River Audio installs Martin Audio line array at Plymouth University

River Audio has installed a new Martin Audio WPM line array in the main hall at Plymouth University.

The University wished to replace its small vocal PA with an upgraded system that would be effective not only for speech but also music and drama performance. The University’s AV technicians opted for Martin Audio’s systems after attending a live sound training course held by Martin Audio.

After reviewing various systems they selected the WPM line array and chose Base Sound sister company, River Audio, to supply and install six of the WPM tops, flown each side of the proscenium, and with a pair of WX218 subs on the ground, all running from a pair of Martin Audio iKon 8-channel amps.

As the two clusters are trimmed around 6m from the ground, they have also installed five Martin Audio CDD6s, running in mono, on the front of the stage, to deliver quality audio for those sat underneath the main clusters.

According to River Audio’s owner, Howard Williams, it had been an easy decision to recommend Martin Audio. “I have used their equipment since 1995 both for live events and on installs and have always liked their broad range of live and installation products. I also use Martin Audio to teach live sound engineering on, and it has now become my speaker of choice for installations.

“With regard to WPM they liked the discreet size, along with dispersion and power capability, and having heard other Martin systems they also liked the voicing,” continued Williams.

According to Williams, one of the benefits of the WPM is its scalable resolution. “Having taken measurements of the spec and looked at the flying positions available, myself and Jack Warren [the main Plymouth technician involved with the installation] discussed the resolutions available and then worked with Simon [Purse] at Martin Audio to get the correct angles, positions and EQ calculated so that the install could be as hassle free as possible.

“As it is being used for both conference and performing arts productions, they wanted the highest amount of control they could get, going for one-box resolution.”

The University is currently utilising the system for both presentation and performing arts events.