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Meyer Sound Shines at Mohegan Sun
With a 10,000-seat arena for entertainment and sporting events, a nightly Cabaret featuring top-name performers, and numerous other special events and meetings, the Mohegan Sun gaming and entertainment complex in Uncasville, Conn., is a busy place 365 days a year. Given the quantity and variety of events, there's not a lot time for the facility's sound staff to get a show up and running, and little room for error when it comes to configuring a system for a given performance. That's why as Mohegan Sun has grown over the years, so too has their inventory of Meyer Sound gear, including the recent purchase of another 20 loudspeakers and subwoofers.
Mohegan Sun's chief sound engineer, Eugene ("Gino") Mulcahy, points to several factors that make Meyer Sound the complex's loudspeakers of choice. "I can't stress enough not only the sound but also the versatility. Plus there's the fact that the cabinets are self-contained. Then there's the ease of setup and use, and the way that the cabinets are 'bullet-proof.' In our five years of using Meyer systems, we have never had a failure. Nobody else out there is making boxes like these."
Versatility is crucial for the Mohegan Sun because outside of the Cabaret, where there is a fixed Meyer Sound installation, the rest of the facility's sound systems float depending on the need. "Our Meyer systems are used in various locations," Mulcahy says, "such as our ballroom, our rooftops, and all throughout the casino for numerous events." That means the components must perform well for vastly different types of amplified content, in rooms with unique characteristics, and in a variety of different combinations.
The floating portion of the complex's Meyer Sound inventory consists of 16 MSL-4 horn-loaded long-throw loudspeakers, eight 650P high-power subwoofers, 12 UPA-1P compact wide coverage loudspeakers, and 16 M1D ultra-compact curvilinear array loudspeakers. The system was designed so that the MSL-4s along with the 650Ps could be used as a stand-alone PA, or as stage side-fill, offstage fill, and for many other tasks. "The M1Ds have also been used for jobs from a stand-alone PA to side fills and also front fills," Mulcahy explains. "We can throw anything at these cabinets; they're all so versatile. I call them the 'Swiss Army knives of audio.'"
Mulcahy adds that "having the advantage of being self-powered was another big selling point. What's beautiful is that it's all in one box. You plug it in and it goes."
The Cabaret system, meanwhile, was "designed to accommodate the many Broadway-style acts," Mulcahy says. "The system is configured with left, right, and center front fills and two delay zones. The inner and outer prosceniums each consist of two CQ-1s (wide coverage loudspeakers). The center cluster consists of one DS-4P (horn-loaded mid-bass loudspeaker) in the middle of two MSL-4s. And the four delay cabinets are UPA-1s. The system is hung high, but the Meyer cabinets work well because of ample coverage. You point it, it works."
Top priorities for the Cabaret system design included not only sound quality but also consistency. "Top-level acts perform weekly in the Cabaret," Mulcahy says. "It's a 300-seat venue with a 0.4 decay — a real clean room, like a sound stage. So with our quality sound system, it's hi-fi. The artists come in and say, 'This is how it's supposed to be.'"
Beyond sound quality, Mulcahy says, the Cabaret's many artists feel comfortable with the Meyer Sound system because they are used to it from other high-end venues. "It's standard on Broadway, because it's always consistent. You know what you're getting. That's why it's so widely accepted by performers. Nobody balks at using Meyer. We've had no complaints at all; the response to the system has been nothing but stellar."