Advanced Martin Audio Cinema System At New Â£35m Aylesbury Theater
When Northern Light won a competitive bid to provide an advanced technical infrastructure for the new Â£35 million Aylesbury Waterside Theater, the company set out to design a fully-integrated system that was versatile, reconfigurable and able to carry out remote system diagnostics over a LAN via the resident PC.
Evenly dispersed sound was of paramount importance, since Aylesbury has three audience tiers (including fixed-seating balcony and upper balcony levels) and optional ground floor seating wagons to enable the 1200-seat auditorium to convert into a larger 1800-capacity standing space.
Thus Northern Light project manager Simon Cooper decided to base his sound reinforcement solution around Martin Audioâ€™s purpose-designed Wavefront theater systems.
For the primary system, he chose 14 purpose designed WT3 arrayable 3-way compact theatre enclosures. These are designed
in three vertical pairs on either side of the proscenium arch, focused onto each balcony, with a single enclosure at the base. The proscenium system is complemented by a centre cluster of seven W3P arrayable compact enclosures to provide true L/C/R imaging, while two WS18X subs, either side of the stage, add LF extension.
Providing stage fills are Martin Audio WT15s, while high up the building four WT2s and a pair of S18(F) subs are mounted on the second lighting bridge to form the delay system for the second balcony. Finally, under-balcony support is provided by Martin Audioâ€™s C6.8T ceiling speakers, six on each level.
Martin Audio amplifiers drive the main PA system, which is situated in a rack room close to the proscenium arch in order to reduce cable runs. These consist of 13 x MA5.2K, 2 x MA12K and 1 x MA1.3s, while the Martin Audio ceiling speakers reside on a separate circuit.
Explaining his choice of system Simon Cooper stated that he had previous experience of seeing WT3â€™s designed in a similar configuration â€” and his concept received the full support of Martin Audioâ€™s Peter Child, who assisted with the design.
In addition to the sound, Cooper realized that with Ambassador Theater Group (ATG), the UKâ€™s largest theater group, running the venue, visual reinforcement would also need to be world class, since the Aylesbury Waterside would be a circuit venue for the nationâ€™s UKâ€™s top touring productions.
In each instance, he evolved a solution to match challenges, which included networking through two lighting bridges and a fore stage, plus servicing ancillary areas such as a second, 225-capacity studio/function space, a foyer and a number of dressing rooms requiring show calls. All this is within an extraordinarily high, seven-story building â€” measuring 25.27m from stage level to fly tower â€” with an orchestra pit and motorized floor.
Finally, the integration company has succeeded in delivering a production infrastructure, which will enable the client, Aylesbury Vale District Council, to decommission its old Civic Hall in favor of this magnificent multi-cultural arts centre, and kick start the new development in the town center.
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