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Martin Audio system ‘lifts the roof off’ new play centre

Rebound, a newly built indoor play centre in Hull, UK has been fitted with a Martin Audio CDD sound system as part of a complete AV and lighting package.

The £1m development, opened by Monkey Bizness, is primarily a trampoline park containing up to 75 trampolines, tumble tracks, foam pits, and cafeteria.

Old Barn Audio (OBA) provided the equipment for the project and handled the install, which had a brief that stated the sound system had to be specified as is for a nightclub so the venue can also host parties at night. OBA recommended Martin Audio’s CDD Coaxial Differential Dispersion installation range.

First, they equipped the ceiling of the large 35m x 40m industrial unit with 28m box truss, flown from the apex of the building. Mounted to this are six CDD15, complemented by six matched CSX118 (1 x 18in) subs, and four further CDD8 Downfill, as well as 44 automated moving lighting heads. In a separate Induction Room, where the training videos are presented on 55in LCD screens, sound is reinforced by a further four CDD8 (8in) speakers.

Phil Clark at Old Barn Audio stated: “The CDD15s are angled so they hit the balcony, and therefore the CDD8’s are pointed directly down to fill the hole in the coverage pattern. It works very well.”

OBA ensured the sound was fully optimised, using Smaart software to delay the subs and tune the room.

On the design, Clark explained: “Because it’s a trampoline room it would have been impractical to put the subs on the ground. Also the overhead rig had to go in right at the start because once the trampolines were in place it would not have been possible to gain access to the roof.”

Presets are stored in Symetrix Radius 12in/12 out DSP, with two 22in GUI’s offering intuitive touchscreen fader banks, designed for non-technical personnel. These offer multiple source selection via serial port control for lights and sound.

There is a BGM plug-in point at Reception and DJ input on the mezzanine balcony, while the client also requested a series of pre-recorded messages stating, for instance, when time is up. “This required a bespoke design for audio, lighting, which is programmed to operate via serial output codes from the Radius to a ChamSys desk, messaging and control. “

Monkey Bizness general manager, Wendy Donnelly added: “I asked OBA to ‘lift the roof off the building’ with the sound system as I wanted to attract a more teenage market as well as youngsters with the sound levels. They have done that and more; in fact we’re probably not reaching a third of the system’s capacity.

“OBA are an amazing bunch of people to work with. It’s phenomenal what they have given us and we’ve received a number of highly positive comments, including one from the owner of a local nightclub who was extremely impressed with our state of the art sound system.”

Martin Audio