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Meyer Meets the Stellar Standards of Berlin's Estrel Center
The Estrel Center, Europe's biggest center for conventions, entertainment and lodging, opened in Berlin, Germany in September 1999. Comprising the Estrel Convention Center, Estrel Festival Center and Estrel Hotel, the finished complex embodies the dream of its developer, Ekkehard Streletzki: a center for "meeting, experience and living–all in one." The achievement has garnered him the coveted title of "Hotelier of the Year 2000."
Estrel Center accommodates a wide variety of events
With 14,000 square meters of space, the Estrel Convention Center, or ECC, can host up to 6,000 guests at a time for congresses, meetings and events of any kind. The main hall, Estrel Hall, is 12,912 square feet, connects through a glass bridge to 60 additional convention rooms, and also connects to the Festival Center via the spacious Foyer-I lounge. Some of the various events produced here in the past year are "Wetten, dass...?" a famous German television show; the conference of the leading federal party, SPD; the Miss and Mister Germany Contest; a boxing gala, featuring world and European champions; a WBO World Championship heavyweight contest and a meeting of investment bankers.
Flexibility was a prominent goal in the Convention Center's construction: the facility features a system of slide rails and suspended ceiling trusses, flexible wiring and a concealable lift stage. As a room's design changes, so do its sound reinforcement needs–and these are capably met by an extensive supply of Meyer Sound Self-Powered Loudspeaker Systems. The ECC's system comprises eight MSL-4s, six 650-Ps, twenty-seven UPA-1Ps and six UPM-100Ps. A total of fifty-two UPM-1Ps are installed in the hall's ceiling over the main gallery.
Sound quality must satisfy highest expectations
Connected to the Convention Center and Estrel Hotel is the Estrel Festival Center, which six nights out of seven hosts "Stars in Concert," a show paying tribute to legendary stars of the past and present. One hundred artists from all over the world perform in the show, and the sound needs vary for each performer. A system of six Meyer Sound CQ-1 full range systems; four USW-1P subwoofers; eight UPA-1P and four UPM-1P mid-high systems does the job. Sascha C. Schulze, the show's technical director, says of the challenges and Meyer's capability to meet them: "In the beginning we thought that there would be a standard of set configurations. However, every event is different and requires its very own configuration. We have numerous international productions here, and for this you need a system you can rely on. Sound engineers are always satisfied with Meyer because it always sounds excellent."
Schultz sets a high standard for his productions and does his best to satisfy each set of performers and sound crews. Praising Meyer Sound for its contribution to his efforts, Schultz explains: "We aim at an optimum cooperation with the production companies. We want our customers to feel good and to come back again. They have very different demands, and we always try to find the best solutions. Meyer Sound is part of this. The high quality of the loudspeakers and their accommodation to a variety of set-ups make it easy for us to respond to our customer's wishes. We are very satisfied with the Meyer Sound system: it's simply the best system on the market