The new system – replacing a previous specification centred around MSL-3s – features eight M’elodies per side flown at the proscenium, with bass augmented by two 600-HP subwoofers. Two M1D line array loudspeakers are spaced singly along the stage lip for front-fill. New equipment on stage includes four new MJF-212A stage monitors, two 600-HP subwoofers and two ‘loose’ M’elodies, supplementing an existing stock of 16 legacy UM-1 and two USM-1P stage monitors. Processing and signal distribution for the arrays, subs and fills is overseen by a Galileo loudspeaker management system.
Brad Berger, associate director of production at Berklee College of Music, told II: “We compared several products for the upgrade. We had the Nexos in here, and JBL was after me to put in VerTec. We also listened to EAW. But I’ve always been a Meyer fan. I appreciate the company attitude, product support, and what goes behind it. When we did a demo with the Meyer Sound M’elodies, we almost didn’t listen to live music with them, but in the end we did because I had to convince the people paying the bills that it would actually do better than the MSL-3s. They were of course very pleased with the M’elodies.”
The audio revamp was supplied by Boston-based AVFX and designed jointly by Berger and Meyer Sound Design Services using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software. Installation was handled by Berklee’s own production team.