Switzerland's City Casino Basel Diversifies Programming with Meyer Sound MINA

A new permanent audio system structured around the Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker is destined to bring even greater versatility to City Casino Basel [German: Stadt-Casino Basel].

Part of Switzerland's cultural landscape since 1824, City Casino Basel

occupies two multipurpose spaces in addition to the Musiksaal, its principal
concert hall. Musiksaal regularly hosts 1,500 people with performances from
the world's leading orchestral ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic
and the London Symphony. Until recently, there was little call for sound
reinforcement because the programming was dominated by unamplified music.

In the past few years, however, interest in jazz, blues, and stand-up comedy
has grown, highlighting the inadequacies of the Musiksaal's long-serving
loudspeakers. With many touring productions bringing in their own sound
reinforcement equipment, the Musiksaal team decided that it needed a
high-quality loudspeaker system. It would serve the dual purpose of
satisfying customers and providing a new revenue stream for
Casino-Association Basel [German: Casino-Gesellschaft Basel], the non-profit
organization that operates the City Casino Basel complex.

"Yes, we could have selected a cheaper system, but if we can't rent it out
successfully then we don't really gain anything," says Casino-Gesellschaft
Basel Managing Director Thomas Koeb. "With Meyer Sound, there is a
remarkable level of international recognition. From our conversations at the
start of this search, it became clear that engineers are very happy when
they encounter a Meyer Sound PA."

Configured for optimum versatility, the Musiksaal's new system includes 20
MINA line array loudspeakers, two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers, two UPJunior
VariO loudspeakers, two UPA-1P loudspeakers, six UPM-1P loudspeakers, two
700-HP subwoofers, 16 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, and a Galileo®
loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors.

Slovenian a cappella choir Perpetuum Jazzile and Turkish music star Ferhat
Göçer are just two of the acts to have already benefited from the power and
clarity of the new Meyer Sound system. "The response from our customers and
clients has been very positive," Koeb says.

Installation was undertaken by Landau Electronic in collaboration with M&R
Multimedia Productions GmbH, which will provide ongoing maintenance and
support. A Yamaha LS9 series mixer and microphones from DPA, Shure, and
Sennheiser were also part of the upgrade.

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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