Paris, France (March 17, 2006)–Leading French audio provider and Meyer Sound’s French distributor, Best Audio, has replaced an aging sound system at the studios of French broadcaster RTL. The studios, which regularly play host to talk shows and live on-air performances, have hosted artists ranging from Lenny Kravitz and the Scorpions to Black Eyed Peas and Marcus Miller.
The main studio system comprises a main distributed system of seven UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers, plus two CQ-1 wide coverage main loudspeakers and six UPM-1P ultra-compact wide coverage loudspeakers for the surround fill. A pair of 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers supply low-frequency content, while eight MM-4 miniature wide range loudspeakers cover the under-balcony area. Two more UPJ-1P cabinets are used as monitors at the FOH mix position. Several of the facility’s smaller studios are running systems based around UPM-1P ultra-compact wide coverage loudspeakers and UPA-1P compact wide coverage loudspeakers.
“In the end, the Meyer system was an easy choice,” remarked Philippe Magniez, RTL’s chief engineer. “There’s a wide range of products to choose from, and they all have a consistent and dependable sound, so we didn’t need to do a lot of work to make the system sound good. Using MAPP Online Pro (acoustical prediction software) to plan the installation saved us a lot of time and guesswork, and Meyer’s self-powered solution made the entire job quick and painless. [The use of self-powered loudspeakers] will make future upgrades that much simpler as well. And we love the sound of the 700-HP’s!”
RTL was France’s first radio and television group, founded in September 1933. The network produces some 30 radio and television programs and runs three of the country’s top radio stations: RTL (classic rock), RTL2 (pop rock) and FunRadio (for younger audiences).
Magniez also gives high marks to Best Audio’s installation and support. “They did a highly professional job in planning and installing the system, even in the face of an ever-changing timeline.”