HOLLAND/SPAIN: The first European installation of Meyer Sound's Constellation electroacoustic architecture was in the spotlight at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) exhibition in Amsterdam last week. The historic project took place in a 1,400-seat auditorium at Laboral University near Gijon, Spain, reports David Davies.
Installed by Viella-based AV contractor Tecesa s.l. with support from Meyer Sound Spain, the new system encompasses MS-Constellation and MS-VRAS processors, along with Constellation microphones that are used to capture early reflections and the reverberant field. The resulting signals are processed and routed to self-powered loudspeakers mounted discreetly throughout the auditorium.
The main Meyer Sound reinforcement system is based around left and right arrays of nine M'elodie array loudspeakers, with a pair of UPA-1Ps employed as a centre cluster. Front-fill is supplied by six UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, augmented by an equal number of 600-HP subs. A separate cinema system utilises three CQ-1 and three DS-4P loudspeakers, two 600-HP subs and, for surround sound purposes, a dozen UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers split between the orchestra and balcony levels.
The Constellation part of the venue's new audio system was designed by the Meyer Sound Constellation team, which includes project director John Pellowe. A renowned classical recording engineer who enjoyed a long association with Luciano Pavarotti and the Three Tenors, Pellowe appeared at ISE to discuss his eventful career and the development of Constellation.
"I started off working with a record company, Decca, then became involved with Pavarotti and the Three Tenors, and I think that I have now stepped up again with Meyer," he told delegates. "The company is devoted to quality and service."
Part of Meyer Sound's LCS Series of digital audio products, the Constellation solution - intended to be designed "from the ground up" in every case - is based upon the company's patented VRAS technology and is said to combine rigorous design, calibration and certification with a flexible hardware and software package. While Meyer does not actually carry out the installation work, the specification of a Constellation system is accompanied by an acoustical design service and supplier training.
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