Former Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore brought his An Inconvenient Truth presentation to Reykjavik, as a guest of Iceland’s president A“lafur Ragnar GrAmsson. Gore delivered his message on environmental consciousness to an audience of nearly 1,000 people who filled the University of Iceland’s Haskolabio theater. Utmost intelligibility at the important event was entrusted to a self-powered Meyer Sound system provided by Reykjavik-based AV company, Exton.
As Exton Project Manager Ivar Ragnarsson explains, the venue was not an easy room for system designers. “The hall is rather wide and steep, and has always been a bit hard to cover with conventional speakers,”? says Ragnarsson. “M’elodie has perfect coverage for this venue. Because of its very tight focus, it’s also really great for working with lavaliers.”?
The system comprised two arrays of eight M’elodieâ„¢ line array loudspeakers. Frontfills were handled by eight MM-4XP miniature loudspeakers, the new self-powered version of the astonishing MM-4 wide-coverage miniature loudspeaker which features a faceplate of four inches square. A Galileoâ„¢ loudspeaker management system provided system drive and processing.
According to Ragnarsson, Meyer Sound’s self-powered feature enabled the crew to set up the system quickly in the presentation hall which is not only home to the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra but also serves as a movie theatre and a lecture hall for the University of Iceland. “The symphony held a rehearsal the day before,”? says Ragnarsson, “Doors opened for the event the following morning at 7:00AM, so we had a very short time to load in and tune the system. It would have been pretty much impossible to do this with any other system.”?
Ragnarsson points to the M’elodie and MM-4XP as their tools of choice in Exton’s arsenal of innovative audio tools. “We’ve used Meyer Sound equipment for many years, and the M’elodie is just a great system. I like to call it our ‘secret weapon.’ It constantly amazes me how versatile the system is, both in sound quality and in power. And the same can be said for the MM-4XP; we keep finding new uses for it every week, especially with corporate clients.”?
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