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Enhance the theater atmosphere! Meyer Sound highlights West End musical 'The Drifters Girl'

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The musical The Drifters Girl, which is playing at London's West End Theatre, tells the story of Treadwell Faye, the veteran manager of The Drifters, while interspersed with 20 concert performances of heavyweight R & B and pop list hits. In order to fully display the performance effect of drama and music, sound designer Tom Marshall carefully configured a sound system composed of Meyer Sound point sound source speakers and compact ultra-low frequency speakers, which perfectly fits the performance venue.

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"The Drifters Girl" is being staged at the Garrick Theater. The theater was built in 1889. It has a three-story design and can accommodate 712 audiences. It faces great challenges in terms of acoustic environment and architectural space layout.

Marshall said: "Performing a pop musical at the Garrick Theatre presented us with an unexpected challenge. The position of the stage entrance and the first row of box seats makes the positioning of the speakers very difficult, because it cannot be installed in the best position, which affects the coverage of the entire auditorium.

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Using Meyer Sound's MAPP 3D acoustic prediction software, Marshall developed a system solution to achieve uniform coverage and acoustic improvement of the entire indoor space. Since the main sound UPQ-D1 speaker had to be configured in a later position, a pair of ULTRA-X40 compact speakers were used to cover the first few rows of the narrowest part of the venue. At the same time, in order to cover the area where the front seats extend, two rows of small UP-4slim are installed on the top of the hall to delay the sound. "Fortunately, thanks to the lightness of the UP-4slims, it did not cause the problem of ceiling plaster falling off," Marshall pointed out."

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In order to enhance the theater atmosphere of the entire venue, ULTRA-X20 compact wide-coverage speakers are specially equipped for supplementary sound to cover the farthest area of the auditorium on each floor. Finally, since there is no lifting point for truss installation, only one fixed truss is used to configure the two speakers with the highest position of the whole stage at the lower ends of the stage, so there is no center line array. Marshall said: "We used two ULTRA-X40 to form a vertical array, and used side plate accessories to fix an angle of 70 degrees to cover the upper and lower areas of the central auditorium, and the effect was very good."

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Marshall said: "Stable and clear bass is essential for R & B, but there is limited floor space in front of the stage. Fortunately, the 900-LFC low-frequency control unit solves this problem, because it takes up so little space that we can configure one on each side. It has proved to be very effective and we no longer need to add any configuration to enhance the bass effect on the lower floors of the theater." The bass effect in the high-rise area is enhanced by a pair of hanging 750-LFC low-frequency control units, plus 8 UPJ-1P compact speakers for stage return.

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Tom Marshall believes that the linear characteristics of Meyer Sound speakers are very suitable for presenting the changes in musical intensity in The Drifters Girl. I know that I can get enough dynamic margin from the Meyer Sound system, and I did not do a lot of signal processing to achieve the goal. The sound of the system is very pleasant and warm, clearly presenting the dialogue scene in the musical, and when the sound is enhanced, the sound characteristics will not change."

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Marshall and Stage Sound Services also teamed up to provide audio support for the recently launched UK tour of the hit musical Sister Act. The system is similar to that used in The Drifters Girl, but with additional UPQ-D1 and ULTRA-X40 speakers due to the larger size of the venue.

Marshall said: "Since I heard the sound of UPQ-D1 speakers in the performance of" The Drifters Girl ", I have liked their excellent performance in dealing with pop music intensity changes and transients. Since the tour is usually in various spaces where line arrays cannot be used, I decided to adopt UPQ series speakers to solve the sound reinforcement problem. So far, I am very satisfied with the results they have presented.

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The musical Nuns Mad, too, tour is currently scheduled to run in 30 cities until January 2024, with a possible extension after that.

The musical "Grease" was a huge success in London, and Marshall worked with Richard Brooker as its sound designer. Marshall also helped Brooker design the sound system for the musical The Bodyguard, a highly successful popular musical that was licensed worldwide, both productions featured the Meyer Sound PA system.

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