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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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Meyer Sound CAL Targets Spectators at Qatar Tennis Stadium

A new steerable Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeaker system has markedly improved speech and music clarity for fans at the central court of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar. Completed just in time for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the system was installed and commissioned by Doha-based Al Tamyoz Business Group.

“The new distributed system, with a single CAL 64 firing downward from the top of each spectator tribune, not only offers better coverage and greatly improved intelligibility, but has also practically eliminated any unwanted echoes,” says Vijay Kumar, technical manager for Al Tamyoz, the project’s system integrator.

Mounted on flagpoles and tilted downward at a 15-degree angle, the three slender CAL 64 loudspeakers blend discreetly into the contemporary, angular architecture of the outdoor stadium. To keep the sound focused on the audience, each CAL loudspeaker is set up to tailor down-tilt and vertical beam spread, aiming specifically at seating areas and avoiding reflective surfaces.

To supplement coverage in the stadium’s far corners and VIP boxes, the system incorporates 16 UPM-1XP and 7 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and alignment.

The complete system renovation also includes a Yamaha 01V96 digital mixing console and a Sennheiser ew 300 G2 wireless monitoring system.

The Khalifa Tennis Stadium installation was the first Meyer Sound project for Al Tamyoz. “The professionalism and mutual support demonstrated by both companies surely will open the doors to many new opportunities in the future,” says Soy Philip, general manager of Al Tamyoz.

Owned and operated by the Qatar Tennis Federation, the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex was inaugurated in 1992 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The stadium was renovated and enlarged in 2008 from a capacity of 4,500 to 7,000.

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Sound Designer Tony Meola: Meyer Sound Constellation Adds Dimension to Wicked in Mexico

Mexico City’s Teatro Telcel is hosting the first Spanish adaptation of the musical Wicked, with a record-breaking 50,000 tickets sold in its first five weeks. As with eight other Wicked productions worldwide, renowned Broadway sound designer Tony Meola has chosen Meyer Sound as the audio foundation, this time including Mexico’s first Constellation® acoustic system.

“Constellation works amazingly well with amplified musicals in houses like Teatro Telcel,” observes Meola. “Amplified sound in a dead acoustical environment makes it sound like the room doesn’t have any dimension to it. But with Constellation, all of a sudden the sound is given dimension, and everything sounds much more real. I was surprised when I heard the effect, and I imagine it would be very welcome in many of the road houses where Wicked tours will play well into the future.”

To ensure Teatro Telcel would accommodate events ranging from symphonic concerts and operas to hard rock shows and Broadway musicals, the architects specified a dry baseline acoustic signature so it could be augmented as needed through Constellation’s acoustical adaptability. The heart of Constellation is a D-Mitri® digital audio platform with 20 modules and 57 ambient sensing microphones. After the patented VRAS™ acoustical algorithms are applied, sound is distributed to the system of 114 Stella-4 and 18 Stella-8 installation loudspeakers, 48 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers, 38 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, 13 UPJunior™ loudspeakers, and 24 MM-10XP 48 V subwoofers. The Constellation system was installed by Naucalpan de Juárez-based Teletec.

“The effect of Constellation is remarkable,” says Meola. “In final rehearsals for Wicked, when we had the system off, the associate director commented that ‘It sounds very canned.’ We turned on Constellation, and I never heard that comment again.”

For sound reinforcement, Meola has specified main line arrays of 20 MINA™ and 22 M1D line array loudspeakers each, as well as six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers and seven UPA-1P, nine UPJunior, nine UPM-1P, 16 UPM-2P, and 52 MM-4 loudspeakers. Four 700-HP and two 600-HP subwoofers provide low end, while system drive and optimization are provided by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with five Galileo 616 processors.

PRG (Production Resource Group) Mexico provided and installed the sound reinforcement system, in conjunction with the technical crew of OCESA. OCESA, Mexico’s leading theatrical and concert promotion organization, operates Teatro Telcel.

Meola points out that Meyer Sound systems have been a constant in the design of the Wicked franchise, and have made a significant contribution to its storied success. “There’s never been a time when I was unhappy with what I was hearing from the loudspeakers,” he says. “We’ve made major changes in consoles and radio mics in step with technology, but the base Meyer system continues as the foundation of the show’s sound.”

Located in Mexico City’s trendy Polanco district, Teatro Telcel was conceptualized by famed Spanish architect Antón García-Abril and executed by Mexican architect José De Arimatea Moyao.

Wicked currently boasts nine resident and touring productions worldwide, presented in six languages. It has broken numerous box-office records on Broadway, and on national and international tours.

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