The Ministry of Sound nightclub, which uses Martin Audio sound systems exclusively throughout its London venue, has installed 16 of the company’s new CDD15 (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) installation speakers in the ceiling of ‘The Box’, its premier dance room.
The installation will enable the club to utilise Dolby Atmos sound technology for events, the first of which sees Hospital Records present ‘Ultrasound’ live on 23 January, utilising 22 Martin Audio loudspeaker channels.
“When Dolby decided to introduce Dolby Atmos to the club world they were looking for a flagship venue to showcase it. We were approached both as a business and a music company – but more importantly we already had a six-point system set up, and The Box is an acoustically treated space – so it was a perfect fit,” explains Ministry of Sound production manager Chris Thoms.
“We told Dolby we wanted to maintain consistency with Martin Audio, so I contacted Jason Baird [Martin Audio’s R&D director]. We discussed various options and he recommended the CDD15 because of its coverage and power output – and the fact that it could compete with the SPL level of our existing stacks and give us enough punch.”
The installation proved challenging due to an already congested ceiling. “It’s very tight because we have all the H&V and lot of fixtures up there. In that respect the mounting options on the CDD were useful – half the speakers are on yokes and a few are on steel suspensions. They are set at a uniform distance of 2.3m apart in a grid because they have to be close together to provide the best coverage for spatial elements,” Thoms explains.
Lohan Presencer, CEO, Ministry of Sound, adds: “The sound system in The Box is the best in any nightclub anywhere in the world – but for our 25th anniversary next year, we wanted to raise the bar even higher. Dolby Atmos allows our patrons to experience the future of dance music, creating multidimensional soundscapes the likes of which have never been heard before in a nightclub environment.”