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Martin Audio AQ Solution For Guildford Radisson’s Market Kitchen & Bar

Housed within the modern Radisson Edwardian Guildford Hotel, the Market Kitchen & Bar describes itself as an all-day Mediterranean café, offering local bistro lunchtime dining before turning into a cosmopolitan evening destination. It also has a relaxed bar lounge, with soft, colorful furnishings.

To help maintain its chameleon effect, a sound system was required that could provide hi-fi music at low level from an eclectic playlist stored on hard-drive during the day, then pump up the energy into the bar lounge later on when a fully-specified DJ front end comes into play.

To meet the combined requirements of potency and aesthetics (the system needed to blend discreetly with Rabih Hage’s interior design), the venue opted for a Martin Audio AQ architectural solution.

The system was specified by Gavin Miller of Bedford based Kazbar Systems Inc after being approached by a mutual acquaintance, Dan Bewick of the music production company, Big Scary Monster.

“Venues such as The Ministry of Sound run exclusively on Martin Audio,” said Miller, “and just about every decent venue I go to seems to have their badge. I’ve worked with Martin Audio in the past and it’s a brand I know and trust. Fortunately with a short time scale, they were able to deliver.”

Miller brought in Darrin South from installation team, 33 Hertz, and with Martin Audio’s Kevin McNally offering support, they set about designing a system that would function through the trading day at three sound levels. Preset into the Martin Audio Engineer 818 DSP controller (and 8 x 8 routing matrix), the system accesses the different zones into which bar, lounge and restaurant are divided.

However, the installation team’s biggest challenge was one of containment, to avoid sound escape into the hotel’s 183 rooms and suites, while mounting onto several layers of ply reduced any vibrations.

As a result an AQ28 has been mounted on each of the four walls, with a fifth below the raised DJ and VIP area. Since the AQ28 is a two-way, dual-bass driver, designed to give extended LF performance from a compact, architecturally neutral, vented enclosure, the system can operate with or without the additional floor-mounted AQ215 (2 x 15in) sub.

Meanwhile, across in the adjacent restaurant/grill, four ultra-compact AQ5’s are mounted around a pillar on a separate zone to provide 360° coverage from a single point source.

Keeping the signal chain entirely within the Martin Audio domain, the AQ28’s and AQ215 are powered by Martin Audio MA3.0 amplification and the AQ5’s by an MA2.0, via the Engineer 818.

Three sound preset levels are stored in the system controller to ramp up for the post-office/ early evening cocktail hour and later into the evening, when the DJ takes over. Sound thresholds are further increased on Friday and Saturday evenings.

According to Gavin Miller, the hotel operators “absolutely love the sound system, which has exceeded their expectations.”

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.

Adam Audio Showcases Classic Series Speakers At CES

ADAM Classic Mk3 Series

Las Vegas, NV––The Classic Mk3 Series, ADAM Audio USA’s most popular line of speakers, will be the focus of their exhibit at 2012 International CES.

A mainstay of the brand, Classic Mk3 Series loudspeakers offer an exceptional level of sound reproduction along with a slim, elegant look. They are available in a range of passive and active models and are easily adaptable to all room sizes for stereo and multi-channel applications.

The entire Classic Series includes ADAM’s proprietary X-ART tweeters to ensure extended frequency response with maximum efficiency. In the active version, ADAM’s new A/B amplifier drives the high frequency section. The Column also features ADAM’s high-quality X-ART lower midrange driver and two Hexacone™ 7” woofers for exceptional full range reproduction from 28 Hz to 50 kHz.

Revealing the subtlest details of the high frequency range, the Pencil Mk3 also features powerful and accurate low range reproduction from two woofers that distribute the lower frequencies. One woofer acts as a full range driver while the other reproduces frequencies below 150 Hz, effectively doubling the area and power of the bass reproduction.
The Compact Mk3 uses the same components as the larger Classic speakers to provide unmatched sound quality in a compact size. The Center Mk3 and SW260 Mk3 subwoofer are also equipped with matching components to achieve sonic consistency and sophisticated reproduction for multichannel applications.

The subwoofer expands the frequency of any system down to 25Hz while a level control, phase switch (±180°), variable upper frequency (50-150Hz), and a switchable 85Hz high pass filter for satellite output allow it to be adapted to any system and its particular needs.

All standing models are equipped with new base plates and spikes to improve decoupling from the floor and finishes are in high gloss black.

Pricing for this series ranges from $3000 a pair for the passive Compact Mk3 to $10,000 a pair for the active Column Mk3 Tower speakers.

For more about ADAM Audio USA, please see us at Suite #30-324 in The Venetian, call 516.681.0690, or click to www.adam-audio.com.

Middle Atlantic Teams With Control Concepts for Communication Flexibility in RackLink™

Fairfield, NJ –– When Middle Atlantic Products set out to develop its new RackLink™ Suite of Power Management products, a crucial goal was to ensure its communication flexibility across multiple platforms including the web, mobile devices and control systems. To develop that critical open-architecture communication with control systems, the company partnered with fellow market leader Control Concepts, Inc.

Working in close collaboration with Middle Atlantic, audiovisual control system solutions company Control Concepts created communication drivers for both Crestron and AMX that work with the new protocol. The protocol also provides matrix readings from the systems for energy management, imports RackLink data into a database that compares usage and points out cost saving opportunities and allows control systems to register for unsolicited information. These features provide AV professionals with the data they need to make real-time changes to the control system that save energy and cost, and improve functionality.

Recently introduced and already enjoying acceptance among AV professionals, RackLink products provide installers with flexible, intelligent power monitoring and management for AV systems, along with preemptive support functions. They are the first of their kind capable of maintaining AV system reliability using automatic actions that include automatic reboot, turning on emergency fans and shutting down equipment for safety in overload or over-temperature conditions.

Asked about the collaboration between the companies, Jeff Mackie, Director of Product Development at Control Concepts, said that when working with Middle Atlantic on RackLink, he “really felt like part of the team.”

“The expertise that Control Concepts brought to the development of RackLink’s control system communication protocol was invaluable,” said Middle Atlantic Electrical/Electronic Product Manager Murray Williams. “Their knowledge of these environments helped optimize its functionality for how integrators utilize it in the field.”

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

MLA Makes Spectacular Albert Hall Debut

MLA System at Royal Albert Hall

Sound rental company RG Jones has been producing sound reinforcement infrastructure for the challenging Raymond Gubbay Classical Spectaculars at the Royal Albert Hall since 1993.

With a production harnessing cannons, pyro and lasers in a festival type ‘Proms’ atmosphere, it has taken all of FOH engineer Simon Honywill’s expertise to keep the show’s audio fidelity evolving with each generation of new technology.

Honywill is no stranger to Martin Audio proprietary line array platforms, introducing W8L Longbow systems to the Glastonbury Pyramid stage, and taking the new MLA (Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array) system on tour with Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds.

Rigging the MLA at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time ever this month, he knew the Classical show would experience the same dynamic range and sudden transients as War of the Worlds––and in a venue notoriously difficult to control, he also knew it would clean up the room’s inherent reflections. But the performance, he said, was breathtaking, and even beyond his expectations.

“We’ve made a massive leap forward with the MLA … the results were remarkable,” reported Honywill.

At the RAH, the two front arrays comprised 16 element MLA hangs per side, with no downfill enclosures, since the rig’s trim height was 40 ft. (from the lowest box) to accommodate the huge lighting rig. Side hang arrays of nine Martin Audio W8LM mini enclosures were balanced with a single W8LMD underneath to bring coverage down as far as possible; at the same time, a central sub-bass array of six WLX was recessed under the stage apron, which was electronically curved to optimize coverage.

Martin Audio’s Nigel Meddemmen became de facto systems engineer, walking the entire room to verify uniform sound balance. “The challenge was to match the warmth and smooth response of the MLA, a tricky task particularly on some of the operatic pieces with shrill soprano vocals which have a tendency to really show up deficiencies in the high frequency of a system.”

Meddemmen recounted that the design software was critical in ensuring optimum performance. “The calculations were based on Simon’s model of the slice through the venue, and with the advantages of the new Display 2.1 software, Ambrose [Thompson, Martin Audio Electroacoustic Engineer] was able to design a system with the correct splay angles.”

Stated Simon Honywill, “The fact that it sounded so astounding is testament to the software. In fact I have never heard a system [in the RAH] that sounded so similar upstairs as down. Ambrose was also able to rationalize the coverage to effectively reduce the amount of energy hitting the balcony fronts––other systems have claimed it but this is the first to deliver.”

The design prediction created ‘voids’ precisely where necessary––including the elimination of any stage spill, as Simon Honywill was quick to attest. “You could stand under the MLA on stage and not hear a thing!

“But at the same time this is the loudest I have been able to drive a system here without the orchestra moaning!”

The program combined the traditional ‘greatest hits’ from the classical canon with new works such as Karl Jenkins’ Benedictus from The Armed Man; A Mass For Peace. The latter swings from the gentlest of solo cello to five percussionists hitting a variety of drums extremely hard and the choir adding weight to a huge sonic picture.

“We had ten mics on the choir and I found I could keep opening them up massively, with no coloration whatsoever,” noted Honywill. “We’ve never had the amount of level, definition and control––particularly with the low strings––as we achieved with the MLA, and that is what makes it sound really fat. It was a pleasure and absolute joy to mix.”

Summing up, the sound engineer said, “To get the sonic quality and level required by the promoters you can’t afford for the system to be in any way obtrusive. It has to sound really sweet when loud, warm and powerful––and intelligent and delicate at the same time. MLA was all of these things and more.”

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 Racks Do Double Duty For Savant Systems

At the heart of Savant Systems’ Experience Center and the Training Center in its company headquarters are a complement of Middle Atlantic racks that transcend their traditional roles as equipment storage areas. In each facility, they are a platform providing invaluable support for customer sales, service and dealer training.

Middle Atlantic MRK Series Rack at Savant Experience Center

Savant’s sophisticated 8,000 square foot Experience Center in New York’s SoHo District features fully automated residential and commercial spaces designed to show prospective clients how the company’s control, automation, energy management and entertainment systems can be artfully and seamlessly integrated into real-world home and commercial market settings.

A team of leading designers was commissioned by Savant to create the Residential Experience’s Center’s fully automated bedroom and bath, music/piano area, media room, kitchen and home theater spaces.

Located in the media room near the home theater, a large 44-space Middle Atlantic MRK Series rack is prominently on view for prospective clients and architects, consultants, builders and media touring the facility.

In addition to showcasing the sheer breadth of equipment required for this type of facility in a handsome and rugged format, it and the six other Middle Atlantic racks in the Center provide a real “inside” view of what goes on behind the scenes of an installation. Each rack emphasizes the organization implicit in the company’s approach to equipment infrastructure, a significant “wow” factor for clients according to Savant officials.

Seven Middle Atlantic racks accomplish the same dual function in Savant’s equally functional and stylish 5,000 square foot Commercial Experience Center that features a Hotel Room Suite, Telepresence/Teleconference room, Sports Bar, Distance Learning Classroom, Corporate Boardroom, and multiple Digital Signage Stations.

Middle Atlantic also plays a critical role at Savant’s main training facility located at the company’s Headquarters in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Equipped with five SRSR Series Slide Out and Rotating racks and four MRK Series racks, it is the site for weekly classes held for Savant’s integrators.

The intensive training introduces Savant’s products and methodologies in a classroom setting outfitted with Savant automation and other equipment, all fitted neatly into Middle Atlantic racks valued for their accessibility, ease of servicing and build quality.

The rest of the building includes 13 demo configuration stations that enable integrators to get hands on experience with Savant’s products and those of other manufacturers in a simulated installation.

According to Savant Director of Business Development, Bob Ross, “Effectively providing integrators with the experience they need in the short time they are here is all about efficiency. Middle Atlantic racks are a key asset in our training regimen that allows integrators quick access to the I/O connections of the products they are working with.

“After years of rigorous daily use in our training facility,” Ross continues, “Middle Atlantic Products have superseded our expectations for build quality and durability—they have held up remarkably well. So well in fact, Savant has continued to commission them around the country for our newest regional training locations.

“When it came time to select an equipment racking solution that would be prominently displayed in Savant’s NYC Experience Center and MA-based Training Headquarters, Middle Atlantic received every nomination. Savant has complete confidence working with such a universally respected organization.”

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

MSL Equips New Hed Kandi Brighton With Wall-To-Wall Martin Audio

Following the success of Hed Kandi’s inaugural bar in Clapham earlier this year, installation company MSL has again chosen Martin Audio as its preferred loudspeaker brand for the new Hed Kandi flagship bar which opened recently in Brighton.

Situated on West Street in the City’s bustling Lanes area, the former Luminar-owned Tru Nightclub has been completely overhauled and redesigned by Julian Taylor Associates with MSL entrusted with the full audio visual installation—including a high-impact Martin Audio system, networked across two floors.

Part of the Ministry of Sound Group of companies, Hed Kandi has become a globally recognized brand with club events all over the world and a huge music catalog over many dance music genres. It was the Ministry’s then technical manager Alex Barrand who recommended MSL and Martin Audio on the strength of its performance at the premier London dance club, where it is used exclusively.

MSL project managers Darrel Olivier and Bradley Watson teamed up to produce a comprehensive solution for the main bar area, seated booths, VIP areas and basement Shooter Bar, while Olivier produced a lighting and video solution, utilising a wide range of LED static and moving fixtures, to further enhance the public spaces.

Once the integrators realized the priority that the operators wished to give to the sound reinforcement, 15 wall-mounted Martin Audio AQ8 (8” LF + 1” HF) full range enclosures were specified to provide punchy coverage throughout the ground floor space, while the low frequency extension is delivered using four floor-standing Martin Audio AQ212 (2 x 12”) and a single Martin Audio AQ210 (2 x 10”) sub bass enclosures.

The reception spaces, outside facade and the Shooter Bar have all been provided for, with four Martin Audio ultra-compact C4.8T ceiling enclosures, while the next phase will see the addition of an AQ112 sub (1 x 12”)—plus separate DJ input—downstairs in the basement.

A BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 manages the backbone of the audio system, with a pair of BLU-BOB expansion extenders providing the additional outputs required for the multi zone site (along with remote BLU-3 and BLU-8 control panels).

DJ’s upstairs are equipped with a top-specification booth which also includes a pair of Martin Audio Blackline F8+ (8” + 1”) high power enclosures for DJ monitoring upstairs.

“Martin Audio was recommended because it’s a proven product, with longevity and reliability, and they were happy to go down that route,” said Bradley Watson. “Although it’s not a nightclub it needs nightclub type levels — and they were very comfortable with the brand.”

MSL senior project manager Darrel Olivier, working with Julian Taylor Associates meanwhile developed a comprehensive architectural and moving light solution while a Mitsubishi 4500 lumens DP projector and full Kramer Electronics transmission equipment complete the lighting and video solution, allowing the operators to project in full HD a wide variety of media.

The complete system, from the architectural LED to the ceiling mounted moving heads, are all programmed and managed by a ShowCAD Artist 512 control system, with a 19” touch screen display monitor and an Edirol MIDI keyboard for instant scene and sequence recall.

True to its signature style the Brighton bar decor showcases the stunning Hed Kandi girls and glamorous party nightlife. And with the dance brand’s world famous DJs playing through the Martin Audio house system, Hed Kandi Operations Director, Phil Faversham, expects this to quickly become Brighton’s hottest party destination.

All photography kindly provided by Charles Turner
www.charles-turner.com

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.

Middle Atlantic Debuts RackLink™ Suite of Power Management Products

RackLink™ Power Management System

Fairfield, NJ––Providing installers with flexible, intelligent power monitoring and management for AV systems, Middle Atlantic is announcing the RackLink™ suite of products that feature extensive monitoring and preemptive support functions. RackLink products are the first of their kind that are capable of maintaining AV system reliability through automatic actions that include automatic reboot, turning on emergency fans and shutting down equipment for safety in overload or over-temperature conditions.

Designed from the integrator’s point of view, the RackLink system can be configured and managed for any level system ranging from simple to complex: it can be managed locally or remotely via its standard browser-based user interface and integrates easily with control systems via its open-architecture API. Accessibility ranges from local to RS-232, remote IP and web browser. Free mobile apps that provide instantaneous insight and control of any installed RackLink system are available for iPhone/ iPad and Android devices.

In addition to offering essential functions expected of any power management system, including local, remote and automatic reboot of individual outlets and dry contacts, the RackLink system also provides proactive power management. These practical features include input voltage and temperature monitoring, as well as user-defined monitoring of thresholds and logging and issuing of email alerts if monitored values breach thresholds. All this functionality ensures that system downtime is minimized and system performance is optimized.

Key to RackLink’s practical use is its simple, plug-and-play functionality and communication flexibility. “Building the open platform architecture into RackLink was a priority,” said Murray Williams, Middle Atlantic Electrical/Electronic Product Manager “It was important for us to develop a system that offers cloud functionality without being dependent on it. The key advantage of this is its ability to integrate seamlessly into any environment regardless of the platform or communication requirements.”

RackLink units are available in 15A and 20A rackmount and in-line models, with controlled or monitor-only capabilities.

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™ Focuses Sound On Selena Gomez U.S. Tour

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Selena Gomez recently completed a successful U.S. tour of 25 cities that required a cost effective sound system with a small footprint that had to deliver uniform coverage and exceptional sound quality in a wide variety of venues.

As FOH Engineer Jason Moore explains when asked about the criteria for the PA, “We were looking for the best possible sound we could get in a small, powerful package that would allow us to find a happy medium between amphitheaters, theaters and arenas.?

Production Manager Javier Alcaraz says that, “Delicate Productions, one of the companies competing to provide audio for the tour, had asked me to listen to the Martin Audio MLA system. So I went to a demo in North Carolina where I listened to MLA and was floored. I called Jason and told him, ‘I think this is the rig for you, where we are, and more

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RSH Series Custom Rackmounts Inducted Into CEDIA Product Hall of Fame

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Indianapolis, IN–-Middle Atlantic Products’ RSH Series Custom Rackmounts became the second product to be voted into the CEDIA Product Hall of Fame following the induction of the company’s groundbreaking AXS Equipment Access System in 2009.

Recognized at CEDIA Expo 2011 based on the impact they’ve exerted on the industry for over 28 years, Middle Atlantic RSH Series Custom Rackmounts allow virtually any AV component to be installed in a standard 19? enclosure without modifications.

Each RSH unit is quickly made to order and custom cut to provide a perfect opening for the face of the component being mounted, resulting in a neatly-trimmed installation that fits perfectly with no gaps.

There are accurate details for 10,000 components, including many introduced this year, in the measured unit database available on middleatlantic.com to make ordering fast and easy. The database has grown steadily over the years thanks to the many more

Middle Atlantic Introduces Industry’s First Hardwired Rackmount UPS System

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Fairfield, NJ –– Middle Atlantic Products announced the addition of a hardwired rackmount UPS to its family of UPS systems that provides a code-compliant, cost-effective solution for seamlessly distributing battery backup power both inside and outside the rack. The first of its kind to offer hardwired input and output connections, this new UPS minimizes the chance of inadvertent or malicious disconnection making it ideal for critical applications subject to high security, those utilizing point-of-service devices like cash registers, or any environment where uptime is critical.

The new hardwired UPS also provides a code compliant solution for extending UPS backed power outside the rack, and allows an installer to securely terminate remote hardwired branch circuits directly to the UPS without requiring a transition box, saving time and money on the purchase and installation of extra materials. This feature is ideal when maintaining power to remote projectors, protecting the device and more

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