Nashville (February 4, 2004)–Reflecting the two companies’ commitments to live sound professionals, loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound and DiGiCo, manufacturers of the D5 live digital mixing console, are opening a shared office in Nashville, TN that will focus specifically on serving the needs of the touring industry throughout North America. Located inside Nashville’s Soundcheck rehearsal facility at 750 Cowan Ave., the new office will be on display for industry members during an open house on February 6 and 7, from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
Meyer Sound’s business will be anchored there by tour liaison Buford Jones, a veteran FOH engineer whose credits include Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, James Taylor and Faith Hill. Greg McVeigh, Meyer Sound’s vice president of sales and special projects, will also be in regular attendance. Eric Wade, president of DiGiCo US, and Taidus Vallandi (technical sales) will spearhead DiGiCo’s presence at the facility.
Jones and McVeigh expect the new office at Soundcheck to boost Meyer Sound’s expanding presence in both the regional and national touring markets. “An enormous amount of music industry traffic goes in and out of Soundcheck,” Jones noted, “and keeping an office there will make personal contact with key people in the industry much easier. I’ll be setting up a network to help artists and tour management develop plans and schedules for picking up Meyer systems as needed, anywhere they’re going in the United States or Canada.”
DiGiCo national sales manager Ivan Schwartz sees a variety of ways his company will make use of the space. “The Nashville office will be a great resource for our reps and technical sales teams throughout the country,” said Schwartz. “It will allow us to give greater support to the local market, as there are a large number of artists and sound companies in the area who are operating our consoles. The facility will enable us to give private demonstrations and product training for our dealers, reps and clients.”
The spacious office will feature a permanent 5.1 surround system consisting of Meyer Sound’s self-powered UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers and a USW-1P compact subwoofer connected to a D5 Live console. The facility will have appropriate acoustical treatment and be wired with optical fibre. DiGiCo plans to install their DiGiTRACS hard disk recording system at the facility, allowing up to 56 tracks to be recorded and then auditioned through the D5 and Meyer Sound playback system at the press of a single button. Future Meyer Sound plans call for stocking sample M Series curvilinear array systems for examination and evaluation, and bringing in full touring rigs for demo sessions in Soundcheck’s larger rehearsal rooms as the occasion warrants.
Tim Chapman, Meyer Sound’s director of marketing, emphasizes that the Nashville office is continental in scope and serves a touring-specific liaison role only for Meyer Sound, with no direct sales functions. Sales will continue to be administered by Rick Coleman, Meyer Sound sales manager for the Southeastern region, from his main office in Florida.
Schwartz points out that the location is optimal for serving more than just the touring sound industry. “A significant portion of the worship market is also easily reached heading out from Nashville in any direction. That is a growing market for us, and one that deserves the more direct support this office will offer.”
For further information on the open house being held Friday and Saturday (February 6-7) of this week, contact Meyer Sound tour liaison Buford Jones at 615-268-6566.