Meyer Sound Constellation Helps Texas Mansfield Arts Center Combine Several Halls into One

Ideal acoustics for its varying room configurations and programs

Meyer Sound Constellation Helps Mansfield Performing Arts Center Combine

Several Halls into One When planning its new performing arts centre, the
Mansfield, Tex., school district faced a dilemma. Though it was determined
that both a large auditorium and a smaller performance hall would be ideal
for its range of events, their budget could not justify building and
maintaining multiple spaces. A solution was soon found in the multi-use
Cunningham Performance Hall of the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing
Arts, which utilizes a Meyer Sound ConstellationR acoustic system to provide
the ideal acoustics for its varying room configurations and programs.

While the performance hall holds 5,500 in its open configuration (mainly to
accommodate graduations), seating is reduced to 4,200 when moveable walls
slide out to form twin 650-seat lecture halls on each side, and reduced
further to 1,800 when a thick acoustical curtain closes off the balcony for
concerts. However, the 1.3 seconds of reverberation time resulting from the
curtain makes the room too dry to support unamplified concerts such as
orchestra and choir.

To solve this issue, BAi, LLC of Austin, Principal and President Charles
Bonner and Acoustician Andrew Miller encouraged Dr. Russell Sanders, the
district's director of fine arts, to experience the Constellation system at
nearby Temple High School.

"I was astonished," says Sanders. "The system created a transparent and
supportive acoustical environment throughout the performance hall."

The Cunningham Performance Hall's Constellation system is built around a
core D-MitriR digital audio platform with eight processing frames, including
three processors for hosting the patented VRASR algorithms. Two dozen
microphones distributed on stage and around the hall pick up the stage and
room's acoustics, and the DVRAS processors produce augmented early
reflections and reverberations that are delivered by 95 Meyer Sound
self-powered loudspeakers and subwoofers. Eleven different acoustical
presets of varying reverberation times are available on a touchscreen

"There is absolutely no way we could use this space for live musical
performances without the Constellation system," Sanders adds. "The acoustics
created by Constellation give kids the experience of performing in a
world-class facility. In addition, the technology allows us to fine-tune the
natural acoustical environment to suit whatever we are doing in the space."

The new hall now serves as a concert venue for dozens of school programs and
high-profile community events, including a major church-sponsored program
and a recent fundraising concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

The Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts was designed by Huckabee
architectural firm of Fort Worth. In addition, Infinity Sound of Grand
Prairie handled system integration for the centre's AV systems, including

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. Meyer Sound is a registered
trademark of Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.

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