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Martin Audio line arrays equip converted Dutch music venue

Duncan Proctor 20 January 2015
Martin Audio line arrays equip converted Dutch music venue

A new three-room live music venue in Leiden, Holland has equipped each room with a Martin Audio sound system. The ‘de Nobel’ music centre was created in a converted industrial building and was previously owned by the Nobel brothers (after whom it is named).

The sound system was installed by TM Audio, which won the European public tender in early 2013. The company responded to an outline specification issued by PB Theateradviseurs and were awarded the contract based on their ability to provide premium brands including Martin Audio, whom they represent in The Netherlands.

TM Audio sales and marketing manager, Rudolf Nagtzaam commented: “We were up against three or four competitors, and were able to meet or exceed the specifications quoted.” Nagtzaam himself co-project managed the contract in conjunction with colleague Jaap Pronk.

The unique location features two main live rooms holding 700 and 300 people, along with a small café stage for acoustic singer songwriters.

The main room’s sound reinforcement features 10 W8LCi compact line array elements and six S218 subwoofers with the system driven by Powersoft amps.

In Hall 2, flown Martin Audio Blackline H3 tops are complemented by S218 subs with Martin Audio WT2 compact theatre system enclosures providing infill duties for both halls. According to Nagtzaam, a more powerful, nearfield solution was required in this location, which would cater not only for the needs of DJs and musicians, but also speech and other applications.

Finally in the café, Martin Audio’s Blackline range remained the series of choice. This set-up comprises F15 and S18 sub, while Powersoft amps and Allen & Heath mixer will be designated as part of the portable system within the complex.

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