, dual flown cardioid arrays of nine-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements are supplemented by two cardioid ground stacks of three 1100-LFC loudspeakers each.

A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with six Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplies system delay and optimization. The system was designed by Yakabuski and VER’s Greg Mahler, who is system tech for the tour. Rob Kern is production manager.

“Journey’s music can get very busy in the midrange, and in some amphitheatres it can be hard to keep any space in the mix,” says Yakabuski. “With LEO’s amazing accuracy and clarity, I can create space that has a chance of making it through any muck the venue creates. It’s stunning how crystal clear the system sounds in outdoor venues.”

Although most shows take place outdoors, the tour has also included two arena shows. “It was a treat to hear this PA and Journey in my favorite concert conditions—arena rock,” continues Yakabuski. “The LEO system shines in arenas, with the top seats every bit as sonically pure as at the FOH position.”

Yakabuski mixes Journey on a DiGiCo SD5 digital console. The touring package also includes Sennheiser IEM systems and Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems.

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Meyer Sound MINA Balances Strength & Flexibility on Wanderlust Yoga Tour

In choosing its touring sound reinforcement system, the Wanderlust Yoga Festival had very specific requirements: to provide both pristine vocal clarity for yoga instruction in the daytime and high-impact musical reinforcement for evening revelries. With the tour’s truck space and trussing constraints, the production also needed a system with an exceptional power-to-size ratio and versatility. All of this has led to the selection of a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system, supplied by DBS Audio Systems of Coatesville, Penn.

“In prior years we had used four different systems from four different suppliers, with inconsistent results,” says Sage Anthony Plakosh, production manager for the tour. “This year we wanted to assure that the yoga teachers and musicians would get a consistent experience from venue to venue.”

The main Wanderlust system is anchored by dual arrays of 10 MINA loudspeakers per side, with low end provided by four-per-side 650-P subwoofers arranged in end-fire directional arrays. Two UPJunior VariO™ loudspeakers serve as lip fills, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides drive and optimization. The stage foldback system comprises eight UM-1P stage monitors plus two-each UPA-2P loudspeakers and USW-1P subwoofers for side and drum fills.

“Versatility was another key factor in opting for MINA,” continues Plakosh. “We needed a PA that could maintain full intelligibility for people listening at knee height while doing yoga, then provide the power and punch at night for rock bands and DJs playing electronica. At first I wasn’t sure a box MINA’s size could handle it all, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.”

Midas PRO2 and PRO1 mixing consoles are used for main stage FOH and monitors, respectively. Two smaller reinforcement systems for breakout sessions and evening events are each powered by four MSL-4 loudspeakers and two 650-P subwoofers. All stages use Shure UHF-R wireless systems equipped with a mixture of handheld and headset microphones.

Dave Brotman of DBS Audio Systems adds: “The power-to-size ratio of MINA is just phenomenal, and with the tour’s limited trussing systems, MINA’s light weight was a key factor as well.”

First launched in Squaw Valley, Calif. in 2009, Wanderlust Yoga Festivals draw thousands of attendees by bringing together yoga students, world-renowned teachers, musicians, and inspirational speakers. This year’s tour includes stops at major ski resorts in Vermont, Colorado, California, and British Columbia.

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Starlight on Powering Back-to-Back Heavy Metal Festivals: “Rigging & Tuning Meyer Sound LEO is That Fast”

Supporting heavy metal festivals STHLM Fields and Sonisphere not only took tremendous sonic power, but also an intelligently designed loudspeaker rigging system built for mission-critical circumstances. For the festivals’ headliners Metallica, Slayer, and Mastodon, Starlight built a massive Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system with close to 200 loudspeakers. Within 24 hours, the system was flown and tuned for action for the two productions located 500 km from each other.

Both produced by Live Nation, the STHLM Fields welcomed a sold-out crowd of 50,000 in Stockholm’s vast Gardet Royal Park, while Sonisphere drew 40,000 metal fans to Oslo’s Valle Hovin stadium.

“Although the shows were two days apart, Metallica preferred to have the system ready for a 6:00 pm check in Oslo the day after the first show,” says Fredrik Arwidson, systems engineer for Starlight. “We managed to deliver on the band’s demands with only seven people on the audio crew; rigging and tuning LEO is that fast.”

The main LEO system comprised dual main hangs of 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers with two MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fill. Low end was provided by 42 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in dual flown arrays of 12 each and dual end-fire arrays stacked in rows of three by three, in addition to six M3D-Sub directional subwoofers for center coverage. Main stage out hangs each used 14 MILO® line array loudspeakers, with six MICA loudspeakers for front fill. Four delay systems deployed a total of 24 MILO and 32 LEO-M loudspeakers and 24 flown M3D subwoofers.

System drive and optimization was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 AES and eight Galileo Callisto array processors.

“The sound quality was great,” says Christian Schøyen of Live Nation Norway. “The LEO system filled the entire stadium with plenty of volume, and it looked good, too.”

Arwidson adds: “Every time we set up LEO, I’m surprised by how effortlessly it delivers extremely high output with no power compression. It seems that the headroom never ends. The audience was excited all the way to the back.”

In addition to the main LEO system, the Stockholm site featured a dual-stage setup using a Meyer Sound system also provided by Starlight. It included 54 M3D line array loudspeakers, 42 700-HP subwoofers, eight JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo 616 processors.

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Meyer Sound JM-1P & 1100-LFC Drive High-Energy Worship at The Crossing Church in Las Vegas

To attract a younger, media-savvy demographic, The Crossing Christian Church has installed a concert-grade Meyer Sound system. The design features the JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker and the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element, Meyer Sound’s most powerful loudspeaker for 30 Hz to 85 Hz frequency range.

“It’s great to finally have a system with enough headroom so that we can push it hard when needed, and have it respond with a smooth increase in gain, without distorting or changing the tonality,” says Bob Meyers, principal audio engineer at The Crossing.

For uniform coverage of the wide, 1,800-seat room, the system relies on four main clusters of JM-1P loudspeakers, with four in each end cluster and five in each of the two center clusters. One UPA-1P loudspeaker provides down-fill under each cluster, while six UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers supply front fill. Four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements are flown in an end-fired array over the stage, and two 600-HP subwoofers are placed underneath the deck. System drive and optimization are handled by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.

Kevin Potts and David Starck of Las Vegas-based Coherent Design handled system planning in close consultation with the church’s principal audio engineers: Meyers and Aaron Beck, a volunteer who is also head of sound for a resident Cirque du Soleil® production. System integration was handled by Las Vegas-based AVDB Group, with Bob Langlois responsible for overall direction and Daryl Porter handling on-site project management.

“They are serious about audio quality at The Crossing,” says Starck. “When they built this new worship space, they wanted to make sure everything was done to the highest standards.”

From an integrator’s perspective, the Meyer Sound solution has saved both time and money. “With a Meyer system, you pull it out of the box, and it works,” says Langlois. “The amount of labor is so much less than with other non-powered systems.”

The front end of The Crossing’s new audio system includes a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console at FOH, Shure ULX-D wireless microphone systems, Shure PSM 900 IEMs, and wired microphones from Countryman, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, Shure, and Audix.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival: “The Meyer Sound System has Completely Changed the Artist & Audience Experience”

The 79-year-old Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland has chosen Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeakers to anchor the first full reinforcement setup in its 1,190-seat, outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. With a stage house and thrust stage originally built for non-amplified performances, the theatre now benefits from an architecturally pleasing audio solution that heightens vocal clarity and musicality for the audience, while making performing easier for the actors.

“The Meyer Sound system has completely changed the experience for both artists and audience,” says Bill Rauch, artistic director of OSF. “The amplification is so subtle in the Shakespeare plays that the audience often cannot tell the actors are amplified, but they appreciate hearing and understanding every word.”

The move to a full reinforcement system was prompted by several factors, including the scheduling of more musicals, concerns about comprehension of Shakespearean language, and the directors’ desire to free the actors from always facing forward to project. With the repertory theatre changing the complete set daily, it was important to OSF that the system blended into the architecture without being incorporated into the scenic design.

OSF’s audio staff worked with Meyer Sound to design a visually unobtrusive solution using split center arrays of MINA loudspeakers, with two arrays of seven covering the orchestra and two of five covering the balcony. Outer left and right clusters of two-each UPQ-1P and UPQ-2P loudspeakers per side add stereo dimension for music and effects, while four 500-HP subwoofers supply musical low end and convincing effects—such as the giant’s footsteps in Into the Woods.

“For a language-based theatre company such as ours, nothing is more important than to hear the words with clarity,” says Rauch. “During Into the Woods, the singers are able to be heard clearly over a 20-piece orchestra—a revelation on this stage.”

Douglas Faerber, head of OSF’s sound department, adds: “Our new system is working beautifully. We really love it. We’ve had feedback from audiences about how they appreciate the clarity and the even and natural coverage, and the directors have been ecstatic about what they’re hearing.”

In addition, six UPM-1XP, two UP-4XP, and seven MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers provide under-balcony, box-fill, and front-fill coverage, respectively. System drive, optimization, and delay alignment is supplied by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and two Galileo 408 processors.

The audio renovation also includes a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console and 32 channels of Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless systems with G3 beltpacks and MKE II Gold lavalier microphones.

Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, and recipient of a Tony Award for outstanding achievement in regional theatre, OSF presents an eight-month season of 11 plays in three theatres. Attendance at the approximately 800 yearly performances normally exceeds 400,000. The Allen Elizabethan Theatre was named in recognition of a $3 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The new sound system was made possible by a gift from Judy Shih and Joel Axelrod of Ashland.

Prior to the 2014 season, another new Meyer Sound system was installed in OSF’s Thomas Theatre, with flexible deployment of UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers along with UP-4XP and MM-4XP loudspeakers.

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Meyer Sound Launches User Training Videos for LYON Line Array System

Meyer Sound has released four online video tutorials to support users of the LYON ™ linear sound reinforcement system, the newest addition to its LEO™ Family of line array products. Covering topics that range from system design and rigging to optimization, the video modules are available for viewing on meyersound.com and Vimeo.com.

LYON Product Introduction: The comprehensive overview outlines the system’s coverage patterns, rigging features, connections, and integration with the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and the Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system.

LYON Array Assembly: The video gives a step-by-step tutorial for presetting splay angles, lifting and locking an array, and pullback techniques. It also shows the rigging calculator features in the MAPP Online XT™ acoustic prediction software.

LYON Compass Presets and Controls: The module shows the user workflow for optimizing a LYON loudspeaker array, featuring presets in the virtual Galileo Callisto array processor, array configuration in zones, integration of 1100-LFC loudspeakers, and the U-Shaping™ filters for output equalization.

Using Array Correction and Delay Integration: The video demonstrates the use of array processing and correction and delay integration for Meyer Sound line array systems.

These training resources complement Meyer Sound’s industry-leading education program, which includes in-person seminars and online resources for all aspects of sound reinforcement, from audio theory and mixing workshops to in-depth courses on the design and optimization of complex systems.

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Meyer Sound LEO Powers 200,000-Strong CfaN Gospel Crusade in Burundi

Christ for All Nations (CfaN) recently debuted its new Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system at a four-day gospel crusade on the outskirts of Bujumbura, Burundi. Set up in an open field without delay towers, the LEO system performed flawlessly for the musical and speech programs in front of 200,000 visitors, and replaces CfaN’s Meyer Sound MSL-3A conventionally powered loudspeaker system that has served the ministry for 26 years.

Unassisted by giant video screens, lighting effects, or pyrotechnics, CfaN events rely heavily on exceptional audio reinforcement. “Clarity of speech is our primary concern at these events,” says Derek Murray, head of sound operations for the ministry. “The LEO system is able to cover very large areas with high intelligibility, as proven by positive reports from the perimeter of the field.”

The system’s dual main hangs in Bujumbura comprised nine LEO-M and three MICA® line array loudspeakers each. Side hangs were eight MICA loudspeakers per side, and four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements per side provided low-end reinforcement. In addition, 10 UPA-1C conventionally powered loudspeakers supplied in and out fill. Control and optimization was handled by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo AES processor and three Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.

“LEO gives us more power in a smaller package, so we now have the space to carry subs without having to leave behind other critical material,” reports Murray. “With the addition of the 1100-LFCs in Bujumbura, we were able to improve the quality of the music presentation—to the obvious delight of the crowd.”

CfaN maintains two Meyer Sound systems for its African ministries: an M3D line array loudspeaker system is used in West Africa, and the new LEO system, based in Kenya, is used for East Africa.

CfaN’s East Africa system also travels with three DiGiCo SD9 consoles linked by optical fiber to a DiGiCo SD-Rack, Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems with Beta 58 capsules, and a Sennheiser IEM system.

“The fact that we’ve used our MSL-3As for so long, under grueling conditions, is a testament to the longevity and reliability of a system that is still supported almost 30 years after it was first produced,” observes Murray. “Just as the MSL-3A was a game-changer back in the 1980s, LEO is a great product that perfectly fits our needs.”

The event in Bujumbura, attended by Burundi’s President and First Lady, was led by evangelist Daniel Kolenda, who succeeds CfaN founder Rev. Reinhard Bonnke as principal leader of ministries in Africa. The German-born Bonnke first launched his African ministries in 1967.

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