In a high-end installation like this there’s no room for error. With six-figure weddings and prestigious corporate events you can’t have excuses. And for the 27 years we’ve been using Meyer Sound products, there’s never a doubt that it will turn out perfectly. It’s peace of mind for me.”
David BrotmanDBS Audio Systems President
The new Terrain Gardens at Devon yard has quickly emerged as the prime location for upscale weddings, parties and corporate events in the Main Line suburbs west of Philadelphia. The venue’s lush, horticultural setting creates a lavish backdrop for special occasions year-round, with locally-inspired menus, signature cocktails and hand-selected wines complemented by a sonically impeccable, yet virtually invisible Meyer Sound IntelligentDC loudspeaker system.
Terrain Gardens includes three distinctive event spaces: the Reception Room, a combination of rustic charm and modern amenities available for celebrations year-round; the Garden Porch, a weather-protected space overlooking the gardens; and the Ceremony Garden, a secluded garden hideaway. Each space has its own discreet, color-matched Meyer Sound system, with each system functioning either independently or combined into one system using a Q-Sys network with iPad touchscreen control.
In the first months of operation, the venue’s premium audio capabilities already have contributed to a full calendar of bookings, according to Senior Sales Manager Brianna Alcorn.
“When I was conceptualizing with our design team on how to differentiate what we could offer, we agreed that we needed to look at the sound system in terms of both sonic performance and visual aesthetics,” she recalls. “At our other location, bands and DJs would bring in large, clunky equipment with the hassles of loading in and out, and with cords taped to the floor. We knew that for a premium event space we needed to avoid all of that. With the Meyer Sound system we have all the power and clarity we needed, but the loudspeakers are hardly noticeable. The main takeaway is that the sound system has proven to be a strong selling point for our venue.”
Director of Events Emily Smith, responsible for day-to-day operations, appreciates the combination of aesthetic invisibility and sonic intimacy. “The clarity of the spoken word, which is crucial for wedding ceremonies, is just incredible. With PA systems I’ve used in the past you would get this artificial ‘microphone’ quality, where with the Meyer Sound system it just sounds like a natural speaking voice carrying easily through the space.”
The system in the Reception Room comprises four UPJ‑1XP and eight UPJunior-XP full range loudspeakers plus two UMS-SM-XP subwoofers. This system can be instantly configured for placement of the sound origin point along any of the four walls. The covered Garden Porch utilizes six MM‑4XP miniature loudspeakers while out in the Ceremony Garden six weather-protected UP‑4XP loudspeakers disappear into the fence posts behind them. Design and installation was by Coatesville, Pennsylvania-based DBS Audio Systems under the direction of company president David Brotman.
All 26 loudspeakers employ Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, which uniquely combines the sonic advantages of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation ease of distributed low voltage systems.
The inherent flexibility of IntelligentDC contributes to the remarkable ease of use, according to Smith. “It’s very easy to set up and adjust during the event using our iPads and/or iPhone. For events with layered programming, it’s simple to toggle between one orientation for speeches back to a full room performance when the band is ready to kick in.”
Visiting bands have been similarly appreciative, she adds. “The musicians and sound techs we work with have commented on how easy it is to remote into the system and how refreshing it is to come into the space without lugging equipment across the parking lot.”
And when the musical celebration kicks into high gear, nobody is left out, according to Brianna Alcorn. “The speakers outside literally disappear into the woodwork, but you experience the same consistent quality as you hear indoors. We can really get the party started when everything is going at once.”
For David Brotman, who has been working with terrain’s parent corporation for more than 15 years, a Meyer Sound solution was the obvious choice. “In a high-end installation like this there’s no room for error,” he says. “With six-figure weddings and prestigious corporate events you can’t have excuses. And for the 27 years we’ve been using Meyer Sound products, there’s never a doubt that it will turn out perfectly. It’s peace of mind for me.”
The venue is part of an expansive Devon yard property located about 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. Devon yard is designed as a town center, offering a sense of community and bespoke dining, private event, and retail experiences from its amis, Anthropologie, BHLDN and terrain brands. Set on six acres, the grounds lend to the welcoming atmosphere with a central courtyard, seating, and picturesque landscaping.
Terrain Gardens at Devon yard is the second event venue for terrain, which currently operates seven terrain retail locations and five Terrain Cafe locations nationwide. Terrain is a division of URBN, also the parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Amis and Pizzeria Vetri.