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Martin Audio system added to Belgian university ‘Lab’

The ArtScienceLab within the new De Krook building in the Belgian city of Ghent has had a full AV fit-out, with Martin Audio CDD series selected for the lab’s audio.

The facility, which is an initiative of the City of Ghent, Ghent University and IMEC, includes a library and has been designed as an open house for all citizens to use.

De Krook was designed by Ghent-based Coussee & Goris Architecten and Spanish Catalan firm, RCR Arquitectes, to resemble a stack of horizontal plateaus. Martin Audio’s Belgian distributor, FACE, presented the successful technical bid for the ArtScienceLab’s AV, responding to a tender document issued by IPEM.

In proposing the Martin Audio CDD series for the Lab, FACE met the requirements for a loudspeaker with horizontal dispersion of 120° and high SPL from a compact enclosure, in order to reproduce live music and immersive sound research taking place in the Lab. The system, comprising 64 pole-mounted CDD6 (6.5in) Coaxial Differential Dispersion speakers, is driven and processed by Powersoft amplification over a Dante network. Martin Audio CSX118BF 18in compact direct radiating powered subwoofers provide low frequency extension.

The installation will also be used for wave field synthesis, a spatial audio rendering technique.

The new facility, set over 18,000sqm, will be used by the research groups for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (MICT of the Department of Communication Sciences), Culture & Education (Department of Educational Sciences), IPEM, and IDLab (Internet and Data Lab), all of which will be operating from there.

The technical installation was project managed by FACE’s Steven Kemland and Stijn Vermeiren.