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Martin Audio line array leads three room fit-out in new Leiden venue

Martin Audio line array leads three room fit-out in new Leiden venue
Martin Audio line array leads three room fit-out in new Leiden venue

The Netherlands – A new three room live music venue has been created in a converted industrial building in Leiden, Holland.

Previously owned by the Nobel brothers (after whom it is named), the new ‘de Nobel’ local government-owned music centre will be operated by LVC (Leiden Leisure Centre).

The sound system installation was carried out by TM Audio, who participated successfully in a European public tender in early 2013. The company responded to an outline specification issued by PB Theateradviseurs and were awarded the contract based on their ability to provide premium brands — including Martin Audio, whom they represent in The Netherlands.

According to TM Audio sales and marketing manager, Rudolf Nagtzaam, “We were up against three or four competitors, and were able to meet or exceed the specifications quoted.” Nagtzaam himself co-project managed the contract in conjunction with colleague Jaap Pronk.

The unique location features two main live rooms — respectively holding 700 and 300 people — along with a small café stage for acoustic singer songwriters.

Each room is equipped with a Martin Audio sound system. The main room’s sound reinforcement features ten W8LCi Compact line array elements and six S218+ subwoofers — recommended as offering the best combination of price and specification. The system is driven by Powersoft amps.

In Hall 2, flown Martin Audio Blackline H3+ tops are again complemented by S218+ subs — with Martin Audio WT2 compact theatre system enclosures providing infill duties for both halls. According to Nagtzaam, a more powerful, nearfield solution was required in this location, which would cater not only for the needs of DJs and musicians, but also speech and other applications.

Finally in the Café, Martin Audio’s Blackline range again remained the series of choice. This set-up comprises F15+ and S18+ sub, while Powersoft amps and Allen & Heath mixer will be designated as part of the portable system within the complex.

The building itself has a fascinating history. Originally conceived as a factory for making blankets, the premises were later taken over by the Nobel Brothers, who traded rags, tatters and 'old metals'. Abandoned in 1987, it was later repurposed several times before appearing in its current guise following a new infrastructure created by EHA Architects. At the same time, the LVC were being forced to leave their Aalkarkt base, because of new planned project developments, and hence the Nobel now provides them with a perfect new location.

photos: Coen Bastiaanssen

20th January 2015

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