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Meyer Sound Educates and Entertains at New Full Sail Live
Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. launched a bold new educational initiative earlier this summer with the opening of Full Sail Live, a 22,000-square-foot multi-use performance venue. At the heart of the facility's cutting-edge technology is a flexible, 65-cabinet Meyer Sound reinforcement system that can be easily reconfigured for concert, spoken word presentations, or cinema and multimedia surround applications.
For Director of Audio Programs Dana Roun, the selection of a Meyer Sound system was driven by a careful balance of technological and educational considerations. "The audio system had to be second-to-none in performance and versatility," he notes. "We had to satisfy every imaginable scenario, from full-tilt, high SPL concerts to precise acoustic music, plus guest speakers, surround visual presentations, and theatre in the round. The Meyer Sound system certainly delivers on that count.
"Educationally, the system had to lend our students a full understanding of audio system design and integration, diverse live applications, and system optimization," continues Roun. "Certainly the SIM 3 [audio analyzer] and MAPP Online Pro [acoustical prediction program] serve as a foundation for audio design and analysis. Beyond that, we needed a solid commitment to educational support, which is something Meyer Sound has clearly demonstrated."
The new Full Sail Live system is based around left-right arrays of eight-each MICA line array loudspeakers with low-end support from eight 600-HP subwoofers. Center- and front-fill systems are, respectively, five JM-1P arrayable and four UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers. The monitoring complement includes UM-1P, USM-1P, and MJF-212A stage monitors, as well as UPA-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers.
The surround setup features 15 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers and two UPQ-1P loudspeakers as rear-corner systems. The main and surround systems are driven by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with, respectively, dual and single Galileo 616 processors.
"The Galileos are key to controlling the large and distributed system," says Production Manager for Show Production Dave Arias. "We can control the main PA from FOH while monitoring everything with RMS."
Department Chair for Live Productions Dave Dean adds: "Galileo was a pleasant surprise. The Compass software is very user friendly. It was a lot of fun configuring and reconfiguring the system using these tools. Students are going to enjoy learning this system as much as I have."
Since opening in early summer, the Full Sail Live venue has hosted a variety of concerts and events, including the school's Hall of Fame Awards, a concert by the alt-electro-rock band Mutemath, a surround sound workshops by engineers from TV's "Lost" series.
Meyer Sound's relationship with Full Sail University extends back to 1988 when the school purchased a 22-cabinet system anchored by MSL-3 loudspeakers and 650-R2 subwoofers. "Those speakers are still working," states Dana Roun. "I'd say that's solid testimony for reliability and value. I expect no less from the new system."
Full Sail Live is the keystone facility of the university's new Gateway Project, a 2.2-acre landmark campus addition that also includes a studio complex for music recording and game production, an outdoor courtyard, and an expansion of the on-campus film studio backlot.