MARTIN LINE ARRAY INSTALLED AT £3.2M ASSEMBLY
September 2008 Issue 109
A famous Grade II-listed building in Leamington Spa has reopened as the vibrant multi-purpose Assembly venue, featuring Martin Audio line array reinforcement, following a £3.2m investment.
With Leamington Sight & Sound (LSS) providing all the technical infrastructure (and acting as main A/V contractors), The Assembly has undergone a major transformation, with celebrity interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen helping to turn the former Gala Bingo site into a 1,000-capacity entertainment venue.
Given a brief to provide an infrastructure that would make The Assembly Warwickshire’s premier music venue, LSS MD Ian Potter and his installation manager Colin Bannister began the task of specifying the best solution. Due to the operational needs of the venue, an extremely versatile system was required to cover from speech only to full music production.
Aside from the performance of Martin Audio’s W8LM mini line array it was the support from the company’s national sales manager Simon Bull — and the use of Martin’s Display predictive software — that won the order.
Since coverage needs to extend to the balcony, two hangs of five W8LCs have been installed on each side of the proscenium arch, with a W8LMD downfill box at the base. This allows the two top enclosures to fire into the balcony, while at the base the W8LMD provides excellent nearfield coverage.
Four S218X subs are recessed under the stage in two stacked pairs — while up on stage 10 of Martin’s new low-profile LE1500s provide the best reference monitoring a musician can get. “We have also supplied a pair of F215’s for either drum- or side-fill,” continued Potter.
The monitor system revolves around three biamped feeds with the remainder run passively. LSS has used end-to-end Martin Audio control, including amplification and a pair of dedicated DX1 system processors.
Up on stage, the 10 LE1500s are powered by Martin MA1.6 amps with the stage fills assigned to an MA900 (in bridged mode). At FOH, four MA2.8s amps run the mid tops, with an MA12K handling the subs.
The delivery of this project represents nearly two years’ development time. Bannister recalled that when he first went on site and conducted RT60 measurements it revealed a 5.4sec reverberation time — due largely to the plaster-domed ceiling.
“But the acoustics have changed as the infrastructure developed and it’s now down to less than a second. We still get secondary reflections because of the arches but we cannot make this building acoustically better — merely provide compensation.”
The Martin Audio rig is part of a highly-specified package that includes main system control, and digital FOH and monitor consoles. For lighting, LSS has also installed an Avolites Pearl Expert console and DMX lines with RDM capability, and Cat5 cable.