Audio equipment manufacturers Cambridge Audio have opened a fully equipped music venue below their London HQ, with Warner Music picking the space for the first official listening session of David Bowie's unreleased 1974 album The Gouster.
Named Melomania, the unlicensed space is for private 'invitation only' events and can cater for up to 200 guests and includes a fully equipped DJ booth and a stage for bands.
POLARaudio supplied a Mackie DC16 Control Surface – the first to be sold in the UK. The set up was completed with an XTA DP 448 Digital PA System Controller.
Sam Meredith is quality assurance engineer at Cambridge Audio, as well as the lead singer in the house band.
He says: "As a technology based company, we like to keep an eye on any new technology surrounding music as a whole, not just hi-fi. When the house band was formed we chose the DL806 to be used for rehearsals and mid-size gigs as it allowed us to wirelessly control the sound from stage along with giving us the processing and effects of a much larger digital desk. When the problem of needing a larger mixer for the venue came up, the DL32R was a no-brainer, as we could continue using the interface we knew but be able to mic up and live record a full band.
“As great as using the iPad app is to be able to walk around the room making adjustments to the mix, any sound engineer knows that there's nothing like having some physical buttons and knobs in front of you to control everything. This is why we jumped on the DC16 when we heard about it…
“The rack mountable DL32R means it can easily be stored with all the system amps etc, saving precious space in a mid-size venue. The use of the app as an additional control point means that the bands on stage can have a hand in mixing their own monitors making life a lot easier and happier on stage!”