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Meyer Sound Constellation Expands Realms of Musical Expression at UCSD's New Music Center

加州大学圣地亚哥分校新音乐中心应用Meyersound Constellation可变混响系统

At the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the recent opening of the $53 million Conrad Prebys Music Center unveiled a futuristic complex where digital technology meets emerging forms of musical expression. Under one roof, carefully designed acoustical spaces are combined with Meyer Sound's leading-edge audio technology, including Constellation electroacoustic architecture, to provide students with an innovative performance and rehearsal environment to complement the school's distinguished education program in new music.

最近在加州大学圣地亚哥分校耗资5300万美元的康拉德.普利贝斯音乐中心开幕式上,解开了一个富有未来主义色彩场所的神秘面纱。在这里,数字化的技术与不断涌现的音乐表现形式在这里交汇。在这间房间里,经过仔细设计的声学空间与Meyer sound领先优势的音频技术相结合,包括Constellation电子建筑声学系统,为学生提供了创新的表演和排练场场所,从而为学校久负盛名的音乐教程开启了新的模式。

A domed mosaic of polygons already winning praise for its exceptional acoustics, the Cyril Harris-designed concert hall?equipped with a Meyer Sound surround system?is considered by most as the architectural centerpiece. But for composers and performers who wish to select the optimal acoustical environment for different types of presentations, the spotlight shifts to the 150-seat Experimental Theatre, where Constellation adds adaptable sonic spaces to the palette of musical creativity.

西里尔.哈里斯设计的音乐厅,配备了Meyer sound的环绕声系统,一个球顶式多边马赛克已经赢得了卓越声学的称赞-被认为是建筑的核心部分。但是对于希望选择最理想的声学环境来进行不同类型表演的作曲家和表演家来说,他们关注的焦点转移到了150 座的实验剧场,在这里Constellation系统为音乐的创作添加了可贵的一笔-适应性超强的声学空间。

"We decided early on that the Experimental Theater should have variable acoustics to allow a greater scope for musical expression," says Peter Otto, the school's director of music technology. "Our building committee evaluated both physical systems and several electronic systems. In the end, Constellation made the most sense, both musically and economically. It offers a variety of environments, going far beyond what would be possible with mechanical systems, including reverberation times up to two seconds. Then, with the push of a touch-screen button, the room instantly becomes an ideal lecture hall, where teachers and students can hear each other clearly without resorting to the hassles of installing a PA system."


Constellation is a seamlessly integrated electroacoustic solution based on the patented VRAS technology to give venues the ability to supply appropriate acoustics for each kind of performance they host, all accessible with a single button press. The Experimental Theater system comprises one MS-Constellation master processor, three MS-VRAS processors, 24 cardioid microphones spaced overhead, 40 MM-4XP self-powered miniature loudspeakers overhead and on the walls, and ten compact UMS-SM subwoofers for extending response to the lower registers. (The UMS-SM subwoofer is a version of the UMS-1P subwoofer with alternate end plates for single-mount configurations with a U-bracket.) The complete system also includes nine UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and two 500-HP subwoofers, which can be either integrated into Constellation or used separately as a 7.1 surround system.


Eight presets are programmed into the system to accommodate uses ranging from lectures and conferences to chamber music and "otherworldly" electronic compositions. Five different reverberation times (including off) between 0.4 and 2.0 seconds are coupled to varying combinations of early decay time and reverberation time to create the eight room characteristics.


Otto is mindful of the cost savings offered by the Constellation approach, both initially and over time. "Constellation initially costs less than extensive systems of moving panels, drapes, and external chambers," he observes. "Also, there are no moving parts to wear out and replace, no labor required to move portable walls or shells, and no need to set up PA systems for lectures. Over ten to 20 years, those savings add up."


As with all Constellation systems, design and commissioning were handled by Meyer Sound's Constellation team, working in consultation with principal architect Mark Reddington of Seattle-based LMN Architects. Sound Image of Escondido, Calif., installed the system under the leadership of Division Director Glenn Peacock.

整个Constellation系统的设计和执行由Meyer soundConstellation团队运作,LMN Architets的首席建筑师加州西雅图的Mark Reddington 担任顾问工作。加州埃斯孔迪杜的Sound Image公司在其技术部长Glenn Peacock的领导下进行安装。

According to Peacock, the UCSD Constellation project was the first of its kind for his company, though others are already in the works. "I can definitely tell you that Constellation is in a class by itself in electroacoustics," he says. "The latitude it offers for digitally managing a listening experience goes significantly beyond the other systems I've heard."


The Conrad Prebys Music Center's larger 400-seat concert hall follows the physical approach to acoustical design?in this case the inspired work of legendary acoustician Cyril Harris in collaboration with Ashton Taylor of HFP Acoustical Consultants in Houston. To accommodate both acoustical and electronic music, the room features a surround system of 12 Meyer Sound UPJ-1P loudspeakers, each meticulously calibrated to blend seamlessly with the room acoustics. "The UPJs have the musicality, the openness, and the transparency we needed for a wide variety of sounds, from orchestral instruments to jazz and electronic," says Otto. "It's the standard speaker that we're using throughout the building."

康拉德.普利贝斯音乐中心的另一个较大的400座音乐厅采取了物理改变的方式进行声学设计-这样,印象深刻的杰作是由富有传奇色彩的声学家西里尔.哈里斯和位于休斯顿HFP声学顾问公司的阿什顿.泰勒合作完成。为了同时容纳声学和电子音乐,房间的环绕系统配备了12Meyer Sound UPJ-1P扬声器,每只都经过仔细的校准与房间的声学特性无缝结合起来。“UPJ拥有广泛声音需要的乐感性,开放性和透明度,从管弦乐器到爵士和电声,”奥托说:“UPJ是我们在整个建筑里使用的标准扬声器。”

The third large performance space in the music center, a 150-seat rehearsal/recital hall, employs a surround system of seven UPJ-1P loudspeakers. All AV systems in the concert and recital/rehearsal halls were designed in consultation with Ron Simonson of CCI Solutions in Olympia, Wash., with installation by Anderson Audio Visual of San Diego.

音乐中心第三个大的表演空间是150座的排练厅,使用7UPJ-1P扬声器。所有的AV系统的设计顾问由华盛顿州奥林匹亚CCI Solution公司的Ron Simonson 担任。圣地亚哥Anderson Audio Visual 公司进行安装。

Additional Meyer Sound loudspeakers and Matrix3 audio show control systems are deployed extensively at UCSD's nearby Atkinson Hall, home of the CalIT2 Research Center. The building's Digital Cinema Auditorium utilizes Cinema Experience loudspeakers as a complement to its 4k digital video projection, while more than two dozen UltraSeries and miniature MM-4 loudspeakers provide audio support in the black box theater and two cutting-edge virtual reality environments.

另外一套Meyersound扬声器和Matrix3音频演出控制系统安装于加州大学圣地亚哥分校附近的Atkinson Hall 礼堂,加州IT2研究中心所在地。建筑里的数字影院礼堂应用了Meyersound的数字影院扬声器作为4K数字投影的补充,在黑匣子剧场和两个尖端虚拟现实环境里,另有20多只超级系列的扬声器和MM-4迷你扬声器提供音频支持

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