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John Meyer, Audio Pioneer behind Meyer Sound, Enters TEC Awards Hall of Fame

John Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Meyer Sound Laboratories, was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame at the 2014 NAMM Show. Following an introduction by Dennis “Wiz” Leonard, long-time FOH mixer of the Grateful Dead, Meyer received the award as he joined Frank Zappa, Phil Spector, T Bone Burnett, and 30 other luminaries who have shaped the art and science of music, recording, and sound reinforcement technologies.

“Throughout my career, I have worked to create technology that brings audiences closer to musicians in a transparent way,” Meyer says. “There are products designed specifically to make art, but my interest has always been to create a high-quality listening experience without interfering with the artist’s creation. By providing these tools, we strive to enhance the shared entertainment experience that will surely remain a way of life for generations to come.”

John Meyer’s role as an audio innovator extends to the late 1960s, when he consulted on audio for the Steve Miller Band. Since establishing Meyer Sound in 1979, John Meyer and his wife, Helen Meyer have led an engineering team that is responsible for not only pioneering self-powered concert loudspeakers, but also introducing breakthrough developments including dedicated loudspeaker processing, SIM™ source independent measurement tools, trapezoidal loudspeaker cabinets, directional subwoofers, and more. Products designed and manufactured under Meyer’s direction are now installed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, and have toured with artists ranging from the Three Tenors to Michael Bublé.

“New products start with an idea, but turning a concept into useful technology requires hard work and risk-taking that may or may not result in financial success,” says Meyer. “By rewarding the contributions of the engineers in our industry, the TEC Awards have inspired us to pursue ambitious new ideas and fostered an innovative spirit. I’m extremely honored to be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame.”

Sharing the honors with John Meyer as the other 2014 TEC Awards Hall of Fame inductee was Hal Blaine, the legendary “Wrecking Crew” studio session drummer. Musician and engineer Todd Rundgren received this year’s Les Paul Award.

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Capital Sound Chooses Self-Powered Meyer Sound MILO for Adrenaline-Filled “Nitro Circus Live”

A self-powered Meyer Sound MILO® line array loudspeaker system recently accompanied the 15-city European arena tour of “Nitro Circus Live,” the extreme stunt show featuring daring stunt specialists on motorbikes, skateboards, and BMX bikes.  Over the roar of both frenzied fans and motorbikes, the Meyer Sound system from London-based Capital Sound delivered clear, powerful audio for the show’s announcements, interviews, and music playback.

According to Capital Sound, the MILO system offered ample power and crisp intelligibility, as well as the logistical advantages of self-powered technology.

“With the show being on the floor of the venue, the cable routings, power distribution, and any amplifiers that would normally be sited on the ground would get in the way,” says Paul Timmins, general manager of Capital Sound. “Also, with the tight schedule for rigging and de-rigging, speed was of the essence. To achieve all these aims, we deployed a customized MILO system with dedicated power distribution on top of each hang. This meant we could put any hang in any position in the building, all linked via an Optocore fiber optic digital network system.”

For most shows, the coverage requirement was for either 270 degrees or 360 degrees. The general setup featured six hangs of nine MILO loudspeakers over three MICA® line array loudspeakers, with two arrays of nine MICA loudspeakers each for delay, eight UPA-1P loudspeakers for fill, and 16 700-HP subwoofers positioned under the lander ramps. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors supplied system drive and optimization.

“The MILOs did most of the work, with the MICAs hanging off the bottom and supported by a clever Meyer Sound transition frame,” says Timmins. “This worked exceptionally well, allowing us to configure the hangs depending on the room.”

As directed by George Gorga, head of sound for “Nitro Circus Live,” the main hangs were flown just off-center in each venue. With this positioning, and the arrays pre-cabled and on dollies, the Capital Sound team could rig the system clear of everything else that was going on, significantly decreasing setup time.

Inputs for the show principally came from ten Shure UHF-R handheld and headset microphones, plus a pair of Denon D-630 CD players, all mixed by Gorga on a Yamaha M7CL digital console. In addition to the main Meyer Sound system, console outputs also fed eight Sennheiser 2000 series IEM transmitters with 16 receivers, plus Sennheiser HD-25 headphones for local monitoring.

Hosted by and featuring daredevil entrepreneur Travis Pastrana, the “Nitro Circus Live” tour was spawned by the success of the “Nitro Circus” reality TV series which started in 2006.

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Meyer Sound Reinforces Live Jazz at Chef Claus Meyer’s Copenhagen Restaurant Venue

Globally renowned chef Claus Meyer has recently opened The Standard, a live jazz and restaurant venue in Copenhagen, Denmark. The jazz club features a compact, self-powered Meyer Sound UltraSeries™ loudspeaker system installed by Kastrup, Denmark-based Stouenborg.

“The Standard has a small, powerful, and flexible system that offers excellent dispersion and reproduces sound perfectly,” says Anders Jørgensen, project manager and sound designer for Stouenborg.

The installation in the 68-seat club combines two UPJ-1P VariO™ and three UPM-1P loudspeakers with one UMS-1P subwoofer. Performances are mixed on a Roland V-Mixer mixing console, and musicians use DPA microphones.

“We considered a number of options, but the combination of UPJ-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers best provided the necessary audio fidelity and visual unobtrusiveness,” says Jørgensen. “The challenge was to ensure a pristine sound with no coloration, and the UPJ-1Ps have been really terrific in this regard.”

Recent performers at The Standard’s jazz club include Roberta Gambarini, The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet, Viktoria Tolstoy, and other leading Scandinavian jazz musicians. The venue is also equipped to stream its performances via HD webcasts.

Claus Meyer is co-founder of two-Michelin-star Noma, a Copenhagen restaurant named best in the world three years in a row by Restaurant magazine.

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Meyer Sound to Demo New MJF-210 Stage Monitor at All Access Show 2014 in Nova Scotia

Meyer Sound’s lightest self-powered stage monitor, the MJF-210, will be heard in its first trade show demo at All Access Show 2014 on January 30 and 31 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The low-profile MJF-210 carries the sonic performance of the MJF-212A stage monitor, which has been used by artists such as Metallica, Usher, and Michael Bublé. The MJF-210 began shipping in November 2013.

The MJF-210 weighs 67 pounds (30.5 kg) and measures less than 14 inches (35.5 cm) high, and is sloped at 40 degrees from the stage. Each loudspeaker houses a four-inch diaphragm compression driver coupled to a 50° H x 70° V constant-directivity horn. A three-channel class D amplifier powers the drivers. An optional RMS™ remote monitoring system module enables comprehensive monitoring on a Mac or Windows computer. In addition, Meyer Sound will display the UPA-1P loudspeaker at the booth.

All Access Show will also feature an interview with Lee Moro, Meyer Sound’s Nashville manager and touring liaison, in a special session entitled “Hot Seat.” More details are available on the All Access Show website.

All Access Show 2014 is organized by Tour Tech East, the leading supplier of live event production technology along Canada’s Atlantic Coast. 2014 marks Meyer Sound’s first appearance at All Access Show.

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Meyer Sound Debuts LYON Linear Sound Reinforcement System at ISE 2014

Meyer Sound has announced the self-powered LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system, the newest addition to the LEO™ Family of linear loudspeaker systems. Incorporating the technology of the LEO Family in a lighter and more compact package, LYON extends the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a broader range of venues and applications. LYON will make its debut at the ISE trade show in Amsterdam.

“With the LEO system, we have shown how a system that stays linear across all frequencies and at very high sound levels can provide a whole new listening experience for everything from the New York Philharmonic to Bassnectar,” says John Meyer, Meyer Sound’s CEO and co-founder. “By combining this high level of linearity with a more flexible package, LYON will open up many more opportunities for listeners to experience the performance advantages of a linear system.”

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, the LYON-M can anchor a powerful system for installations in arenas and large auditoriums, as well as tours and festivals. The LYON-W can serve as down fills to augment a LYON-based system. Both LYON versions can be used to provide supplemental coverage in a LEO system.

At ISE, Meyer Sound will also show the recently announced Galileo Callisto 616 AES primary array processor, a powerful hardware and software solution for driving and aligning Meyer Sound loudspeaker array systems. Designed as a mastering tool for delivering digital audio, the Callisto processor combines versatile alignment tools like U-Shaping™ equalization and delay integration with a full suite of AES3 analog and digital inputs and outputs.

As part of the InfoComm education program at ISE, Jeff Koftinoff, Meyer Sound embedded systems and signal processing architect, will present “Deploying Large Scale AVB Networks” on February 6.

On the AVnu Alliance pavilion, AVB-capable products from Meyer Sound, Avid, and Extreme Networks will be featured in a live demo to show the power of AVB interoperability in a live sound environment. Products in the demo will include a Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeaker and D-Mitri® digital audio platform, an Avid S3L live sound system and Avid Pro Tools 11 running on a laptop, as well as a switch from the Extreme Networks Summit series. Other AVnu Alliance member companies participating in the pavilion include Barco, Biamp, and Harman. Visit Hall 7 booth H195 to learn more.

Integrated Systems Europe
Booth 1-F90
Amsterdam RAI
February 4-6, 2014

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Meyer Sound LEO Powers Bassnectar 360° New Year’s Eve Show

On New Year’s Eve, approximately 17,000 “Bassheads” converged at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to usher in 2014 with Bassnectar, the electronic music DJ whose immersive live shows have earned him legions of devoted fans. To ensure an equal experience for all attendees, the 360-degree event featured a rotating stage, as well as the largest Meyer Sound LEO™ large-scale sound reinforcement system to date.

“The sound was spectacular, and incredibly even for an in-the-round setup,” says Brendan Hoffman, FOH engineer and production manager. “From FOH at one end of the arena up to the stage and the higher seating sections, differences were negligible. It was a gut punch on the floor and a gut punch at the top level.”

Supplied by VER Tour Sound, the LEO system comprised 96 LEO-M line array loudspeakers deployed in four arrays of 14-each for long-end throws, and four of 10-each for the short sides. Four MICA® line array loudspeakers completed each array as down fill, while eight additional MICA loudspeakers were spaced around the stage as front fill. For powerful low-end reinforcement, four arrays of 12-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were flown, augmented on the floor by 12 1100-LFC loudspeakers and 20 700-HP subwoofers arranged in cardioid pairs around the circular stage.

The system was aligned and optimized by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 AES and 12 Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. The low-end arrays were configured and timed to steer energy in a clean donut pattern out to the audience and away from the stage. VER Tour Sound’s Doug McKinley and Chad Fuller handled system design.

“Obviously the bottom end with all the 1100-LFCs was incredibly loud, but it was still clean with tight transients—the crux of this style of music,” points out Hoffman. “It was solid down to 28 Hz.”

Hoffman mixed on an Avid SC48 console equipped with Waves plug-ins and augmented with outboard Avalon compressor-equalizers. Monitor engineer Jayson Pietri also mixed on an SC48, while Bassnectar used a Shure wireless microphone system with an SM58 capsule. Opening the evening for Bassnectar were Zion I and ill-esha.

Social media response has been enthusiastic:

“The amount of bass that this man brings to every show he performs is unreal. The bass will have your sinuses vibrating and your ears itching… which is why people travel hundreds of miles, and wait in extremely long lines in the freezing cold, just to get a wristband to be on the floor,” writes Michael Patrick.

“I find it hard to describe the experience in words. This was my first Bassnectar experience and I am hooked. Thank you for providing me one of my most memorable life experiences—truly,” writes Jenny Hamblen Shreeve.

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Using Meyer Sound Constellation, France’s Vendéspace Doubles as a Symphony Hall and Sports Arena

In Vendéspace in western France, a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system helps transform a sports arena into a premier classical music hall on demand. The audacious multipurpose building project began when the local government realized funds were available for only one structure. As a result, two seemingly contrary uses were combined into a single, architecturally daring, and cost-effective new venue.

“Most multi-purpose venues provide slight acoustic differences between shows as similar as theatre and opera, but certainly not as different as sports and symphonic music,” says Marc Asselineau, acoustician for the consulting firm Peutz France. “It was also a difficult acoustical challenge with the multiple staging and seating configurations.”

Asselineau deduced that, by building an acoustically dead space suitable for amplified music, he could use active acoustics to enhance the ambience for concerts and sporting events. Working with Martin Morillon, Vendéspace director, the team selected a Constellation system.

“We went to Laboral Teatro in Spain to hear a demonstration and listened to a chamber music rehearsal,” says Morillon. “In such a large space, we were amazed at the acoustics, balance, and volume of the music coming from only five instruments.”

Asselineau adds: “Constellation was an excellent solution for Vendéspace, as it does not introduce any coloration into the sound. It was also the most economical option, and it has demonstrated that it can cope with the extreme variability of event staging.”

The installation in the Grand Hall of Vendéspace has more seating capacity than any Constellation projects, providing 4,100 seats for sporting events such as basketball. Other entertainment events can employ either longitudinal or transverse staging. The venue’s transverse “lyric” configuration seats about 2,300 for classical music concerts, while the venue can accommodate 4,900 fans for amplified music.

The system employs 49 distributed microphones for sensing the ambient physical acoustics, and a D-Mitri® digital audio platform with five VRAS™ processors for each distinct reverberation zone. Fifty-eight UltraSeries™ loudspeakers and 12 subwoofers recreate natural room reverberation across the full audio spectrum. One early reflection zone is dedicated to a virtual orchestral shell that can be deployed when needed. Multiple presets allow use of Constellation for any staging and seating configuration.

“At our recent event on the ATP Challenger Tour, the tennis court sounded like it was right at your feet, even in distant seats,” says Morillon. “And with every concert, the conductors, musicians, and artistic directors are all convinced of the quality of the Constellation system.”

For amplified events, Vendéspace features a flexible system of 18 MICA® line array loudspeakers, eight JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, and eight 700-HP subwoofers. The MICA loudspeaker arrays can be hung under the retractable center scoreboard for high-volume sporting events. For voice announcements, six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers in the Constellation system can be re-purposed as a distributed system with a preset. The reinforcement system was designed by Cyril Ubersfeld of Best Audio and installed by Tech Audio, both of Paris.

Future events at Vendéspace include volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, ice-skating shows, the St. Petersburg Ballet, a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and pop concerts by Christophe Mae and James Blunt.

Vendéspace is located near the city of La Roche-sur-Yon and is owned and operated by the General Council of Vendée. It was designed by French architect Paul Chemetov.

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LakeRidge United Methodist Church Adds MINA in Its Third Meyer Sound-Equipped Venue

LakeRidge United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Tex. has markedly improved the sound in its main sanctuary with the installation of a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system. Having previously selected Meyer Sound systems for two other areas of the church, Lubbock-based Moyers Group was called upon to design and install the new system.

“Since the new MINA system was installed in the main sanctuary, everybody has noticed the difference,” says Elec Winner, the church’s director of technical ministries. “The clarity of the high end is amazing. Now everything has its proper place in acoustic space, and the coverage from front to back is completely uniform. Our senior pastor is extremely happy. The sound check before the service takes less time, and the gain before feedback is much higher.”

The new system comprises left and right arrays of seven MINA loudspeakers each, two UPA-1P loudspeakers for side fill, two 700-HP subwoofers, and one UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeaker as a choir monitor. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and alignment.

Completing the main sanctuary system are a Midas Legend 3000 mixing console and Shure ULX and ULX-D wireless microphone systems. An Aviom system with Westone in-ear units provides monitoring for the praise band.

LakeRidge’s multi-purpose activity center features a Meyer Sound system with two UPA-1P loudspeakers as the main system and two UPJunior VariO loudspeakers as side fills, along with two USW-1P subwoofers in a cardioid array supplying directional low end. In addition, a pair of UPJ-1P loudspeakers supports traditional services in the chapel. Moyers Group handled all three installations.

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Rumble Audio Post Supports New York Indie Filmmakers with Meyer Sound Monitoring System

With a primary focus to serve New York City’s independent film production community, Rumble Audio Post has installed a Meyer Sound cinema monitoring system. The Brooklyn post facility is now one of three Meyer Sound-equipped post houses in the New York metro area.

“My goal is to provide the highest quality audio services at rates that fit the budgets of most independent films,” says Ryan Billia, engineer and owner of Rumble. “I was determined from the outset that I did not want to compromise on the console or monitoring.”

The monitoring system for Rumble’s mixing stage includes three Acheron® Designer screen channel loudspeakers, two X-800C cinema subwoofers, six HMS-5 cinema surround loudspeakers, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors for system drive and optimization. Alternate presets in the Galileo processors allow push-button setup for television series, advertising, or web-based content. The system was supplied by Sonic Circus of Townshend, Vt.

Billia first learned of the Acheron Designer loudspeaker in news stories about the system installed in the screening room at Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Studios.

“The Designers looked to be the perfect fit,” says Billa. “I received very strong encouragement from Marti D. Humphrey at The Dub Stage in Hollywood, a veteran who is a mentor for many of us younger mixers. He had been mixing on a Meyer system for a couple of years, and he could not recommend them enough.”

In his first months of operation, Billia mixed “Pills,” a music-laden short film directed by Craig Zobel, and two feature-length films, one of which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival.

“I had one filmmaker tell me that with the Meyer Sound system, it was almost like he’d never really heard a film before. The sound is so tight, so focused and controlled.”

Rumble’s mixing stage includes an Avid ICON D-Control console, a complete Pro Tools HD system, a Panasonic PT-AE8000U projector, and a rack of high-end analog outboard processors for sound design applications. Room acoustics were handled by Dave Ellis of Ellis Island Design.

In addition to its main mixing stage, Rumble Audio Post offers a foley stage and a recording booth for voice-overs, ADR, and narration.

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Meyer Sound Introduces Galileo Callisto 616 AES Primary Array Processor

The new Meyer Sound Galileo® Callisto™ 616 AES primary array processor is a powerful hardware and software solution for driving and aligning Meyer Sound loudspeaker array systems. Combining versatile alignment tools like U-Shaping™ equalization and delay integration with a full suite of digital AES3 and analog inputs and outputs, the Callisto 616 AES serves as a flexible mastering tool for delivering digital audio to satellite Meyer Sound processors, including Galileo Callisto 616 processors and Galileo 616 and 408 processors.

“The Callisto 616 AES adds a new level of control in commissioning sound systems as it allows engineers to precision calibrate individual elements or zones using the satellite processors, and then they can use the AES primary processor at FOH to make further adjustments to the overall system using tools like U-Shaping,” explains Todd Meier, digital products manager at Meyer Sound. “Together with the Compass® control interface, this pairing provides the ultimate FOH system mastering tool and makes tuning sound systems much more efficient.”

The two-space, rack-mounted Callisto 616 AES includes six inputs, 16 digital outputs with eight mirrored analog outputs, and a full digital matrix processor. Working in tandem with the Compass control software, Callisto 616 AES is optimized to be a mastering tool that makes it easier to manage loudspeaker systems and shape overall system response. The U-Shaping equalization comprises five bands with adjustable slopes, widths, and gain. Five bands of complementary phase parametric filters are available on each output. An additional five bands of parametric filters and standard TruShaping® equalization are available on each input.

 

Additional features include delay integration for automatic alignment of Meyer Sound line arrays, and atmospheric correction to maintain high frequency response regardless of changes in temperature and humidity.

To assume impeccable sonic performance for analog audio signals, Callisto 616 AES employs A-D-A conversion with 24-bit resolution at 96 kHz sampling. Internal processing is at 96 kHz with 32-bit floating point resolution. Latency is fixed across all output channels regardless of processing applied, and dedicated connectors are provided for seamless integration of Meyer Sound’s SIM® 3 audio analyzer.

Galileo Callisto 616 AES will begin shipping early February.

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