Minneapolis, MN (November 19, 2012)—The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis incorporated a new Meyer Sound system into its renovated 332-seat cinema, and introduced the system to filmgoers during a special showing of the independent feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
“The sound of the Meyer Sound system is fantastic,” says Sheryl Mousley, senior curator of film/video at the Walker Art Center. “Beasts was the perfect film to experience it with, as the quiet voice of the six-year-old main character held ground against the music and varying location sounds. I’ve since heard action film soundtracks on it, but this small indie film showcased how the Meyer Sound system ideally complements all contributors to sound design, including location sound recordists, sound mixers, and music composers.”
The complete self-powered Meyer Sound system at the Walker Cinema is designed and commissioned to SMPTE standards. The equipment comprises Acheron screen channel loudspeakers, X-800C cinema subwoofers, and HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, all optimized and driven by a Galileo loudspeaker management system.
The cinema auditorium isn't the only Meyer Sound installation in the venue. “We already had a UPA-1P system in our McGuire Theater, and I was personally familiar with the quality of Meyer from my 20 years of experience in theatre technology,” says Ben Geffen, associate director of events and media production and supervisor of the renovation project. “Also, after Mousley heard Meyer Sound at last year's Telluride Film Festival, the decision was a no-brainer.”