Patrons appreciate the superlative music and voice reproduction provided by Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers
Consistent audio quality is the rule at the Lied Center of Kansas, the
Whether attending a headliner concert in the 2,000-seat theatre, an evening
of acoustic folk music in the new pavilion, or an outdoor social event on
the adjoining terrace, patrons appreciate the superlative music and voice
reproduction provided by Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.
The newest addition of Meyer Sound equipment was installed in the facility's
new education pavilion. A flexible open space hosting a broad range of
events-pre-and post-performance discussions, lectures, master classes, and
intimate musical performances-the roughly 200-person capacity pavilion
presented an acoustical challenge to the system designer and integrator,
Kent Clasen of Lawrence-based MSM Systems. He resolved the issue by
implementing dual Meyer Sound UPJ-1P VariOT loudspeakers.
"The room is extremely live with hardwood floors and two glass walls,"
Clasen says. "Other wall and ceiling surfaces are set at angles, so mounting
architectural columns-our initial plan-would appear awkward. Fortunately,
the UPJ-1P loudspeakers gave us precise control to keep sounds properly
focused. We're also getting excellent intelligibility and wider bandwidth
for music, and the architects are happy with the look thanks to the
The pavilion's system also includes a recessed 500-HP subwoofer for
low-frequency extension. "The sub is primarily used for full-bandwidth
reproduction of video soundtracks," Clasen says, "but it's also handy for
something like acoustic bass in a jazz band."
Rounding out the system, two additional UPJ-1P loudspeakers are adaptable
for pole mounting, connection to outputs for the adjoining terrace, or for
use elsewhere in the building. "We've used them a lot for effects and
monitoring," notes Doug Wendel, associate director of Lied Center of Kansas.
"They sound wonderful, and you can do just about anything with them."
The recent pavilion setup follows an earlier Meyer Sound installation for
the main theatre. Comprising eight CQ-2 main loudspeakers, two 650-P
subwoofers, and four UPM-1P loudspeakers for front fills, the system lends
optimum audio support to the wide variety of jazz, pop, world music, and
spoken-word performances in the main venue.
"The sound of that system is just amazing," Wendel says. "Kent did a great
job of tuning it, and the coverage is seamless. We just had a Mongolian
contemporary music ensemble in here, and once again the sound was absolutely
Lied Center of Kansas opened in 1993 and was made possible by generous
support from the Lied Foundation Trust based in Las Vegas, Nev. Its diverse
programming includes performances by University of Kansas music ensembles,
as well as touring Broadway shows, humor and spoken word presentations, and
concerts encompassing a range of pop, jazz, classical, and ethnic/world
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world.