The new Meyer Sound system at the Beverly Hilton is in a left-center-right configuration; with five Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeakers flown left and right, and four M'elodie line array loudspeakers in the center. Two MSL-4 loudspeakers cover sidefill duties, and a pair of UPA-1P loudspeakers fills outer areas. Three UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers supply delay reinforcement, while four 700-HP subwoofers are built into the stage wall, two at each end of the stage, to supply sub-bass.
The impetus for installing a high-end sound system from Meyer Sound came from AVT Event Technology, the highly creative on-site AV production company which services all of the hotel's in-house production needs. "For a long time, any performer who played here brought in their own system, because the house PA was pretty inadequate," says Billy Thornton, AVT's event production manager. "So, we've had the opportunity to hear a lot of different systems in this room, and nothing has sounded as good as the MICA."
The ballroom is reasonably wide but not especially deep, which presented an acoustical conundrum for dbIS. "The challenge was to find a line array that could provide clarity without being too overpowering for the relatively short throw," says dbIS President James Wicker. Considering that the room's ceiling height measures only 19 feet at its highest point, choosing the appropriate line array became even more critical. "The MICA and M'elodie combination made an ideal choice," Wicker states. "It delivers a high degree of clarity, intelligibility, and musicality in a relatively small package."
The ballroom also required a system that could be used in a variety of configurations, in order to meet the venue's diverse entertainment and events schedule. "No two events are the same, so accommodating a wide range of production needs was a major part of the design phase," says Wicker. To meet these requirements, Wicker and his team put a Galileo(tm) loudspeaker management system under the control of a Crestron touch panel to make reconfiguration of the system easy. DbIS then installed digital tie lines for audio and video, as well as six strands of multimode fiber optic and data cabling, providing data throughput of up to 1 Gigabit per second.