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Meyer Sound MINA Covers All Sonic Subtleties for Polish Musical Theatre

The 900-seat Musical Theatre ROMA in Warsaw, Poland has installed Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeakers to support its repertoire of musical productions. Designed and supplied by Warsaw-based Polsound, the new system was installed in the historic, early-20th century auditorium just prior to the opening of its latest production, Singing in the Rain.

“Our goal for many years has been to install a Meyer Sound system, and we simply love it,” says Wlodek Kowalczyk, the venue’s principal sound engineer. “The MINA system delivers sparkling definition, and a dynamic range that covers all the subtleties of sound in musical theatre. It responds to what I wish to achieve, without compromises.”

The main FOH system comprises 28 MINA loudspeakers, which include twin left and right hangs of 11 each and a center cluster of six. Four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements are deployed as dual end-fired arrays. Completing the Meyer Sound system are eight UPM-1P loudspeakers for front fill, two UPA-1P loudspeakers for corner fill, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors for system drive and alignment.

Polsound has also provided 24 channels of Shure ULX-D digital wireless microphones and a Shure PSM 900 in-ear monitoring system.

“The new MINA system fits the venue perfectly,” says Pawel Danikiewicz, commercial director for Polsound. “It’s surprisingly powerful, yet smaller than what was installed before. MINA sounds like a big hi-fi system.”

Originally built in 1935 as a “Catholic House” in the classic style reminiscent of Italian opera halls, the Musical Theatre ROMA auditorium was one of the few buildings in Warsaw to survive World War II. It was home to the Polish National Opera from the post-war era through 1963. Past productions at the venue include Cats, Grease, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les Misérables.

Since introduced in 2010, the MINA loudspeaker has won rapid acceptance in Poland.  In addition to Musical Theatre ROMA, Polsound has recently installed other MINA systems at Malopolski Ogrod Sztuki [Garden of Art in Malopolska] in Cracow, CK Zamek [Poznan Castle] in Poznan, and Teatr Studio in Warsaw.

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POOLgroup Powers Germany’s Deichbrand Festival with Meyer Sound LEO

This summer in Cuxhaven, Germany, rental house POOLgroup deployed its Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for the main stage of the 2013 Deichbrand Festival.

Headlined by acts including Bush, Die Toten Hosen, and Funeral for a Friend, the four-day festival attracted around 35,000 people a day to an airfield near the ocean. According to the audio team, the effects of wind became a key consideration in designing the sound system for the main stage.

“The LEO system is so much more powerful than anything else we have worked with,” says Tim Humpe, head of entertainment and touring production for POOLgroup. “The biggest challenge with this festival is the wind. With LEO, the sound stays focused and in your face, without the need for delay towers.”

The main stage system provided sound for the entire 150-meter-long audience area. “Not only does that make our lives easier, but it’s also better for the audience in terms of sightlines,” says Felix Suwelack, production manager for Deichbrand.

Featuring 48 LEO-M line array loudspeakers, the main stage system was augmented by eight MICA loudspeakers spread across the stage lip. Low frequencies were handled by 30 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, while system drive and alignment was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring two Galileo 616 AES and six Galileo Callisto array processors.

The smaller Waterstage’s reinforcement system included 42 MILO loudspeakers and 32 700-HP subwoofers, while the Palastzelt stage incorporated 24 MICA loudspeakers per side, along with 18 M’elodie® line array loudspeakers. Low end was handled by 18 600-HP subwoofers and six 1100-LFC loudspeakers.

Founded in 2005 with a capacity of around 2,000, Deichbrand Festival has steadily grown in size to become one of Germany’s premiere rock festivals, attracting a devoted crowd to the coast of the North Sea year after year.

POOLgroup owns two Meyer Sound LEO systems, which have been busy supporting productions around Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia this summer, including tours by Peter Maffay and David Garrett.

Behind the scenes at Deichbrand Festival

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New York Philharmonic Presents Summer Park Concerts with Meyer Sound LEO

This summer, New York Philharmonic performed a series of five concerts in parks throughout New York City using a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. Two large shows took place on Central Park’s Great Lawn, where Meyer Sound loudspeakers covered a widely dispersed audience estimated at more than 50,000.

For the 15th consecutive summer season, both sound coordination and FOH mixing duties for the New York Philharmonic were entrusted to Larry Rock, audio director for the symphony orchestra. For Rock, a Grammy-winning veteran of hundreds of classical concerts and recordings, LEO’s debut performance raised the bar for large-scale presentation of classical music.

“It was a new experience,” says Rock. “The LEO system is very powerful—it is particularly clear and efficient in the high-frequency ranges. Also, its throw is rather astonishing. I expect we could have eliminated the first delay ring, or moved it back 50 to 100 feet.”

The main LEO system for Central Park comprised dual main arrays of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers, with 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements arranged in four cardioid arrays. System drive and alignment was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with five Galileo Callisto 616 processors.

To cover the entire audience on the expansive Great Lawn, the stage’s main LEO system was augmented by a delay system which included 18 M3D, 16 MILO®, and 26 MICA® line array loudspeakers. Twin arrays of 12-each M’elodie® line array loudspeakers provided stage side fill.

Sound Associates of Yonkers, N.Y. supplied the delay system and logistical support, with principal designer Robert Hanlon assisted by console tech David Bullard. Robert Gorton assisted Rock at FOH, and Josh Marks was head of sound.

“This is the first time I’ve ever heard a line array behave as a single, giant loudspeaker,” attests Domonic Sack, project coordinator at Sound Associates. “When you walk from front to back, you don’t hear any changes. It exhibits seamless consistency both vertically and horizontally, which is an incredible accomplishment.”

At FOH, Larry Rock mixed behind a Studer Vista 5 digital console, augmented by a Lexicon 300 reverb processor. The orchestra used MK4, MK21, and MK4V Schoeps microphone capsules, as well as several Neumann KM 184 microphones.

The first of the New York Philharmonic’s two free Central Park shows was a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief sponsored by Major League Baseball, featuring a guest appearance by Mariah Carey. Two days later, the Philharmonic presented Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

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Telluride Film Festival Celebrates 40th Season with New Meyer Sound-Equipped Theatre

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Telluride Film Festival will debut a brand new Werner Herzog Theatre for this year’s festivities in the Colorado ski town. Movie screenings at this 650-seat theatre will be heard through a cinema system from Meyer Sound, who is a festival sponsor for the third consecutive year. The 2013 Telluride Film Festival is set to run August 29 -September 2, 2013.

“The Werner Herzog Theatre is a huge achievement for Telluride Film Festival and the town of Telluride. It will be the festival’s most technologically advanced, and its sound system is of the utmost importance to us,” says Julie Huntsinger, executive director of the festival. “Meyer Sound is a leader in its industry; its sound quality and innovation is unparalleled. Working with Meyer Sound ensures the festival meets its goal of staying on the cutting-edge, and ultimately giving our audience the best film-going experience possible.”

The 7.1 surround Meyer Sound system at the Werner Herzog Theatre is anchored by three Acheron® 100 screen channel loudspeakers, each paired with an Acheron LF screen channel loudspeaker. Dolby 7.1 surround sound is provided by 22 HMS-12 cinema surround loudspeakers, controlled LFE is provided by 10 X-800C studio subwoofers, and the entire system is driven and aligned by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors.

The Werner Herzog Theatre is located inside Telluride’s Town Park Pavilion, which was recently converted from an open-air ice-skating rink. Though now permanently enclosed, the cinema space leaves a large remaining room volume behind the screen. The theatre’s X-800C subwoofers are configured in a cardioid pattern to ensure that defined low end is directed into the room, while limiting low-frequency reverberation in the empty space.

In addition, a Meyer Sound system is deployed in the Galaxy, a pristine screening room transformed from the Telluride Middle School auditorium. The system comprises two Acheron 80 and one Acheron 100 loudspeakers, three Acheron LF loudspeakers, seven X-800C subwoofers, and 20 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors provides system drive and processing.

To ensure that the festival’s presentations and panel discussions are heard clearly by the audience, Meyer Sound is providing separate reinforcement systems for each venue. The systems are anchored by MINA™ line array loudspeakers, 500-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor.

To commemorate its 40th anniversary, the Telluride Film Festival has extended this year’s program from four to five days. Operated by the National Film Preserve, Ltd., Telluride has first screened previews of Oscar-winning films including “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “The Artist.”

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Classical Crossover Violinist David Garrett Tours with Meyer Sound LEO

 Known for his boundary-crossing repertoire that includes classical arrangements of rock, pop, and punk music, violinist David Garrett recently performed a series of open-air shows across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. German production service provider POOLgroup deployed a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for the tour.

Kai Ulrich, FOH engineer for Garrett, was first attracted to LEO’s headroom, which would allow him to eliminate delay loudspeakers for many shows.

“Everything sounds so effortless with LEO,” says Ulrich. “You can really feel the headroom, even though the David Garrett show is not very loud. The first time I used the system I was actually completely overwhelmed by the sound, and I am not at all ‘brand religious.’”

David Garrett’s touring LEO system featured up to 12 LEO-M line array loudspeakers per side, along with 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. The show also used six MICA® line array loudspeakers for downfill, four UPQ-1P loudspeakers for in fill and out fill, and six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers for near fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring five Galileo Callisto 616 processors provided control and optimization.

DiGiCo SD7 mixing consoles were used at both FOH and monitors, while Garrett’s violin was run through a Lexicon PCM 90 reverberator and an SPL Frontliner valve preamp for extra warmth and texture. DPA microphones were used on all string instruments.

“The tour went extremely well, and the LEO system was a big part of that success,” says Ulrich. “It was absolutely the best choice for these shows.”

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Meyer Sound UP-4XP Helps Educate Climate Change in Venice Biennale Interactive Exhibit

At the 55th Venice Biennale in Italy, an ambitious exhibit entitled Polartide invites participants to reflect on the relationship between oil prices and rising sea levels. The interactive installation is part of the Maldives Pavilion, and relies on a Meyer Sound UP-4XP 48V loudspeaker system for sound reproduction. The exhibit is open to visitors through November 24th, 2013.

Polartide was created by new media artist Greg Niemeyer to inspire awareness of the effects of climate change on one of the Kerguelen Islands, Gan Island in the Malvides, Venice, and Reykjavík, Iceland. Using a dedicated website [www.polartide.org], Niemeyer encourages visitors to click on an interactive graph that shows sea water levels and oil stock quotes. Each click triggers synthesized sea buoy bells, which generate elaborate, ever-changing musical textures that are reproduced for Biennale visitors.

These sounds are relayed outdoors through eight weather-protected UP-4XP loudspeakers that are connected to two MPS-488HP power supplies (48V DC). Signal processing is handled by a Galileo™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors. L’Aquila, Italy-based Fox Sound supplied the system, which was purchased through Meyer Sound’s Italian distributor Linear Sound S.r.l.

“We needed tools that reproduce sound precisely and work in the rain, and the UP-4XPs have achieved both brilliantly,” says Niemeyer.

Composer Chris Chafe adds, “The loudspeakers deliver the glorious sound of the bells successfully. They have proven to be very practical, both in terms of ease of installation and overall system efficiency.”

Polartide is co-sponsored by swissnex, Pro Helvetia, and CITRIS. Rama Gottfried served as sound artist, and sound designer was Perrin Meyer.

Polartide is not the only exhibit to benefit from Meyer Sound technology at the 2013 Venice Biennale. In the French Pavilion, Anri Sala’s symphonic film installation “Ravel Ravel Unravel” uses 25 Meyer Sound loudspeakers and a D-Mitri® digital audio platform, provided by Paris-based audio provider DUSHOW. The installation comprises multiple separate performances of composer Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand,” and the use of an anechoic chamber. D-Mitri handles synchronous sound playback for three video projectors, mixing, routing, equalization, and delay.

Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is a citywide exhibition of contemporary art from around the world, highly regarded for its encouragement of experimental artistic endeavors.

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Denmark’s SOHO Lounge Installs Meyer Sound UP-4XP 48V Loudspeakers

The SOHO Lounge & Music Bar in Holbæk, Denmark has installed a versatile Meyer Sound system for musical reinforcement. Anchored by the self-powered UP-4XP 48V loudspeakers, the system was supplied and installed by Copenhagen-based PRIME A/S.

“People come to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine in the afternoon, meaning that the audio system only needs to provide low-key reinforcement during daytime hours,” says Lars Christensen, venue owner. “At at night, appearances by live bands and DJs call for something altogether more powerful. The system had to be truly multi-purpose, and I am delighted that the Meyer Sound equipment fits the bill perfectly.”

Peter Petersen, productions director for PRIME A/S, provided the venue’s main lounge space with 12 UP-4XP loudspeakers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers, two 600-HP subwoofers, and three MM-10XP 48V subwoofers. Powered by three external MPS-488HP power supplies (48V DC), the compact UP-4XP loudspeakers feature exceptional audio performance with the advantages of a self-powered system.

Elsewhere in the venue, five MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers are placed in the bathrooms and outdoor area, while one UPM-1P loudspeaker handles monitor duties in the DJ booth. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor provides control and optimization for the entire loudspeaker system.

The lounge stage uses a Midas mixer and Shure microphones, while DJ equipment includes a Pioneer DJM-900nexus digital mixer and two Pioneer CDJ-2000 digital turntables.

“We get a lot of touring bands playing here,” says Christensen. “Several of them have already pointed out that our system is one of the best they have encountered in a venue of this kind in Denmark.”

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Meyer Sound Brings New Level of Resolution to Dallas Audio Post’s Diverse Projects

Dallas Audio Post has built a new 10,500-square-foot facility from the ground up to offer world-class film, television, and multimedia sound editing and mixing. The complex features Dallas’s first Dolby-approved dub stage, with monitoring handled by a Meyer Sound cinema system based on the Acheron® 80 screen channel loudspeaker.

To support Dallas Audio Post’s wide variety of projects, Roy Machado, owner and creative director, asked that the Meyer Sound monitoring system be set up to accommodate multiple surround modes employing both the cinema “X curve” and flat equalization.

“The performance of the Meyer speakers is tremendous, and their versatility is just phenomenal,” says Machado, one of stage’s principal mixers. “It’s a joy to mix on a monitoring system that I can trust, not only for film work but also in every kind of setting. We use the room for mixing independent films, cable television programming, and live playback multimedia for major arena sporting events—the Meyer system is incredibly accurate for all those applications.”

Referred to as “the Dolby Stage,” the room was designed by Francis Manzella of Mahopac, N.Y.-based Francis Manzella Design Ltd., in consultation with Dolby. Seamlessly integrated with the room acoustics, the Meyer Sound audio system comprises three Acheron 80 screen loudspeakers, eight HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, two X-800C cinema subwoofers, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors. Dallas-based Sound Productions, Inc. supplied the monitoring system.

“I’m hearing a level of resolution that you can’t even get from mid-field monitors, which is what I’m used to working with,” states Machado. “Even though we’ve doubled or tripled the distance between my position and the monitors, I’m hearing even more detail. That is truly remarkable.”

Recent projects at Dallas Audio Post include the independent films “Unconditional” and “Sanitarium,” and the HGTV television series’ “Home Strange Home” and “Cool Pools.” The facility also supplies sound production services for live arena playback at Dallas Mavericks basketball and Dallas Stars hockey games, often involving dynamic surround mixes in a custom 11.2 format.

“I’m extremely proud of the room’s performance,” says Machado. “When you place Meyer Sound speakers in a top-notch acoustical environment, they become monitors capable of mixing anything. I would not want to move any further in my career without having Meyer Sound monitors with me.”

Roy Machado first launched Dallas Audio Post in 1994. The new, purpose-built facility is strategically located in suburban Carrollton, Tex., near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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Meyer Sound JM-1P Focuses the Fun at Hard Rock Nabq in Egypt

At the new Hard Rock Cafe Nabq in Egypt’s trendy Sharm el-Sheik resort area, a Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system combines exceptional power and precision coverage control to offer a superior guest experience. All audio systems were provided and installed by Cairo-based Modern Touch.

“The ceilings in the main room are over eight meters high at some points, and the dance floor is under a dome,” notes Magued Makram, president of Modern Touch. “It was very hard to generate the high SPLs we wanted without hitting reflective walls and the ceiling. Fortunately, the Meyer Sound JM-1P had exactly the right combination of high power, superb sonic quality, and the precise directional pattern we needed.”

The club’s main system targets the dance floor and adjacent seating areas with twin-flown clusters of three-each JM-1P loudspeakers, with four 600-HP subwoofers floor-stacked underneath. Seventeen UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers are spaced high around the room’s perimeter and in adjacent bars and seating areas, providing both main system support as well as softer music for daytime and early evening crowds. Four MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers are installed in the gift shop, while eight UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and four USW-1P subwoofers provide controlled sound on the expansive outdoor terrace.

A Galileo® loudspeaker management system employs one Galileo 616 processor for the indoor systems and one Galileo 408 processor for the outdoor loudspeakers. System installation was managed on-site by Modern Touch’s Hani Naguib.

“This installation marks a major step up in sound quality for resorts in the area,” says Naguib.

The main system’s Galileo system has three presets for tailoring signal distribution, loudspeaker levels, and EQ for live music, DJ dance music, or pre-recorded music for dining.

The 1,700-square-meter Hard Rock Cafe Nabq features the chain’s trademark collection of rock memorabilia. It offers indoor seating for up to 390, plus an outdoor terrace that seats an additional 130.

More than 177 cafés, hotels, and casinos are now operating under the Hard Rock banner in 58 countries. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Okla., features a Meyer Sound system based around MICA® line array loudspeakers in its 2,700-seat showroom, The Joint.

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From Classrooms to Stadium, Meyer Sound Brings Clarity to Texas High School

Located a few miles from Texas A&M University, the gleaming new campus of College Station, Tex.-based College Station High School features a wealth of cutting-edge AV systems. More than 130 Meyer Sound loudspeakers are installed in 14 separate systems in the school’s classrooms, athletic facilities, and main theatre. These systems were designed by Houston-based HFP Acoustical Consultants.

“There were several factors driving the selection of loudspeakers,” says Bill Schuermann, project consultant at HFP. “The school wanted consistency and musicality for the performing arts, power and clarity for the athletic systems, high intelligibility throughout, and proven long-term reliability. All that, coupled with limited space for amp racks, pointed to a Meyer Sound self-powered solution.”

The need for a linear and musical response was essential for the 500-seat main theatre and classrooms for band, choir, orchestra, drama, dance, and cheerleading. Each classroom is equipped with an identical system comprising two UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers and one MM-10 subwoofer. Student performers hear the same linear response through the main theatre’s playback system of UPM-1P loudspeakers and M1D-Sub subwoofers, while the audience experiences the consistent sonic signature through 16 M1D line array loudspeakers and four M1D-Sub subwoofers.

“These systems give students and faculty a constant, uncolored reference so that what they hear is familiar and recognizable when they transition from one space to another,” says Schuermann. “Students will hear on the stage exactly what they heard in classroom rehearsals.”

In addition, College Station’s football stadium benefits with the power of four UPQ-1P and six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers. The baseball and softball fields are equipped with identical systems of two-each UP-4XP and UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, while UPJ-1P and UPQ-1P loudspeakers are installed in the competition and secondary gyms.

“I’ve heard all the installed systems, and they sound fantastic,” says Jon Hall, director of construction services for the College Station Independent School District. “Staff and parents have been positive about the clarity and power. In my opinion, they are the best sound systems I’ve heard at any school.”

Additional Meyer Sound systems are installed in the main dining room, lobby, and the circular LGI (Large Group Instruction) classroom, which utilizes a total of 36 MM-4 loudspeakers.

Other key AV system components include Soundcraft digital consoles, Digital Projection M-Vision Cine video projectors, Stewart Filmscreen motorized screens, and Crestron controllers.

The College Station High School campus was designed by Plano, Tex.-based SHW Group with Rayce Boyter, AIA as lead architect. AV systems were integrated and installed by Covenant Communications of Houston, under the supervision of Project Manager Greg Griffin.

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