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Peter Hylenski Uses Meyer Sound for Praised Motown Musical Sound Design

To accurately transmit music originally created by Motown music legends, sound designer Peter Hylenski has installed Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers for the new Broadway show "Motown: The Musical".

The sound of Motown has received rave reviews from critics. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune describes the show’s run at the 1,505-capacity Lunt-Fontanne Theatre as featuring “a top-tier sound system that far exceeds what you usually get on Broadway.”

Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post has said: “All are bolstered by Peter Hylenski’s excellent sound design, a rarity on Broadway. Loud but crisp, it’s a perfect match for the large orchestra’s explosive brass and driving rhythms.”

According to Peter, the sound design for Motown brought interesting challenges. 

He said: “The Lunt is a nice theatre, but is acoustically not the most friendly for a show like Motown. I had to pay careful attention to zoning, allowing maximum flexibility for adjustment of level and tonality using many smaller Meyer Sound loudspeakers. Also, we had a very flexible output structure using D-Mitri—the heart of the system—and Galileo.”

The main Meyer Sound system includes front arrays of 14-each M’elodie line array loudspeakers, a center cluster of six UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers, and four 700-HP subwoofers. An total of 48 additional UPJ-1P and UPJunior, VariO loudspeakers and UP-4XP, UPM-1P, and UPA-1P loudspeakers are deployed in delay, fill and surround systems, along with six additional 500-HP and M1D-Sub subwoofers.

A D-Mitri digital audio platform is used for signal processing, distribution, and show control, comprising two core processors and seven I-O frames. System drive is supplied by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors. Keith Caggiano assisted in system design and logistics, and the complete reinforcement system was supplied by PRG Audio.

“I’d imagined giving the show a dynamic, visceral sound,” he remarks. “And I knew that the power and control of M’elodie was just what I needed, and in a small package.” Peter Hylenski concluded.





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