Atlantic City, NJ (March 12, 2007)–The Pier at Caesars is a shopping mall with a four-story atrium at the end that surrounds performing fountains. The watery area presents the world’s largest indoor fountain presentation within a retail environment daily with an audio system built around Meyer Sound’s Matrix3 audio show control system and self-powered loudspeakers.
The fountains at The Pier at Ceasars are choreographed to music from a Meyer Sound PA system.The Show was developed by Burbank, CA-based Thinkwell Design and Production. “Our goal was to produce a design for this show that would relate directly to its environment,” said Thinkwell’s chief creative officer, Craig Hanna, who notes that the company spent four years designing the fountains.
The show’s audio system is the creation of Thinkwell associate sound designer Vikram Kirby and international award-winning sound designer and Thinkwell CFO/Executive Producer Francois Bergeron, whose credits include Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, Saltimbanco and Quidam tours, and long-running shows La Nouba in Orlando and O at Las Vegas’s Bellagio.
Bergeron and Kirby made use of Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software in planning the system’s coverage patterns, and their eventual design featured a center cluster of 11 M2D compact curvilinear array loudspeakers and six PSW-2 high-power flyable subwoofers, all weather protected and hung inside a “rain curtain.” The system is monitored by Meyer Sound’s RMS remote monitoring system.
“The greatest difficulty in designing the system was the room acoustics,” Kirby said, “combined with the fact that the audience is on all sides of the pool, like an arena. Because of this, we had to manage the coverage of each individual speaker as much as possible; any excessive reflections would really impair the coherence of the system as a whole. The M2Ds worked out great because they have such a controlled vertical coverage pattern. Although we have eleven of them, we’re not actually using the speakers in a traditional line array configuration. Their independent coverage angles simply match the needs of this unique design.”
Programming for the show’s playback material was created using Apple Logic Pro, and playback is streamed via a 16-channel RME Fireface 800 interface to the Matrix3.