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Martin Audio upgrade for Lithuanian theatre

The grand hall of the Juozas Miltinis Theatre in Lithuania has been upgraded with a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision (WPM) line array, recently accoladed with a Queen’s Award for Innovation

Martin Audio has revealed details of a recent install of its Wavefront Precision (WPM) line array by Audiotonas at the 400-person capacity Juozas Miltinis Theatre in Lithuania.

“The performance was not acceptable by today’s standards, and so the theatre wanted a high-tech sound system in which performance features could be optimised according to the architecture of the room,” explained Audiotonas chief audio engineer and system designer, Vytautas Stasiukaitis. “As the most cost-efficient system which met all the requirements of the theatre, Wavefront Precision was the way to go.”

It was the facility’s first experience with Martin Audio and the sound engineers of Miltinis Drama Theatre were certainly impressed. “This was particularly the case after we installed and tuned the system with DISPLAY software,” continued Stasiukaitis. “The intelligibility, consistency and frequency response were outstanding throughout the entire audience area. We set the back wall as a ‘Hard Avoid’ area because there was no acoustic treatment on the wall and that helped to maintain excellent audio performance with minimum reflections.”

The Grand Hall is a single tier layout with raked seating. “We could see this as a perfect opportunity for a WPM installation,” Stasiukaitis said. “We provided 12 modules per side, which is why we did not need front fills; the location of the hangs itself and the quantity of modules ensured coverage of the front rows. Also, the size [of the enclosures] and overall performance made this the perfect choice.”

The mid-highs were underpinned by six SX118 subwoofers, with custom-made hardware enabling them to be flown near the main hangs. In addition, two CDD8s and four Martin Audio XE300 were used, with the main PA running off a pair of iKON iK42 amplifiers, set to three-box resolution.

The overall system upgrade also includes a new mixing desk, stageboxes, microphones and audio editing software, with all audio distribution via Dante. The amplifier racks were split into two sets in order to keep the same cable lengths running to the left and right side hangs.