Iconic London landmark, The Clapham Grand, is in the process of a technical upgrade that includes the installation of a Martin Audio W8LC Compact Line Array, reinforced with multiple Martin Audio AQ architectural loudspeakers.
Designed to reposition the 1250-capacity, 100-year-old Victorian theater from a pure party/dance venue to a leading-edge live circuit venue, live music and promotions manager Richard Beck called in F1:Sound Company Limited to carry out the refit.
With the venue spread across three floors, Martin Audioâ€™s proprietary DISPLAYâ„¢ predictive software helped the installer in getting the sound, from just four elements per side, firing evenly across the ground floor and to the rear of the first floor balcony (the two usable spaces). Low extension is provided off the stage by six WS218X subs, ground-stacked in threes stage left and right.
â€œRichard had wanted a PA that would maximize sight lines to
the stage,â€? explained Matt Bate of F1, â€œHe always favored Martin Audio, as he knew this was a good system.â€?
Technical manager Dan Huxley added, â€œWe wanted an industry-standard system that was recognized by incoming productions, so they had the confidence to play through the house rig. But at the same time the system needed to be multipurpose, as we are still utilizing the venue for club and DJ nights â€” and this produces a thumping dance sound.â€?
F1:Sound Co have bolstered the main system with 14 ultra-compact AQ5â€™s (each with two 5.25in ICTâ„¢ drivers); six deployed to cover the upper two tiers of the middle balcony, and eight for under-balcony on the ground floor, where additional power is provided by a pair of AQ10â€™s (with 10in bass driver) near the bar. Independently operated and owned, the venue launched its new live music program with an appearance by Jamie Cullum, who played through the new house system.
The Martin Audio installation has been an unqualified success and Richard Beck says he believes this to be the best live sound he has ever heard in a London venue.
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