Martin Audio line array installed at Guildford?s G Live

Marquee Installations has recently installed sound systems and AV infrastructure for the new G Live venue in Guildford, including the FOH Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array system.

The new G Live replaces the old Civic Hall, which closed in 2004, and provides a performance hall that accommodates 1,000 in all-seat or 1,700 in seated/standing modes. The venue also incorporates a 100-seat studio space, foyers, café and bars, kitchens to provide for banqueting, seminar and meeting rooms, dressing rooms plus green room and offices.

The hall acoustics and sound systems were specified by electro-acoustic consultants Peter Mapp + Associates. The main hall now offers an Acoustic Control Systems (ACS) system, supplied by RK Sound Engineering. An invitation-only preview performance by the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra in August allowed for measurements to be taken with an audience in place and provided an opportunity for some system fine tuning. It was judged by performers and assembled industry professionals alike to be an impressive performance space.

For Marquee Installations it was a substantial project incorporating an AV infrastructure of 50 custom manufactured facility panels installed around the building, offering industry standard connectivity for video, balanced audio, Ethernet, fibre, loudspeakers, intercom and cuelights. The show relay and paging systems includes custom-made Penton loudspeakers installed throughout the back-of-house, dressing rooms and corridors. A CATV system was installed BOH for distribution of terrestrial and four internal channels, using PCs, DVDs and cameras, and a video distribution system with MUSA video patch bays installed into all racks with distribution amplifiers and monitors.

Over 200 channels of balanced mic/tie lines are incorporated into the venue’s audio distribution system, with GPO patch bays installed into all racks with distribution amplifiers and monitors.

The main auditorium FOH system, designed by Peter Mapp in consultation with Martin Audio, is a Martin Audio W8LM/W8LMD 10-element line array system with WS218X Subs, DD6 as stage infills and LE1200 stage monitors. The main system is driven by Powersoft M series amplifiers, with K10s driving the subs. QSC amplifiers are used for on the stage monitors.

DSP is handled by three Biamp Nexia SP units, providing system EQ and control, and a RED-1 remote is used for preset recall. The mixing console is a 48-channel Allen & Heath GL3800 and Marquee installations built and supplied the mobile effects rack incorporating Denon DNC635 CD player, TASCAM MD-02B MD recorder, BSS FCS966 graphic equaliser, Yamaha SPX2000 multi effects processor, Sabine FBX2400 feedback exterminator and Klark Teknik SQ1D 8-channel gate/compressor.

Rob Whittaker from Marquees Installations commented, “Projects like this involve many businesses and individuals, each with their own specialist expertise. G Live has been a great co-operation and I believe we have brought this together and delivered the best solutions and audio performance for the venue.”