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B3 Goes Martin Audio


Dos Hermanos, Spain–Martin Audio‘s signature line array sound system continues to dominate large-scale installations around the world. This summer, a combination of the larger W8L systems and W8LMD downfill boxes and subs were installed in the new 4,000-capacity B3 multi-room dance venue in Dos Hermanas (outside Seville), in combination with the best from the company‘s Blackline and AQ series.

Club owner José Miguel Losada was insistent that, in keeping his dance music en vogue, he also wanted playback through the latest in line array systems–and Bernat Camacho and Jordi Rosselló, from Adagio SA, set up a full-scale demo of the maker‘s different systems.

Bernat vividly recalls the first site visit. “We could have proposed several solutions using Martin Audio components–but the club really wanted line array, in particular the largest of the three systems.”

The newly built venue is divided across three floors and includes the Main dance floor and Entrance, the Buda Chillout Room and Entrance, the White Room (aka Latinos)–and a VIP bar. This creates a four-zone system, and while several operate independently (with highly-specified DJ systems), the XTA DSP allows the music to be routed from any of the zones to all the others.

The project manager designed the system using EASE simulations, optimizing the array using Martin Audio‘s ViewPoint™ and DISPLAY™ software.

The entertainment starts at the grand entrance, where 4 flown Martin Audio W8LMD Downfill boxes greet the clientele–one in each corner, with a pair of concealed Blackline S18 subs.

This connects with the Main dance floor, where a portable stage allows the room to double as a live performance space. Here two hangs of three W8L‘s and a single W8LS sub present a punchy dance system, while four further ground-stacked WLX subs provide further bass extension. Off axis and peripheral areas also provide even coverage thanks to six strategically placed Martin Audio Blackline F10s.

As with the Main Dance floor, the upstairs Buda Room is fed from a top spec DJ system, based around Pioneer components. “The club had wanted to run a W8LM system here but it would have been overkill,” explained Bernat. Instead he recommended a pair of W8LMD Downfill boxes, flown each side, with four concealed ground-stacked S18 subs. This room is also served by its own Reception area, and unhappy with the speaker brand installed, the club is in the process of adopting a Martin Audio AQ10 solution.

Further down the first floor, Latinos–now renamed The White Room in view of its décor–boasts four more W8LMD‘s flown around the small dance floor and four more S18‘s, which are hidden from view. An additional pair of LMDs over the bar provides more coverage.

Bernat Camacho says that the challenge throughout was to convince the technical team to opt for efficiency rather than fashion. “For example at the demonstration they liked the W8LM system very much and wanted to use it, but instead of a 7.5° vertical dispersion pattern we persuaded them to use the LMD, which opens out to 20°, giving them a much more even coverage.”

Finally, Adagio AS have given the main dance floor DJ team the best in reference monitoring (in the form of a pair of Martin Blackline F15‘s) while the live musicians are extended the same privileges, since they can hear their own stage performance through Martin Audio‘s classic LE700 floor wedges,

“To say that everyone at B3 is delighted with the sound is an under-statement,” the Adagio team summed up.

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