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MLA Compact Debuts With Chris Rea

The first UK rental company to purchase Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array), RG Jones Sound Engineering was also the first to debut the scaled down version of this groundbreaking technology with the new MLA Compact.

“I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new system,” admits Simon Honywill, who seized the opportunity to mix Chris Rea’s sound through the MLA Compact on the closing dates of the recent European and UK tour.

Honywill, largely responsible for driving RG Jones’ investment in the MLA platform, instigated a seamless PA switch, ably assisted by system engineer Mark Edwards in time for the last two tour dates—at the Pavilions in his home town of Plymouth, and HMV Apollo Hammersmith, where the system had been formally launched a few months ago.

While the system performed admirably in Plymouth, Honywill and Edwards, along with Martin Audio’s R&D Director, Jason Baird, repurposed the system for the larger Hammersmith show where Simon Honywill described the impact as “unbelievable”.

He reported that the vocal clarity had been incredible, even at high levels, and the separation of the drums and cymbals, even in excess of 106dBA had to be heard to be believed. “The drum sound was massive,” he said, “very dynamic and very exciting.

“When you wind the system up, it just gets louder, but nothing changes in the character of the sound, which is beautiful.”

While the optimization at Hammersmith was nothing unusual, with the balcony being notched out in the software to remove unwanted reflections, Simon Honywill explained: “Mark and Jason worked on the EQ curve and played with the sub alignment so that the system was everything I had hoped it would be.”

“In Plymouth we used a broadside array of 12 DSX subs in four cardioid cells under the stage apron, but this isn’t possible in Hammersmith so we went for a left/right cardioid stack of six subs a side and tweaked the crossover between the subs and the MLA Compact to get a really rich, smooth low end with real punch.”

Deploying a ground stack of four Martin Audio W8LM Mini Arrays under the two main PA hangs of 12 MLA Compact enclosures, they were able to draw down the image at the front while substantially decreasing the physical profile of the stacked system.

“In the past the ground stacks have looked a little imposing with the subs and W8LC, but the ability of the system to generate seamless coverage from wherever you tell it to start and finish allowed us to get the energy we wanted into both downstairs and upstairs––the groundstacks are just to keep the sonic image down on stage for those at the front,” says Honywill.

“The system produced a fantastic impact but the overriding feeling from the production team was that the compactness of the package also offered huge benefits.” And this spelled good news for production manager, Pat Baker.

Rea’s tour inventory is traditionally geared to fit one truck, which places enormous pressure on the truck pack. “Every night it is stacked to the roof with all the equipment,” Honywill explains “But the appeal of a self-powered system, without separate processing and amplification, was pretty exciting.”

Having piloted Chris Rea shows for the last 15 years, Simon Honywill has historically used Martin Audio systems to reinforce the artist’s sound––generally 16 x W8LC Compact Line Arrays per side and 16 WLX subs; but for the ensemble of six musicians (including second guitar, two keyboards and drums) this time around, they knew they had considerably raised the sonic bar. Simon’s overall verdict? “MLA is vastly superior to anything on the market and this system provides a great neutral platform to mix on.

“Although RG Jones has bought the big system, which was a no-brainer considering the profile of the company’s expanding client base, the MLA Compact has to be a serious proposition. It’s brilliantly conceived and brilliantly delivered—a completely revolutionary product and other manufacturers should be asking themselves how they are going to counter that.”

Meanwhile, RG Jones’ full-sized, and multiple award-winning MLA will make its debut on the Sainsbury’s UK 2012 School Games Closing Ceremony at London Olympic Park’s Basketball Arena on May 9.

Pic: Chris Rea onstage, with the MLA Compact

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

1 Volt Associates Wins Middle Atlantic Security Rep of the Year Award

Photo caption (left to right) Bill Poling and Rob Atkins (Middle Atlantic); Scott Robitzer, Pete Peek and Brian Cain (1 Volt Associates); Dan Tarkoff (Middle Atlantic)

Fairfield, NJ—Middle Atlantic Products presented 1 Volt Associates with the Security Sales Representative of the Year Award at a sales meeting prior to ISC West 2012 in Las Vegas.

Commenting on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Director Bill Poling said, “1 Volt embraced our ViewPoint™ technical furniture line early on, marketed it aggressively and got the consoles spec’d into a number of jobs over the course of the year where it really made a difference in terms of our sales.”

1 Volt’s sales territory includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Photo caption (left to right) Bill Poling and Rob Atkins (Middle Atlantic); Scott Robitzer, Pete Peek and Brian Cain (1 Volt Associates); Dan Tarkoff (Middle Atlantic).

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Martin Audio MLA System Gathers Momentum At Frankfurt

Martin Audio Managing Director opens proceedings in Frankfurt

––New Sales Announced For MLA And Newly Introduced MLA Compact––

Martin Audio used Prolight+Sound in Germany to launch its new MLA Compact Multi-cellular loudspeaker array—introducing Stockholm-based DM Audio as the first customer worldwide. But by the end of the expo, they were celebrating sales of the original MLA platform to two UK rental companies as the High Wycombe company reported taking orders in excess of £1.9 million.

RG Jones, which numbers the Glastonbury Festival among many high profile accounts, invested in a System 36 (24 x MLA top boxes and 12 MLX subs) following successful trials at the Royal Albert Hall (Classical Spectacular) and Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

The company placed the order on the opening day of Frankfurt and joint managing director Andrew Williamson said, “We needed a large format system and this will be our first self-powered rig. It provides an excellent truck-pack solution because you don’t need to deploy a lot of amp racks, and the degree of control it offers is a major plus point.”

Knutsford-based rental company VME, specialists in servicing the entertainment, touring, corporate and broadcast industries also placed an order for a System 30 MLA. Their director, Dion Davie, said, “MLA is the direction we shall be taking as it represents the future of audio.”

Philippines-based JB Music & Sports also finalized an order, confirming the purchase of the country’s first MLA system consisting of a System 36 MLA and System 24 of the newly launched MLA Compact. “We are confident that when potential customers understand the unique abilities of this revolutionary multi-cellular system, they will be won over,” said Jerico Salonga Fernando, VP Sales & Operations.

On the opening day Martin Audio managing director Anthony Taylor had addressed a packed stand of media and distributors, explaining the impact the groundbreaking new MLA technology was now having, on the back of huge growth in 2011. “We threw a pebble in the water and watched the ripples rapidly expand,” he said.

By the end of the show the ripples were threatening to become tidal as Martin Audio celebrated its most successful trade show ever.

Photo captions: 1. Martin Audio Director of Sales, Simon Bull, addresses a packed press conference in Frankfurt. 2. Managing Director Anthony Taylor opens proceedings. 3. R&D Director Jason Baird explains the MLA concept

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Middle Atlantic Debuts Quiet, Powerful Thermal Management Options

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing two new quiet, powerful options for effective thermal management of heat-producing equipment and the smaller spaces they occupy.

Built to remove heat from credenzas, lecterns and entertainment centers, the new 50 CFM Cabinet Cooler is the first blower-style option available to the market that provides a free air rating as high as 50 CFM. It incorporates intelligent proportional speed control which runs the blower only when necessary.

Designed to pull hot air up out of a component and direct it where desired, the new 50 CFM Component Cooler removes heat from system components on open shelving or in racks. It is now available in a Stand-Alone version to directly cool a single component, as well as a Platform model that is ideal for cooling multiple stacked components.

Both the Cabinet Cooler and Component Cooler maintain quiet operation, emitting a maximum of 29 decibels, while providing high static pressure to overcome airflow restrictions.

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Releases Designer™ Version 4.0

Free 3D Design Program Features New Layout Capabilities

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has updated its Designer™ 3D layout and specification software to include new product groups, enabling more complete room configurations. In addition to consoles and video walls, Designer can now facilitate the placement of MRK Series racks and C5 Series Credenza Racks in room layouts, giving a more fully furnished visualization of a potential installed system.

With over 8,000 users, Designer software has quickly become an ideal solution for specifiers and installers to easily design a 3D room layout. The free program, available for download on Middle Atlantic’s website, produces full color room layouts with guidance for optimal furniture placement via its built-in line of sight tool. Designs can be exported to CAD and include retail price quotes to assist with the system specification process.

“Designer Software was developed to take the guesswork out of room layouts and has been helping security professionals choose the right consoles and video walls for their applications,” said Michael Cukrow, Technical Marketing Manager. “With this new update we’re able to improve on its core functionality by offering racks and credenzas, which are critical components requested by many users.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

New VisionFrame™ Mounts Offer Added Flexibility, Usability and Save Space

Fairfield, NJ––The new VisionFrame Vertical Multi-Mount Panel and Vertical Panel Mount are designed to provide additional flexibility and enhanced usability for the popular Middle Atlantic VisionFrame Video Monitor Mounting Wall while saving rack space in a variety of environments including control rooms, digital signage and surveillance.

The VisionFrame Vertical Multi-Mount Panel allows users to quickly and easily mount HDMI extenders, video switchers and other small components to the back of monitor walls. The panel saves space in local racks and allows easy access for servicing and cabling changes.

Designed to save rack space, the new VisionFrame Vertical Panel Mount allows fast, easy installation of components such as UPS, Codecs, power supplies and other rackmount equipment to the back of monitor walls without adding to the depth of wall systems.

A fixture in control rooms around the country, the VisionFrame Video Monitor Wall system provides heavy-duty structural support for monitors in both free standing and desk mount configurations. Featuring a simple, effective design to save valuable installation time for integrators, VisionFrame can be quickly and easily specified with Middle Atlantic’s Designer™ 3D Layout software.

VisionFrame systems optimize viewing of larger and multiple screens simultaneously in security and other monitoring environments and are also well suited for applications such as digital signage for information sharing, advertising and visual communications.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about the VisionFrame Video Mounting Wall System and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Debuts New Storage Options for ViewPoint™ Console System

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing new storage options for its ViewPoint Console furniture system.

Matching the look and style of the ViewPoint system for a consistent appearance, the new ViewPoint Free Standing Storage Cabinet provides additional storage space for supplies and personal items. The cabinet includes two adjustable shelves, smoked glass doors and comes fully assembled for fast, easy installation.

The new ViewPoint Radial Binder Storage Cabinet is designed to store essential reference materials and keep them close at hand. Also matching the system in appearance and style, the cabinet’s compact rounded shape holds binders and books on two shelves, comes fully assembled and easily attaches to ViewPoint consoles for maximum layout flexibility.

An integral part of the Westchester Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York, Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia, Tropicana Las Vegas, Hendrick Medical Center and other key installations, ViewPoint consoles are seismic certified, UL-listed and feature exceptional strength and reliability to protect equipment in security and surveillance monitoring environments.

The ViewPoint console consists of fully welded Uni-Frame™ workstation bays that simplify installation and can be configured for individual project needs. Its wide array of customization options include wedges, bay extenders for rackmounting deeper equipment, turrets for smaller equipment, work surfaces tailored to each system, side panels, monitor mounts and more. Designed to maximize functionality and installed system reliability, the ViewPoint system incorporates ergonomic factors, equipment cooling and cable management features.

For more information about ViewPoint Console Furniture Systems and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Martin Audio Showcases MLA Compact At Apollo Hammersmith

Martin Audio's Ferrit Rowe, Rob Hofkamp & Jim Jorgensen with MLA Compact

London––Martin Audio had such a high level of confidence in its new MLA Compact Multi-cellular loudspeaker array that the company booked the HMV Apollo Hammersmith over two days for its first international showcase.

This showcase provided the proper context for the MLA Compact’s official introduction to the media and Martin Audio’s global distributor network.

In his opening speech, Managing director Anthony Taylor referred to the 900 original MLA systems now out in the field, stating that the release of a Compact version was an inevitable consequence of the MLA’s success.

“We have been working on this really for the last 14 months and we are very excited by the concept.

“It has all the attributes of the original MLA—it is an incredibly powerful system, and the fact that it is scalable will put us into all kinds of different areas. The Compact is particularly well suited for installation projects as well as side fills for the MLA and venues up to 5,000 seats.”

He added, “I think the market expected us to go to a smaller box with the same characteristics, and this is really just the start of how we will deploy this technology.”

R&D director, Jason Baird, provided an in-depth presentation of the system before the two hangs of 12 elements rigged for the occasion were dramatically revealed (along with stacked DSX subs)––courtesy of the excellent production support provided by corporate event specialists, USS.

Reference tracks were used to demonstrate different optimizations — including spoken word (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy), Jennifer Warnes’ Somebody, Somewhere and a blast of Rammstein.

Guests were then invited to walk the room—including up to the Circle—to experience the consistency of the cellular control, as well as to the back of the stage behind the hangs, where the sound levels were impressively quiet.

Martin Audio’s North American team- Rob Hofkamp (North American Sales Director), Ferrit Rowe (MLA Technical Training Manager), Jim Jorgensen (MLA Support Specialist)—was also on hand for the launch.

Asked about the MLA Compact’s potential in the U.S. and Canada, Hofkamp stated, “The MLA Compact is poised to make a dramatic impact on the U.S. market, both for fixed installations and regional sound companies. Its light weight, scalability and competitive pricing coupled with the power and seamless coverage of MLA technology, make it a market leader right out of the box.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

ViewPoint™ Console Key To Medical Center Surveillance Upgrade

Abilene, TX––Hendrick Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in the West Texas area serving referrals from 16 smaller hospitals in the surrounding counties. Known for its sophisticated trauma center and high level of care, the flagship 500-bed acute care center is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion.

The center’s expansion also includes the upgrade of its surveillance operation, which features a totally new workspace and technology transition from analog to IP, a new CCTV system that will eventually include 200 cameras, and a conversion from barcode to Proximity card readers. “A huge project,” as Roger Dickey, Director of Security at Hendrick, rightfully describes it.

Assisting Dickey on the project is system integrator James Holden of Siemens. Holden explains that, along with providing the newer technology, he and Siemens were tasked to design a new workspace for the security guard monitoring staff with first destination radio, video, access control and alarm management. A new console was the starting point.

“Roger and I visited a security trade show in Dallas and looked at different furniture products,” Holden explains. “We decided on Middle Atlantic’s ViewPoint console because it was flexible, attractive and offered a lot of ergonomic options.”

Dickey adds, “I’d never seen the Middle Atlantic furniture, but their staff was very helpful. I could sit down at their console and get a feel for what my guys were going to be looking at. I was also interested in their cable management system and how easy it would be for repair people to access the console.

“Because of the console’s flexibility, I was able to try something very different this time around in terms of training my staff. I told them, ‘you are the ones who’re going to have to use this, so I need you to set up the camera views and how you want to use the console, not me.’

“This definitely put the challenge on my staff in terms of designing the views they receive and optimizing the console for their use. We have an event monitoring system tied to all of our alarms. Whether it‘s a motion or alarm activation of some sort, the system brings the event up to the spot monitor so the operator can decide whether or not it’s a problem. This helps us manage these situations.”

Reflecting Dickey’s staff’s criteria, the ViewPoint installed in the Center’s surveillance workspace includes a console-mounted VisionFrame system to mount three large 46” monitors behind three 23” monitors attached to the console itself. The console also includes top-mount turret racks on both ends, which his staff uses to store an 800 MHz frequency police/fire radio. When covered, these also provide additional surface space on the console for printers and other devices.

In terms of ergonomics, “my staff really likes it,” Dickey explains. “The way we’ve set up the console, we’re not trying to watch all the cameras at a specific time. When someone hits an alarm alerting us to a problem, we can hit a salvo of multiple views and depend on that before moving on to the event monitoring system.”

Dickey also wanted to display Hendrick’s CCTV system in an ergonomically sensible and productive way in terms of how many cameras his team could view at one time.

“ViewPoint just seemed to work best for what the client wanted to do,” adds Holden. “They needed more space horizontally. In changing over to IP we were converting from all of the older analog monitors, PCs and analog DVRs, so we needed a cohesive new approach for the guard personnel to manage the video and other systems.

“The actual installation worked out well. We went back and forth and made sure that we measured twice and cut once to ensure the monitors were at the right height and overall width. We talked about a variety of customization options including additional articulating arms when we saw how flexible they were.”

Also facilitating the installation, Middle Atlantic Designer™ software allowed Holden to show several different renditions of the console to Dickey and his staff. Once they had agreed on the final design, he was able to forward laminate samples of the finish so Dickey could totally envision what the console was going to look like. According to Holden, “Designer eliminated any surprises, which made everyone’s job easier.”

“They had a very crowded one-man console before, and even if there’s only one operator at the ViewPoint console, it can be quickly and easily accommodated to hold two operators because it’s long enough at 12 feet to let them expand and grow as the shifts change.

“When I sell a console like ViewPoint, it’s usually part of a pretty big project,” Holden concludes. “We’re happy, Roger and his staff are satisfied, and so is the hospital board. When the boards asks what they spent money for, seeing a black bulb in the ceiling doesn’t mean much to them. They may not know the difference between an old camera or new camera, or an analog and an IP system, but they know when they go into the new surveillance facility and see the console, because that’s the kind of thing that makes them respond a lot better.”

Dickey also underscores the console’s impact: “Let’s face it, this is a $92 million building project, and we needed a system that would still be in the game three to five years down the road. We went strictly with IP because of all the videos that are available to our staff. There’s no way a single or several security officers sitting at a console can view all of those cameras and do justice to that. So we really like to take the view the ViewPoint console gives us and spread it out, so if we have an event going on we can quickly push up the perimeters we want to view at the push of a button.

“ViewPoint has been so successful in getting our officers involved in the development of these protocols that they’ve created different views for the day shift, evening shift and night shift because each one of those shifts actually looks at things differently.

“And my guys really like the layout of this console,” Dickey explains. “The new 46” monitors give them a much larger and more effective view of what they’re looking at. They used to have 4” picture when they did multiple views. With this system, they have a much more identifiable picture that they can zoom in on to isolate a person they want to identify, blow that up on replay and capture it on DVD for evidence. The three smaller monitors include our computer dispatch, access control, and event monitoring systems. And we have two other spots for monitors that haven’t been mounted yet that we will use for internal communications.”

Summarizing, Dickey concludes, “The ViewPoint console has turned out to be the stepping-stone to doing all of the other things we had to do in order to build the security features into this new building. We’re very happy with the way things have worked out.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Martin Audio Dominates Holland’s Leading Live Music Venues

––W8LCi Line Array Installed At Duycker––

Martin Audio has taken the lead in equipping premier concert venues in the Amsterdam region in partnership with their Dutch distributors, TM Audio.

Following landmark installations in the iconic clubs Paradiso and Melkweg in the past few years, a Martin Audio W8LCi compact line array system has now been installed in Duycker, the latest Amsterdam rock venue and cultural center.

Owned by the local government, and situated near Schiphol Airport in the affluent town of Hoofddorp, the complex is comprised of two live rooms and a café bar, where sound reinforcement is provided by Martin Audio’s stylish AQ architectural line.

The Martin Audio W8LCi solution was chosen for installation in the large, 850-capacity room after the line array approach had been compared with modular systems by experienced freelance sound engineer, Gerald Chermin, who was brought in as technical director to streamline the routing and optimize the system.

With a large balcony affecting both sightlines and coverage patterns posing a problem, Chermin used all the experience he had gained working with companies such as Ampco to assemble some of the market leading systems in a competitive shoot-out.

“We assembled a panel of different sound engineers, with one person tuning all the systems. We realized the line array approach would overcome both balcony coverage sightline issues, whereas going modular would have required too many boxes.”

The system has been specifically designed to provide plenty of headroom, and is based around seven W8LCi enclosures per side, with one W8LCDi Downfill at the base. Six Martin Audio WS218X subs are stacked, three a side, to provide LF extension.

The main system is run three way, but driven in four separate parts by a combination of Martin Audio MA6.8Q and Powersoft K8/K10 amplifiers, processed via XTA DC1048 4-in/8-out DSP. Three DiGiCo SD8’s have been provided for FOH, monitor (and portable) duties.

“We have definitely made the right choice with the Martin Audio system, which is proving popular with incoming production crews,” stated Gerald. “We chose the system not only because it represented excellent value for money but the fact that it could be divided up into four separate sections.

“We also knew we could depend on excellent back-up from TM Audio and [sister company] Lightco, who have provided the lighting.”

Meanwhile in the café bar, music sourced from a DJ or computer and mixed via an Allen & Heath GR2 9-input, 4-output analog zone mixer, is played out through four Martin Audio AQ8’s, two AQ6’s and an AQ210 (2 x 10) sub, managed by a dedicated AQX system controller.

The arrival of Vari-Lites in the near future will place the final piece in the lighting jigsaw—operating under the control of Lightco-supplied Avolites desks. But the local population already has a leading destination venue—with a cutting edge technical infrastructure and live entertainment package—to kick-start their weekends.

Photos: The main room at Duycker, viewed from the auditorium and from the stage

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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