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Bass Performance Hall Achieves Clarity with Meyer Sound System Page 1 of 3

Bass Performance Hall Achieves Clarity with Meyer Sound System

Home to the Fort Worth Symphony, Opera and Ballet, the Bass
PHOTOGRAPHS Performance Hall is a world-class symphonic venue that has FEATURED
also become the destination of choice for touring acts of all PRODUCTS
kinds, from Broadway and Bluegrass to Jazz and Rock. The key
to the hall's versatility is the sound reinforcement system from MSL-6
Meyer Sound that accommodates music of all genres,
delivering crystal clear reproduction to every seat in the house.
MSL-4

Doug Kirk, Assistant Technical Director at Bass Hall, oversees


audio production for every event at the facility. "The hall was DS-4P
designed and built to enhance un-reinforced acoustic music,
and that's a job it does extremely well," he related. "The MSL-2A
massive vertical scale of the hall, its dome at the top and its
long, narrow balconies are characteristic of such designs, and
650-P
lend warmth and ambience to an acoustic performance. These
same features, however, can present challenges when "We were extremely gratified that Dave Lawler was
amplification is introduced, especially regarding clarity and able to accommodate our architectural requirements UPM-1P
intelligibility." without compromising the quality of the sound.
Sometimes the speakers go up and down more than
SIM System
a dozen times a month. Meyer Sound gear is very
Dave Lawler, principal of Docktrdave Audio, Inc., designed and II
easy to work with when it comes to rigging."
supervised the installation of the Meyer Sound system, and
used the Meyer Sound SIM® System II FFT Analyzer to align
and tune it. "Our goal for Bass Hall was to provide a system Doug Kirk,
that could reproduce any type of music or speech, and have it Assistant Technical Director
be heard clearly everywhere in the room," Lawler said. "It also Bass Hall
needed to have enough power to handle all kinds of touring
acts, but still be fairly unobtrusive in the space."

The house system at Bass Hall includes two clusters flown on each side of the hall, each consisting of two self-powered
MSL-6 Horn-Loaded High-Q Main loudspeakers, four self-powered MSL-4 Horn-Loaded Long-Throw loudspeakers, four
self-powered DS-4P Horn-Loaded Mid-Bass loudspeakers, and two MSL-2As. In addition, two self-powered 650-P High-
Power subwoofers and two additional MSL-2As are placed on each side of the stage. There is an additional subwoofer in
the upper tech box, and six self-powered UPM-1P Ultra-Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers are positioned across the
lip of the stage for front fill.

The Meyer Sound system met the requirements for visual appeal, ease of rigging and the ability to reconfigure the
system to suite the varying requirements of all the different genres Bass Hall presents. "We were extremely gratified that

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Dave Lawler was able to accommodate our architectural requirements without compromising the quality of the sound,"
Kirk recalled. "Sometimes the speakers go up and down more than a dozen times a month. Meyer Sound gear is very
easy to work with when it comes to rigging."

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