A Meyer Sound Milo PA brought the teachings of the Dalai Lama to thousands at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium this past spring in San Francisco. San Francisco (August 17, 2007)–The Dalai Lama visited San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in late spring to give two days of teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa’s text In Praise of Dependent Origination, reaching more than 10,000 people through a powerful Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker system.
The Gyuto Vajrayana Center, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in San Jose, CA, and its founder, Venerable Thupten Donyo, played an integral role in organizing the event. Pro Media/UltraSound of Hercules, CA provided the Meyer Sound system, while Mike Brady, a systems engineer for the company, teamed with Meyer Sound associate, sound designer Dave Dennison, to handle audio-visual coordination and stage management. Brady and freelance engineer Howard Danchik handled FOH duties for the event.
The Meyer Sound system comprised a center cluster of three arrays of 10 Milo high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers. A total of eight M1D ultracompact curvilinear array loudspeakers were used for frontfill, while a pair of legacy, unpowered MSL-2A reinforcement loudspeakers sat on stage. A Galileo loudspeaker management system drove the system in a venue known for its challenging acoustics.
“Speech intelligibility was the best I’ve ever heard in that venue,” said Dennison, who acted as technical director for the event, “and the performance of the system certainly complemented the noble intention of the teachings. All in all, the Milo system worked exceptionally well, and system alignment was quick and painless.”
Meyer Sound has had a close relationship with the Gyuto Vajrayana Center for more than a decade. The Berkeley, CA-based company has provided technical and audio resources for many of the Gyuto Monks’ U.S. tours, as well as a sound system installed in their headquarters in India. Preceding their 2007 U.S. tour, the Gyuto Monks visited the Meyer Sound factory and conducted a ceremonial blessing.
“Being in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a striking experience,” says Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound. “While his message is powerful, he is a soft-spoken man, so it was fulfilling to hear his teachings come through the Milo system clearly and know that people could hear what he had to say.”