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48 l January 2014

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Focusriteand RCFhave been added to the Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance. The organisation has also completed and released OCA version 1.2 of its base specification, and forwarded it to the AES for review as part of the X210 standardization of OCA. OCA Version 1.2 enhances OCA’s ability to work with different media transport technologies, and incorporates significant feedback from early adopters.

Martin Audio AQs were chosen by contractors for the newly renovated Salcombe Harbour Hotel’s sound system. The hotel in Devon now boasts seven Martin Audio AQ6s in the lounges and six AQ8s in the bar, along with six AQ112 subwoofers. The ultra-compact AQ’s were chosen to provide the low-level quality sound during the day as well as high volume levels from the DJ mixer in the evening.

Stardraw.comhas added a major new feature, “Cable Presets”, to its design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7. The feature allows the user to fully customise the characteristics of cables, including cable colour, styling and data attributes. These personalized Cable Presets are stored on the Cloud and saved to each user’s account, allowing for easy access, on any machine. (See also cable feature, p22)

A Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeaker system has been installed in the new auditorium at the multipurpose FIBES Conference and Exhibition Centre in Seville, Spain. The system was specified by Carlos García- Diéguez Acuña of Seville-based advisory group GD Consulting.

Traction brings the bass to the Bierkeller

Manchester bar project marks the biggest install to date for Brighton-based PA builder. Dave Robinson reports

You’re promised an ‘authentic Bavarian evening’ in the Bierkeller

A TRACTION Sound PA system has recently been installed in the Bierkeller, part of a four-bar ‘Entertainment Complex’ in Manchester’s Printworks. Over 40 boxes were specified for the drinking and dancing venue, including 12 active SDS 12i Kodiak cabinets and four BP18 Atlas subs in the main ‘Bierkeller’ itself. Main control was handled by an Allen & Heath iDR system with a custom-designed user touch screen control panel

UNITED KINGDOM Community jumps in By Erica Basnicki

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA LEISURE and Tennis Centre in Essex commissioned audio specialists Soundtrack Audio Visual to design and install a sound system for its highly reverberant diving area. Having previously used Community R-Series loudspeakers, Soundtrack designed a single point source system using four Community R.5 loudspeakers.

The configuration covers all

of the required areas with no delays in sound paths. The chosen position for the cluster was also ideal, located between the main pool and the diving pool and between the two areas of gallery seating for the public. Each of the four loudspeakers

is driven by one amplifier channel so levels can be set according to the demands of the event. A Sennheiser wireless microphone system with

The diving pool also hosts a wide range of galas, requiring a high intelligibility sound system

headband mic plus CD and MP3 audio sources were also installed with a Cloud CX261 mixer and a pair of 2-channel Peavey IPR1600 amplifiers. “It meets all our needs for

audibility and ease of use with a very neat installation by Soundtrack,” said Centre manager, Anthony Thompson.

developed by RW Salt. Background music areas were all passive Traction Sound loudspeakers powered by Yamaha P series amplifiers – though they are also designed to accommodate high SPLs when required. “The Traction Sound gear

was a joy to install,” said George Ryecroft from C-Instore Installations. “Its ease of portability made the logistics really simple and the support we got from RW Salt was second to none. When it came to zoning the

system across the various rooms, we were surprised how easy it became and how user friendly the custom control was. We thought the space would be a tricky one to fill, as the venue isn’t like anything we’d done before, but the SDS Horn in the Traction boxes ensure even coverage of the unbelievably loud and undistorted sound” Paul Atherton from Traction

Sound’s distributor RW Salt added: “The Bierkeller Management team have said that the customer response to the new Traction Sound system has been outstanding. People always comment on how brilliant the bands and DJs sound! The support from all the teams involved, plus Traction Sound’s five-year warranty, really gives them the confidence in the system. They couldn’t be happier with the investment.” Traction Sound’s business development director Jonny

Traction Atlas subs put the ‘oomp’ in oompah…

Goodwillie added: “As a new brand in the market place, this is the biggest single install for us to date. It’s a stamp of approval for all the hard work we have done over the past three years to have such an experienced chain as the Bierkeller see the benefits of our SDS Horn and the exceptionally low cost of ownership our loudspeakers provide. “Having done a smaller install in the Liverpool venue previously in the year, where the venue had used a mixture of Traction Sound and a more well-known brand, the decision was made to use Traction Sound throughout the Manchester venue due to how well our boxes had performed in Liverpool. We’re looking forward to working with their team on new venues in the New Year, as they are so happy with what we’ve achieved in Manchester.”

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