Meyer Sound CQ-2 Improves Clarity at the Musical Instrument Museum

The intimate venue now sports an all-Meyer Sound loudspeaker and monitor system.

When Ted Greenbaum became theatre manager at the Musical Instrument Museum

(MIM) in Phoenix, Ariz., he wasted no time in upgrading the sound
reinforcement system in the museum's 300-seat Music Theater. The intimate
venue now sports an all-Meyer Sound loudspeaker and monitor system.

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 Greenbaum, 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.

"The clarity and intelligibility are so much better now," Greenbaum says.
"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 VariOT loudspeaker serves as center fill to pull
the image to the center 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 GalileoR loudspeaker
management system provides drive and optimization.

"With a distributed system, the coverage and imaging are great," adds
Greenbaum. "It was right for this room."

MIM also features an Avid VENUE D-Show Mix Rack system at front of house and
an Avid C24 console in the control room.

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.

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