Norwegian rental firm AudioLight has made a major investment in Martin Audio’s new generation products, purchasing a package that includes 32-box WPC PA, along with 12 SXH218 subwoofers and 16 XE 300 monitors, all powered by Martin Audio iKON iK42 amplifiers.
Located in Harstad and co-founded by Thomas Nordvik Olsen and Rudi Brevik, AudioLight has been a supplier of sound, lighting and staging, for small and large events across the northern part of the country for over 15 years.
The order was placed with Martin Audio distributors, Atendi AS on the opening day of this year’s ISE show in Amsterdam, and fulfilled by AudioLight head of sound, Øystein Wierli.
After fulfilling last year’s festival season, the company decided it needed a bigger PA and approached Atendi.
“First we talked about buying more W8LC but decided we wanted a bigger system that we could split in two smaller set-ups,” said Olsen. “So we started to look at what the market could offer, and after getting offers from all the major PA manufacturers we decided that Martin Audio still had the best system for our needs.”
Specifically they wanted a three-way enclosure, with 10″ low-mid drivers, which would make it smaller and easier to rig and store than their W8LC. “We also wanted a system with a lot of DSP so we could have a separate amp channel and DSP, especially on the subs,” Olsen added.
“Atendi suggested the new [XE300] monitors, so we could have the same amps on both the PA and monitors,” he continued. “As we managed to find a buyer for our old LE1200 system, we decided to go ahead. As for the SXH218, we are the first company to order it. We now have a larger system than previously, but with smaller boxes, while the SXH218 is bigger than the WLX subs we had before.”
Olsen concluded: “One of the reasons we still only run Martin Audio speakers, is because I can call Øystein at 2am and he still picks up the phone to help out in urgent situations.”