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Soundfirm Installs Australia’s First Meyer Sound Cinema System for Dolby Atmos Dubbing Stage

Soundfirm, which has received more awards than any other Australian audio post facility, has selected a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system for its Dolby Atmos dubbing stage in its new Melbourne location. The large mixing room is the country’s first to feature an all-Meyer Sound screen channel and surround loudspeaker system.

The Meyer Sound system was selected by owner Roger Savage, a veteran re-recording mixer whose film credits include the family classic “Babe” and the musical “Moulin Rouge!”

“When we decided to install an Atmos room, we needed surround loudspeakers capable of full-range response, and Meyer Sound sounded so much better than anything else we’d experienced,” says Savage.

The monitoring system incorporates three Acheron® 80 screen loudspeakers, eight HMS-12 and 29 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, six X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers, and two 500-HP subwoofers in the rear for surround low end.

Chris Goodes, Soundfirm’s chief re-recording mixer, has mixed a number of projects in the new room. “The first thing I took to was the top end,” he says. “The Acherons are so much better than what we’d been using before. The dialogue clarity is outstanding, and you can trust what you’re doing with equalization. You never have to question whether the speaker is changing the sound. And you can work for 10 or 12 hours on this system without fatigue.”

Projects mixed by Goodes since opening include “The Monkey King,” an Atmos mix for the Chinese market; “Predestination,” a feature starring Ethan Hawke; “Deep Sea Challenge,” a James Cameron documentary; and “Hidden Universe” for IMAX release.

Savage appreciates the streamlined installation of the 48 V remotely powered surround loudspeakers. “Installation and setup was much easier than the conventional approach,” he notes. “You simply run a single cable with 48 V power and audio for the internally bi-amplified surrounds. This saves installation costs, particularly when you’re dealing with an Atmos system.”

The new mixing theatre also includes a Harrison Trion mixing console with 240 inputs, five Avid Pro Tools systems, a 10-meter-wide screen, and a Christie 4K projector with 3D capability.

“The independent mixers who use the room all comment on how great it sounds,” reports Savage. “The Meyer Sound monitors have lived up to our high expectations, and exceeded them—particularly with Atmos.”

Established in 1983, Soundfirm lists sound mixing credits for such iconic films as “Crocodile Dundee,” “Mad Max 2,” and “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.” In addition to its Melbourne location, Soundfirm also maintains post-production facilities in Sydney and Beijing.

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Meyer Sound LEO is “Dynamite for Every Show” on Hedley Canadian Tour

The multiplatinum-selling pop-rock band Hedley is in the midst of their cross-continent “Wild Live” tour of Canada supported by a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. Supplied by Richmond, BC-based KiAN Concert Sound Services, the flexible LEO system adapts to venues of all shapes and sizes, from theatres up to arenas in Montreal and Toronto.

“LEO has been dynamite for every show,” says Russ Giroux, FOH engineer and tour manager for Hedley. “I can get a clean, tight pop mix out of LEO in difficult arenas. Even when the roof level is different from one side to the other, or with very steep 200 levels, I still get solid, uniform coverage. It’s a super-versatile system that helps a lot in unconventional rooms.”

The typical configuration for the smaller venues is 12 LEO-M line array loudspeakers per side, which is increased to 15 per side for larger arenas. Available as needed are 24 MILO, 12 M’elodie, and two MICA line array loudspeakers for outfill, front-fill, and downfill applications, respectively. Twelve 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and 12 700-HP subwoofers supply low-end reinforcement, while a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system comprising one Galileo 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors supplies drive and alignment. Six MJF-212A stage monitors are used for stage foldback.

“I’ve been really impressed with the 1100-LFCs,” says Giroux. “They are super efficient, and with Galileo and the Compass® software, we’re able to steer them to avoid a power alley down the middle. Also, their power is incredible.”

Giroux appreciates the flat, linear response and pattern control of the LEO-M arrays as well. “We have a satellite B stage way in front of the arrays,” he notes. “We are able to tune the PA so the lead singer can work out in front of the speakers for 80 percent of the show, but we never worry about feedback.”

KiAN has supplied two 96-input Avid VENUE Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, while the band uses Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphones along with Sennheiser G3 IEM and instrument systems.

“I admit that I decided to take out this rig having never heard LEO before, so I was taking a chance,” says Giroux. “But I ‘ve worked with KiAN for years, and I was told great things about LEO by people I respect. They were right.”

One of Canada’s most popular touring acts, Juno Award-winning Hedley has released four consecutive multi-platinum albums. Its 36-city “Wild Live” tour kicked off in Prince George, BC, turned around in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and finishes in Abbotsford, BC.

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Arup and McCune Reinforce Vancouver TED2014 Conference with Meyer Sound M’elodie

For its 30th anniversary, the TED conference moved from its long-time Long Beach location to a custom-built, 1,200-seat theatre at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Canada. Luminaries participating at the five-day event included Sting, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. As was the case in the former location, a Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system was chosen to provide the audio clarity needed for an audience who came to be engaged and inspired.

“The M’elodies have treated me well since we first started using them six years ago,” says Erik Sandberg, long-time FOH engineer for the event. “Their intelligibility is exceptional, which is critical because some TED presenters are soft-spoken, and not professional speakers. Also, the system is compact and visually discreet, which the client appreciates. And although it works beautifully with the spoken word program, it also translates very well with musical presentations.”

The move to Vancouver presented numerous logistical challenges for sound reinforcement. The arena-style theatre consisted of a thrust stage with a 200-degree audience wrap-around and a very steep seating rake. There also needed to be almost no bleed into the microphones, as the event would be broadcast and webcast.

“The TED conference is really three events at once,” explains Nick Malgieri, who headed event audio for San Francisco-based supplier McCune Audio/Video/Lighting. “It’s a live event for a very select audience, a live TV broadcast, and a taping session for post-production. These all have to be served without compromise, and because of the wide diversity of speakers and performers, the audio system has to handle everything. Fortunately, the clinically precise coverage patterns of the Meyer Sound speakers and the flexibility of Galileo® allowed us to zone the system for perfect results.”

Sandberg and Malgieri, as well as Kurt Graffy of Arup Acoustic Consulting collaborated on system design. Four arrays of nine M’elodie loudspeakers each covered the wide seating arc, with three 700-HP subwoofers flown in a steered directional array. Fill was provided by 10 UPM-2P and six UPA-1P loudspeakers and two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers. Two UPM-2P and two UPJ-1P loudspeakers were used for monitoring and foldback, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system consisting of two Galileo 616 processors supplied system drive and optimization. System deployment was supervised by Pete Bender, technical director of McCune.

“We had some challenges this year with the new venue and a last-minute change in hang points, but with the power of MAPP Online Pro® [acoustic prediction program], everything fell into place,” says Sandberg. “It was one of the best-sounding TED conferences I’ve done. We had a number of compliments from the audience, and Sting’s engineer—who was gracious enough to let me mix the set—was very happy with how it sounded. Also, everything went up quickly and we were out of there in record time.”

Founded in 1984, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences governed by the non-profit Sapling Foundation. The annual conferences were inaugurated in Monterey, Calif. in 1990.

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Meyer Sound at InfoComm China 2014: LYON, CAL with AVB, Audio Education and More

At InfoComm China 2014 in Beijing, visit the Meyer Sound Booth CF5-02 to meet LYON™, the latest addition to the Meyer Sound LEO™ Family of linear sound reinforcement systems as heard at the highest-profile shows worldwide, including the Michael Buble tour, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and more. In addition, the InfoComm education programs will feature two sessions from Meyer Sound focusing on room acoustics and AVB audio video bridging networks.

Bringing the sonic performance of the LEO system to a more flexible and compact package, LYON is designed for applications where LEO’s extreme long throw is not required. Ideal applications for LYON include arena and large auditorium installations, as well as tours and festivals. LYON linear loudspeakers are available in two versions: the LYON-M main line array loudspeaker and the LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeaker. Complemented by the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and the Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system, LYON-M can anchor a powerful system for installations, as well as tours and festivals. LYON-W can serve as down fill to augment a LYON system.

Also making its InfoComm China debut is the MJF-210, the lightest self-powered stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line. Only 353 mm (13.9 inches) high and weighing just 30.4 kg (67 lbs), the MJF-210 reproduces vocals and instruments with extraordinary accuracy while offering all of the logistical benefits of self-powered systems.

A live technical demonstration will showcase the power of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) interoperability. It will feature a Meyer Sound steerable CAL™ column array loudspeaker and an AVnu-certified Extreme Networks Summit X440-8t switch routing audio signals on an AVB network. CAL loudspeakers are installed at the University of Hong Kong, the world-renowned Musikverein in Vienna, and the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

Also shown on the booth will be a variety of externally powered 48 V products, including UP-4XP 48 V and UPJunior-XP 48 V VariO loudspeakers, and an HMS-5 cinema surround loudspeaker.

Jerry Placken, business development manager, global markets at Meyer Sound will lead two InfoComm University seminars. “Introduction to Room Acoustics” at 11:00 on Wednesday, April 9 will focus on the key acoustics concepts that are essential to audio system design and optimization in challenging environments. “Deploying Large-Scale AVB Networks” at 16:00 on Thursday, April 10 will cover the planning, deployment, and management of large-scale AVB Audio and Video networks.

InfoComm China
Booth CF5-02
China National Convention Center
April 9-11, 2014

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Ohio’s Summit Pro Works Invests in Meyer Sound LYON

To tap into the growing demand for more powerful and versatile sound reinforcement in event production, Summit Pro Works of Dayton, Ohio has invested in a new Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system.

“I heard a demo of LYON in New York, and recognized immediately that it’s a great-sounding system,” says Rob Snyder, CEO of Summit Pro Works. “I was also impressed by its substantial power with its modest size and weight. Together with the fact that it is a self-powered system, LYON gives us a significant advantage when it comes to truck pack and gross truck weight.”

Introduced in January, LYON incorporates the performance of the LEO™ Family in a lighter and more compact package, extending the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a wider range of venues and applications. Summit Pro Works expects the system to find rapid acceptance across its client base, which includes both Christian and secular concert touring acts, summer festivals, civic celebrations, and corporate events.

The system shipped to Summit Pro Works comprises 16 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and two Galileo® Callisto™ 616 array processors. The LYON investment bolsters the company’s existing Meyer Sound inventory of more than 100 units, including M’elodie® and MICA® line array loudspeakers, several UltraSeries™ models, 700-HP subwoofers, and MJF-212A stage monitors.

“Summit Pro Works has been a Meyer Sound house since the company started, and we’ve never looked back,” says Snyder. “The sound quality and versatility are unmatched, and the systems are widely accepted on band riders.”

The LYON system investment was a joint decision by Snyder and John Youker, owner of Summit Pro Works. In addition to pro audio system rentals, Summit Pro Works also offers recording services and custom road case manufacturing.

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Pro Audio Systems Becomes First UK Supplier of Meyer Sound MJF-210 Stage Monitors

Pro Audio Systems (PAS) of Bradford has become the first rental company in the UK to own the new self-powered MJF-210 stage monitor from Meyer Sound. Built for the demanding needs of today’s live productions, the MJF-210 is the lightest stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line.

“A credible stage monitoring package for high-profile work had been the missing link in our rental inventory for some time,” says Brian Lumb, managing director for PAS. “As a Meyer Sound house, we wanted something that delivers the same audio performance, reliability, acceptance, and ease of use that all our other Meyer Sound products provide. As soon as we heard the MJF-210, we knew that our search was over and it was time to invest.”

A self-powered system with a low-profile design and an impressive power-to-size ratio, the MJF-210 contains two 10-inch LF transducers and a four-inch diaphragm compression driver mounted on a 50° H x 70° V constant directivity horn. The drivers are powered by an internal three-channel Class D amplifier.

PAS has added 12 MJF-210 stage monitors to an existing inventory of Meyer Sound equipment that includes MILO® line array loudspeakers, MSL-4 loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers, UltraSeries™ and Industrial Series loudspeakers, Galileo® loudspeaker management systems, and more.

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Meyer Sound Launches New Website Design

Meyer Sound is pleased to invite visitors to explore its new website, redesigned to streamline the navigation of essential product information and enhance the overall user experience: www.meyersound.com

In addition to its more pleasing appearance, the new website highlights a number of improvements that make finding critical information easier for customers. They include more intuitive product selection parameters that enable quicker access to product descriptions, datasheets, operating instructions, and AutoCAD files. The improved support page gives more direct access to tools like the Amperage/BTU Calculator and rigging guides.

The Meyer Sound website provides access to product information, technical support resources, webinar archives, videos, and project stories, all of which combine to give an overview of the company’s solutions. Website users can continue to download software updates, subscribe to company product and education news, register to attend seminars and webinars, and find Meyer Sound dealers, distributors, and rental providers.

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Meyer Sound Cinema Line Expands with HMS-15, Its Most Powerful Surround Loudspeaker to Date

Meyer Sound has announced the new self-powered HMS-15 surround loudspeaker, which will debut during CinemaCon 2014 in Las Vegas, March 25-27. Easily the most powerful in the company’s expanding line of surround loudspeakers, the HMS-15 delivers both the intensity and subtle nuances of soundtracks to every listener, without compromise.

“The HMS-15 was specifically designed for the extreme demands of today’s dynamic, multi-channel immersive sound formats,” explains Steve Shurtz, technology director for Meyer Sound’s cinema products. “Mixers can now move music and other sound elements off the screen, while still keeping the sound ethereally in front of the audience with undiminished clarity and impact. This opens up the screen for more distinct dialog and sound effects.”

The HMS-15 is designed for high-power, longer-throw applications in cinema exhibition auditoriums as well as in post-production and screening rooms. While it offers exemplary performance in 5.1 and 7.1 formats, the HMS-15 is ideally suited for the extreme demands of immersive formats such as Dolby® Atmos™ and Barco Auro. Pre-release HMS-15 units have been in use to great acclaim at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound in Marin County, Calif.

Inside the cabinet, the HMS-15 houses a 15-inch long-excursion LF driver; a three-inch diaphragm HF compression driver coupled to a consistent 80° H x 50° V horn; and two-channel amplification with active crossover, driver protection, and correction for phase and frequency response. With a resultant frequency range of 50 Hz to 18 kHz and a maximum peak SPL of 133 dB (@ 1 m) with very low distortion, the HMS‑15 far exceeds the performance level of conventional, passive cinema surround loudspeakers.

The versatile HMS‑15 can be mounted on walls or ceilings at fixed or adjustable angles with the optional wall-mount brackets or U-bracket, adapting easily to the physical requirements of any surround or immersive sound format.

Although designed primarily for cinema applications, the extraordinary power and clarity of the HMS-15 also make it an effective surround loudspeaker for theatrical productions and themed spectaculars.

The HMS‑15 is available in two models. The 48 V DC version, HMS‑15, is powered by the MPS-488HP external power supply, which eliminates the need for wiring conduits while preserving the advantages of self-powered, bi-amplified loudspeaker systems. The HMS-15AC model is ideal for installations where AC power is readily available.

The HMS-15 joins a full line of Meyer Sound cinema surround loudspeakers that also comprises, in descending size, the HMS-12, HMS-10, and HMS-5.

The HMS-15AC begins shipping in July 2014, and the 48 V DC-powered HMS-15 in October 2014.

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Cutting through Reverberation: Meyer Sound CAL at 15th Century Swiss Parliament Hall

At the Berner Rathaus (English: Bern Town Hall) in Switzerland, voice intelligibility has been greatly improved with the installation of two steerable Meyer Sound CAL 64 column array loudspeakers. The system is implemented in the Grossratssaal, the acoustically challenging main legislative chamber of the 15th century Gothic structure. Project design was handled by Daniel Zurwerra of Suhr, Switzerland-based Virtually Audio.

“Voice reinforcement in this space is challenging for several reasons,” recounts Zurwerra.  “First, the reverberation time is more than two seconds, and even higher at some frequencies. We have high background noise levels, and because of aesthetics and historic preservation requirements, loudspeaker placement and positioning is highly restricted. It was clear that beam-steering columns would offer the best results.

“The sound quality and visual aesthetics of CAL are just right,” continues Zurwerra.  “When choosing CAL, I considered the accuracy of simulation data, dedicated drivers for LF and HF, a digital audio network interface, relay closures for fault reports, and options for custom colors and mounting. In addition, I knew I could count on strong local support for Meyer Sound products.”

Kehrsatz-based Kilchenmann AG provided system integration under the direction of Michael Schmutz, while Hansjürg Meier of Adligenswil-based Tonspur AG facilitated technical support for the Meyer Sound portion of the project.

After installation was complete, Zurwerra thoroughly measured and evaluated the system. “The intelligibility figures were very good despite the reverberant room, and the government officials in charge immediately noticed that overall clarity was markedly better,” he says. “In addition, the excellent sonic performance of the CALs will allow the system to be used for a wide range of events, including musical performances.”

The new audio system for the Grossratssaal also comprises a Biamp Nexia CS digital signal processor, a Brähler Conference System, Shure wireless microphones, and an AMX control system.

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New LYON Line Array Loudspeaker System Leads Meyer Sound Lineup for Prolight + Sound 2014

At Prolight + Sound 2014 in Frankfurt, visit the Meyer Sound Stand F70 in Hall 8.0 to meet LYON™, the latest addition to the Meyer Sound LEO™ Family of linear sound reinforcement systems.

Bringing the linear reproduction of the LEO system to a more flexible and compact package, LYON is designed for applications where LEO’s extreme long throw is not required. They include arena and large auditorium installations, as well as tours and festivals. LYON linear line array loudspeakers are available in two versions: the LYON-M main line array loudspeaker and the LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeaker. Complemented by the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and the Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system, LYON-M can anchor a powerful system for installations in arenas and large auditoriums, as well as tours and festivals. LYON-W can serve as down fill to augment a LYON-based system.

Also making its Prolight + Sound debut is the MJF-210, the lightest self-powered stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line. Only 353 mm (13.9 inches) high and weighing just 30.4 kg (67 lbs), the MJF-210 reproduces vocals and instruments with extraordinary accuracy while offering all of the logistical benefits of self-powered systems.

A live technical demonstration will showcase the power of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) interoperability. It will feature an AVnu-certified Extreme Networks Summit X440-8t switch, a laptop, and a Meyer Sound steerable CAL™ column array loudspeaker routing audio signals on an AVB network. Also featured on the booth will be the MINA™ line array loudspeaker with companion 500-HP subwoofers, the JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker, and a variety of externally powered 48 V self-powered loudspeakers.

To learn about new applications of the Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system, attend the Manufacturer Forum “Active Acoustics in an AV Corporate Environment” at 13:00 on Wednesday, March 12. Presented by Anders Jørgensen of project consultant and integrator Stouenborg, the session will profile the voice lift capabilities at Denmark’s Jyske Bank.

Meyer Sound LEO is nominated for a Pipa Prolight + Sound International Press Award in the Concert Sound category. Magazines from around the world vote for the winners, which will be announced at a ceremony in Hall 5.0, on Thursday, March 13 at 18:30.

Prolight + Sound
Stand F70, Hall 8.0
Frankfurt Messe
March 12-15, 2014

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