The new sub installation at the Ministry of Sound London has been developed to retain the physical presence of the famous old ‘Bertha’ enclosures. Two years on from commissioning a bespoke Martin Audio club stack, the MoS has overseen an upgrade of the sub spec entailing the installation of the new ASX units.
The latest install represents a further evolution of the venue’s sub capacity, following the loading of new 18in drivers during the most recent upgrade. In what constitutes the final stage of the club’s standardisation on the Martin Audio brand, two ASX subs have been provided for each of the six stacks, coupled with a custom-flared horn.
“The flare not only enables more output to be generated but also better horizontal directivity,” explained Martin Audio R&D director Jason Baird. “We needed to dissipate the hotspots and this did it. By angling the stacks we could get more broadband coverage.”
The resulting installation – which features a special rear box to conceal the integral amplifiers, signal and control cables – brings the frequency range down to 30Hz. Each of the 12 ASX subs is plugged into a hub that interfaces with a laptop, while Martin Audio’s Control Manager software application enables control and monitoring of all ASXs individually.
DJ Louie Vega is among those to have complimented the Ministry on its newly overhauled audio spec. “Since the new sound system went in I’ve enjoyed every minute deejaying there at our Soul Heaven Events and look forward to many more musical journeys,” he said. “Congratulations to the Ministry of Sound (and its technical manager, Alex Barrand) for once again creating a new club sound blueprint.”