Two nearly identical venues have become the first theatres in Canada to be equipped with Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement systems.
Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (NAJA) and Calgary’s Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (SAJA) selected LYON as they looked to upgrade from their trusty M2D line array loudspeakers, a decision made jointly by Mark Belkie and Paul Schmitz, technical coordinators for audio at SAJA and NAJA, respectively.
“In our extensive listening and assessment process, LYON set the benchmark that all other competing loudspeakers had to meet or exceed, and none could do so,” reported Belkie. “We’ve found that LYON is a significant step forward in terms of clean and effortless SPL, giving us systems that can easily handle the requirements of anyone coming into our venue, including aggressive rock acts.”
Schmitz cited LYON’s balanced and linear response.
“The high frequencies are smooth, and throw clearly to the back of the second balcony,” he added. “Also, the midrange response is outstanding. On first listen we were immediately impressed with the quality of the vocal range, and the snares, toms, and guitar tones sound fuller and more realistic.”
The upgrade for both auditoriums included 22 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers and six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Six-each MINA and M’elodie line array loudspeakers were installed as centre downfill clusters in SAJA and NAJA, respectively. For system drive and optimisation, two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors were added to each theatre¹s existing Galileo loudspeaker management systems. The systems were supplied by Allstar Show Industries of Calgary and Edmonton, with integration and installation by technical staff at the respective auditoriums.
“LYON has an exceptionally flat phase response and integrates beautifully with the existing Meyer Sound loudspeakers that remain in our systems,” noted Belkie.
Other Meyer Sound loudspeakers deployed at the auditoriums include UPQ-1P and M1D line array loudspeakers and 700-HP subwoofers, in addition to MJF-210, MJF-212A, UM-100P, and UM-1P stage monitors. SAJA also uses CQ-1, UPJ-1P VariO, and UPM-1P loudspeakers, while NAJA uses M3D-Sub directional subwoofers.
Both locations also have a SIM 3 audio analyser permanently in-house.