UK: Hawthorn Theatrical have chosen Martin Audio AQ speakers in their design model for some of the new City Academies. The company will provide a full technical infrastructure, consisting of sound, light, projection and control.
The most recently commissioned system is at Northampton Academy, which has been designed around four spaces – the main assembly hall, two drama studios and a dance studio.
In the main 350-capacity assembly hall the system – comprising a pair of AQ15s, four AQ12s (as delays) and a pair of AQ212 subs – is under AMX wireless touch control from the lectern (this in turn controls the Allen & Heath iDR8 DSP which stores all the loudspeaker parameters). Aside from requiring a high degree of speech intelligibility, the main hall will also feature music presentation and the screening of films (via the Hawthorn-supplied big screen) – all of which are within the scope of the AQ series.
Behind the main hall is a giant ‘air’ wall which can be opened up to reconfigure the performance spaces and integrate the drama studios into one huge area – all under the control of the Allen & Heath live mixing desk.
Each drama studio is equipped with four bar-mounted AQ10s while the dance area sees another pair of AQ12s, supported by a pair of Martin’s cost-effective two-way workhorses, the Blackline F12s, forming a complete portable rig.