|"Yes, we could have selected a cheaper system, but if we
can't rent it out successfully then we don't really gain anything. With Meyer
Sound, there is a remarkable level of international recognition."
- Thomas Koeb
Managing Director, Casino-Gesellschaft Basel
A new permanent audio system structured around the Meyer Sound MINA line
array loudspeaker is destined to bring even greater versatility to City Casino
Basel [German: Stadt-Casino Basel].
Part of Switzerland's cultural landscape since 1824, City Casino Basel
occupies two multipurpose spaces in addition to the Musiksaal, its principal concert hall. Musiksaal regularly
hosts 1,500 people with performances from the world's leading orchestral
ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony. Until
recently, there was little call for sound reinforcement because the programming
was dominated by unamplified music.
In the past few years, however, interest in jazz, blues, and stand-up comedy
has grown, highlighting the inadequacies of the Musiksaal's long-serving
loudspeakers. With many touring productions bringing in their own sound
reinforcement equipment, the Musiksaal team decided that it needed a
high-quality loudspeaker system. It would serve the dual purpose of satisfying
customers and providing a new revenue stream for Casino-Association
Basel [German: Casino-Gesellschaft Basel], the non-profit organization that
operates the City Casino Basel complex.
"Yes, we could have selected a cheaper system, but if we can't rent it out
successfully then we don't really gain anything," says Casino-Gesellschaft Basel
Managing Director Thomas Koeb. "With Meyer Sound, there is a remarkable level of
international recognition. From our conversations at the start of this search,
it became clear that engineers are very happy when they encounter a Meyer Sound
Configured for optimum versatility, the Musiksaal's new system includes 20
MINA line array loudspeakers, two UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers, two UPJunior VariO
loudspeakers, two UPA-1P loudspeakers, six UPM-1P loudspeakers, two 700-HP
subwoofers, 16 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker
management system with two Galileo 616 processors.
Slovenian a cappella choir Perpetuum Jazzile and Turkish music star Ferhat Göçer are just
two of the acts to have already benefited from the power and clarity of the new
Meyer Sound system. "The response from our customers and clients has been very
positive," Koeb says.
Installation was undertaken by Landau Electronic in collaboration with M&R
Multimedia Productions GmbH, which will provide ongoing maintenance and
support. A Yamaha LS9 series mixer and microphones from DPA, Shure, and
Sennheiser were also part of the upgrade.