CLARITY FIT MARTIN AUDIO BLACKLINE INTO LSE
Installation company Clarity in Sound Light & Vision have further consolidated their move into the student market following their installation at nearby Kings College, by completing a two-venue fit out at the London School of Economics in the Aldwych.
As a result, both the Three Tuns, a traditional ground floor bar, and Underground live music venue (in the basement) have extended their capacities (to 400 and 300 respectively). Combined with a third venue - the Quad - the LSE can now provide entertainment for 1300 people and route the signals from either of the live venues at any one time to the clientele in the bar.
Clarity director Stuart Graham again turned to Martin Audio, his first choice loudspeaker supplier, for the components in The Underground (in fact Martin Audio accoladed the Essex-based company during the recent PLASA Show, presenting them with an award for 'Best New UK installer'),
Four Blackline F12's are flown from the ceiling above the stage (on either side of the scanner lighting) while a pair of WS2A's, ground-stacked on top of each other, have been recessed into the wall to handle the sub frequencies. A further Blackline F8 enclosure provides the DJ with his reference sound.
The system has been tuned using Martin Audio's dedicated DX1 digital loudspeaker management system.
Powering the system Clarity have opted for QSC amplification, with an RMX4050HD assigned to the Wavefront subs, an RMX2450 driving the Martin Audio F12 mid-tops and an RMX850 running the F8 reference monitor.
The front-end DJ playback sees the reutilisation of the existing Vestax decks, augmented by a Denon DN-X400 mixer, which includes two digital outputs to allow the DJ to record digitally to a CD recorder or minidisc, and a Denon DN-D4000 rackmount CD/MP3 player.
Stuart Graham says, 'We use Martin Audio because their products are excellent and the support we get from the company is second to none. I can put Martin Audio into any situation and it will sound good - the Students Union are over the moon.'
The Union's Ents Manager, Doron Meyassed - who awarded the contract to Clarity - agreed. 'We've changed the layout completely in The Underground to increase utilisation, and the new sound system is unbelievable.
'We have already had a samba band, poetry and lots of disco music fed through the system, and the Live Music Society will use the Underground to present bands starting out.' There has also been considerable interest from outside agencies wishing to use the venue.
The Underground has a 3am license (Friday and Saturday), 1am (Wednesday and Thursday) and 11pm the remainder of the week. It is closed on Sunday.
Further information from:
Maureen Hayes, Martin Audio
Tel: +44 (0)1494 535312
Fax: +44 (0)1494 438669
Jerry Gilbert, JGP Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0)1707 258525
Fax: +44 (0)1707 267140