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Meyer Sound CQ-2 Improves Clarity at Musical Instrument Museum

13 May 2013

The Musical Instrument Museum now sports an all-Meyer Sound loudspeaker and monitor system.

When Ted Greenbaum became theatre manager at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., he wasted no time in upgrading the sound reinforcement system in the museum’s 300-seat music theatre.

The brainchild of former Target CEO Bob Ulrich, MIM houses more than 15,000 instruments from around 200 countries and territories around the world, many of which were used in folk and tribal settings.

According to Ted, improving the sound system’s imaging and coverage was one of his first priorities. A Meyer Sound solution was recommended by Lowell Pickett, MIM Music Theater’s artistic director, who had previously worked with Meyer Sound as a co-owner at Minneapolis’s Dakota jazz club.

Ted commented: “The clarity and intelligibility are so much better now. The difference between the way it sounded before and now is remarkable, and people have been commenting on it.”

The theatre deploys a distributed system using two Meyer Sound CQ-2 loudspeakers for main left and right, while two USW-1P subwoofers handle the low frequencies. A UPJ-1P VariO loudspeaker serves as centre fill to pull the image to the centre with the CQ-2 loudspeakers.

Two more UPJ-1P loudspeakers cover the back of the theatre, while five MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers are used for front fill. Two additional MM4-XP loudspeakers and one UP-4XP 48 V loudspeaker are used to cover side and rear balconies, respectively.

In addition, six more UPJ-1P loudspeakers serve as stage monitors, and a third CQ-2 is used as a drum monitor, while a Galileo loudspeaker management system provides drive and optimisation.

“With a distributed system, the coverage and imaging are great,” added Greenbaum. “It was right for this room.”





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