The Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater

A configurable theater optimized for experimental music, intermedia, and performance art

The Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (MEIT) is the performance venue of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI). This black-box theater features a custom live mixing system for its 37.2 ambisonic dome audio environment over a DANTE audio network,  5 height-adjustable 16' x 9' screens for HD surround video projection over HDBT network, ArtNet-controlled theatrical lighting including moving head units, bespoke hardware/software systems for audio diffusion and control, and dedicated computer systems for video, audio, performance, recording, and system control. 100 seat capacity with flexible arrangement.
 

Specifications

Audio System

This list is currently incomplete, but reflects earlier configurations of the MEIT
36.2 Ambisonic dome with a custom diffusion system
  • (8) Genelec 1037B (lower ring)
  • (8) Adam S4A (lower ring)
  • (16) Meyer UPJ-1P (upper rings)
  • (1) Meyer 500-HP sub
  • (1) Tannoy PS350B sub
  • (1) Yamaha M7CL Mixer
  • (1) Focusrite RedNet MP8R 8-channel MicPre and A/D‎
  • (1) Focusrite RedNet 1: 8-channel A-D/D-A
  • (1) Focusrite RedNet 2: 16-channel A-D/D-A
  • (1) Focusrite RedNet 3: 32-channel Digital I/O
  • (2) RME A/D - D/A Interface ADI-8 DS
  • (1) Apple Mac Pro 3.5 GHz Six-Core Intel Xeon E5 to Performance
  • (1) Apple Mac Pro 3.5 GHz Six-Core Intel Xeon E5 to Diffusion
  • (1) Custom Audio Diffusion Software via Max MSP
  • (4) Mackie Control Universal with Extension
  • (1) Mackie Ultra Pilot for remote diffusion
  • (1) Lexicon MX400 4-in/4-out Reverb/Effects Processor
  • Playback software
    • Reaper 5
    • Logic X
    • Digital Performer 9
    • Max/MSP/Jitter (versions 6 & 7)
    • Pure Data (PD)
    • QLab Pro Video+Audio+Lighting

Video System

This list is currently incomplete, but reflects earlier configurations of the MEIT
180-degree projection with custom video routing
  • (1) Apple Mac Pro 2x2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon dedicated to video
  • (3) Panasonic LZ370 video projectors
  • (1) Epson ProG7500U video projector
  • (1) Optoma S600 Overhead projector
  • (3) 18'x24' Da-Lite Motorized Scenic Scroller projector screens
  • (2) Panasonic P2HD AG-HPX170P video cameras
  • Custom Video Routing
    • Shinybow VGA Audio Matrix Switcher
    • Kramer 6x6 HDMI Matrix Switcher

Lighting

This list is currently incomplete, but reflects earlier configurations of the MEIT
Flexible theater lighting with custom lighting control
  • ETC Expression 3 lighting console
  • (2) Martin smartMAC moving lights
  • (2) Chauvet moving lights
  • Lighting Control via QLab

Other Equipment

Miscellaneous
  • (1) Bösendorfer 225 SemiConcert Grand - 92 keys, 7'4", with CEUS (MIDI controllable piano)
  • (5) 5x~40 foot rolls of dance marley
Available Supplementary Equipment
  • (10)Tannoy 800A
  • (2) Hemisphere speakers (available, single channel)
  • (2) Fender CyberTwinSE Guitar Amps with DSP
  • (2) NI Komplete Audio 6-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface
  • (2) MOTU 828 MKII 8-channel Audio Interface
  • (2) RME A/D - D/A Interface ADI-8 DS
  • (4) MOTU 2408 A/D - D/A converters
  • (2) MacBook Pro
  • (1) Allen&Heath GL3800 Mixer
  • (1) Mackie 1604VLZ4 Pro Mixer
  • (1) Mackie 802-VLZ3 Mixer
  • (1) Mackie 3208 Mixer
  • (1) Mackie 2408 Mixer
  • (1) Mackie Mix8 Mixer
  • (7) NEC NP3250 video projectors

Microphones