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In 1946 Max and Victor Hall looked around at the rapidly growing city of San Diego, California and saw that they could improve the quality of its businesses. The brothers formed Meeting Services, Inc. (MSI) which provided audiovisual equipment to local companies. Over the years, as San Diego’s industry and tourism expanded, MSI did as well, expertly designing and installing state of the art sound systems for the smallest corporate meetings to the largest conferences, conventions, trade shows, fund raisers, sporting events, artistic performances, and political speeches.
Today MSI offers a complete line of event production, technological support, and equipment rental services and continues to ensure the success, efficiency, and productivity of our clients’ special gatherings, large and small, around the block and around the world.
Clients can trust MSI for the simplest order—a flip chart and colored markers—to the most involved request--1500 lighting instruments, 22 separate sound systems, a full video production suite, design and technical direction, and a staff of engineers and technicians. We can contract, design, deliver, and support any project, anywhere, at anytime, with the best and newest equipment available. Need to light up Staples Center for your High Definition live TV shoot? MSI can do it. Your show is in Malaysia, Cancun, or the Bahamas? MSI has been there. You say your event takes place in a barren parking lot, on a lake, on the side of a frozen mountain, or on top of the Hoover Dam—don’t worry—MSI can make it happen for you, and we’ll do it quickly, smoothly, and with pride.
Even though MSI produces shows across the United States and internationally, we have never forgotten our community roots. Lucky attendees of local Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, and Rolling Stones concerts have rocked out to their favorite artists courtesy of MSI’s professional audio design and equipment. Historical hotel giants, the El Cortez and the Hotel del Coronado, repeatedly utilized MSI’s audio/visual rental and staging division. The San Diego Padres, the Make A Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the San Diego Symphony, and the Rotary Club rely on MSI, just as numerous community theater groups, churches, and civic organizations trust us with their projects, meetings, blood drives, parades, and parties.
Our long-term clients form the cornerstone of our business, and our satisfied customers have graciously recommended us to serve many clients in venues far from San Diego. With their consistent trust and support, MSI has continued to grow and innovate. We are proud to be production partners with AARP, Major League Baseball, ESRI, Comic-Con International, and many more national companies. MSI has provided services to every U.S. President since Harry Truman. Our most recent government work includes the United States Homeland Security Department.
From our humble beginnings, MSI has grown to become a major provider in the industry. Our production warehouse and office complex is a two-level structure of over 65,000 square feet. Over the years, video projection, automated lighting, computer graphics, line array speakers, and digital audio mixers have all been introduced to our clients with great success. We are also pleased to offer our clients the use of the newest generation of micro video projectors for their media presentations. Over 100 talented people are happy to call MSI their employer. Hundreds more work with us on a project-by-project basis. But through all of our growth, MSI has never forgotten that all of our hard work is about making you look and sound terrific!
Years of experience and literally thousands of shows have taught us that what producers want and need is worry-free production, utilizing the right equipment, operated by professionals, at a fair price. We’ve built our company on this simple premise.
Here we focus on the newest in presentation equipment for any type of audio-visual application. We do dry rentals of A/V equipment if you’d like to set it up yourself, or we can provide technicians familiar with the technology. Either way, we’re happy to help you select the right equipment for your project and budget.
MSI maintains a fully stocked, fully staffed retail outlet at our Thornmint Road location. We are easily San Diego’s most complete expendables outlet for every part of the film, theater, TV, meetings and events market.
Under one roof, MSI delivers a full range of production support services. Our audio, lighting, video, scenic, and rigging departments are all well-staffed and equipped to take on any project or special event. In addition to sound, lights, and video, we supply drape, scaffolding, electrical distribution, and expendables through the MSI Store. In need of rental gear? MSI has an enormous inventory and staff to fill your precise order. If all you are looking for is two sheets of gel, feel free to drop by the MSI Store, or call ahead and we will have it waiting for you. If a full-service package is more of what you had in mind, an Account Executive and Production Manager can coordinate all of the details. MSI understands that you, the client, come first: clear internal communication between our department heads ensure that all of the logistics of design, trucking, travel, and venue interface are attended to long before your show’s load-in. MSI’s department heads share a common workspace--there are no secrets, no surprises, and no mistakes. We understand the nuances of the producer-supplier relationship. Our one-stop shopping and seamless integration make you look good. That’s what we’re all about.
Lighting and Rigging Services:
MSI will portray you in the best light--whether you need to illuminate one podium for a small meeting, or you need to decorate an entire amusement park during the holiday season. We have the staff and equipment ready to produce themed or color-balanced video lighting for any concert rider, business meeting, theater production, fashion show, spook house, or dance production; even an 120 foot-long X-Games skateboard ramp (yes, we have done it).
MSI is San Diego’s largest and cutting edge lighting company. In-house we store hundreds of Source Four Ellipsoidal and PAR fixtures, along with a wide variety of Altman PAR– 64’s, 56’s, 46’s, and 30’s, Altman,and DeSisti Fresnels. We can handle illuminating your scenic needs with MR-16 strip lights, Altman Sky Cycs, or for more punch: Color Kinetics Color Blasts and Color Blazes, Coemar LED Pars, and Blizzard Puck Q12s.
If you need your lights to really move, San Diego’s largest intelligent lighting inventory consists of GLP Volks Licht Zooms, Martin Mac Auras, and the industry standard Martin Mac 2000/700/500 units. You can control it all with any configuration of ETC Sensor or Leprecon dimming by way of an ETC, Leprecon, Hog, or Martin console. For something a little different, we have over 500 Color Kinetics iCove LEDs, a Catalyst Media Server System, or Omni systems Thin Pars (with wireless DMX and optional battery operation!). We even carry over 5,000 feet of twinkle lights to add a little sparkle to any event.
Hang any or all of it with our 3,200 feet of 12” or 20.5” box truss; hook it up using our 10 miles of multi-cable or 20,000 feet of pin cable, Cam-Lok, or DMX cable. We can fly a dozen shows at once using our CM Loadstar and Prostar motors. If thinking about all of this gives you a headache, we offer customized design services for all of your illumination and rigging needs.
MSI tailors the equipment to your needs. We stock over 500 JBL, Meyer, TAD, EAW, Apogee, Woodworx, Ramsa, and Yamaha speakers with appropriate amplifiers, processing, rigging, stands, and brackets. Yamaha, Soundcraft and Ramsa consoles handle front of house or monitor mixing. Our new push into digital consoles allows us thousands of input channels for the most complex productions. MSI can mic up your talent with any of our 225 wireless systems or 1500 wired microphones. We can play back or record on any device, including classics such as the 360 Systems Instant Replay, Otari half-track reel, and reel recorders. We can process anything from our computer controller XTA system processors to that 20 year-old Lexicon Prime Time that your talent just won’t sing without. We also have miles of XLR, multi-channel snakes, and speaker cable.
MSI’s present inventory can support 80 concurrent breakout rooms, eight general sessions of 2500, and six general sessions of 5000. If you want to invite 65,000 of your closest friends to the stadium for a presentation or concert, we’ll provide the concert-size line array system, digital-mixing consoles, and in-ear monitor equipment. With MSI’s educated staff and comprehensive equipment, your show is guaranteed to succeed.
From small-screen computer projection to multi-camera arena-sized image magnification, MSI’s video services can’t be beat. We offer recording, playback, projection, and switching packages to cover any need or budget. Projectors from Christie, Barco, Digital Projection, Panasonic, and others can fill any size screen with video images or your high-resolution data. Our high-res switching package comes with Sony HD cameras and an HD camera switcher, offering true digital component from camera to hard drive.
MSI’s Video Department recently underwent a million-dollar upgrade. We offer Christie Roadster HD20k's, which deliver 20,000 ANSI lumens at 1920 X 1200 resolution. Feeding these is our Barco E2 4K Screen Management System, and you’ll have a big, bright, all-digital image that will be larger than a house. We have a couple 80-foot wide screens for your big product roll-out too. Does your booth require a dozen 80-inch HD LED screens? Need to show your new game system in 4K? Need to see your three-screen live from the web multi-site product demo complete with a High-Res quad split in the downstage monitors? Need to do a show near the beach? Our outdoor 5,000 nit LED wall can show your content in the direct sunlight. We have the technology, talent, and understanding to handle it all.
Design and CAD Services:
Sometimes inspiration strikes for a show design, and your ideas need to be put into a CAD rendering, or maybe you have an existing show but realize you should have gone a different way. Design CAD is all about traversing these challenges while keeping sight of your vision. This is where Meeting Services’ CAD Design can help. Whether it’s a simple 2D drawing, wireframe rendering or full 3D final quality rendering, we can put you right on your stage or in your audience before your show loads into the venue.
From the idea on a napkin to the CAD program, to the rendering, to the printer, Meeting Services, Inc., can produce a fully detailed representation of your vision. By taking this drawing to your event or show site you’ll see it detailed along its path from idea to installation.
No job is too big or too small. If you’re in need of a simple CAD of a single projector presentation or something that will require full customization to fill a ballpark, our drafting team can put it together with our full library of CAD symbols containing everything from small audio speakers to scaled tractors.
Our main platform is Vectorworks (along with Renderworks), a sophisticated design program in use since 1985. This software draws inspiration from and serves the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries. With this software we can import Auto CAD files, .pdf’s, even basic photos. We have been using Vectorworks for over 12 years, working with them closely to create a strong, reliable CAD platform, and ensuring our clients get nothing but the best.