Weather Resistant Speakers Are Ideal For Outside Sound

We get many calls from prospective customers asking how to increase the level and quality of their sound to all areas of their business. Weather Resistant Speakers Are Ideal For Outside SoundMany do not realise that, as Martin Audio sub-distributors, we actually sell speakers that can be installed to the exterior walls of a property. Weather resistant speakers are ideal for outside sound and will only go towards enhancing your music and sound quality.

Martin Audio CDD-WR loudspeakers meet a rating of IP54 and feature a weatherised water resistant grille made from zinc plated mild steel with a powder coated finish. This series of quality speakers and subwoofers by Martin Audio have been designed for outdoor operation, where it will be subject to changing environmental conditions. We would still however, recommend they be sheltered from direct exposure to the elements. Weatherised mounting brackets are also available to further enhance the speakers.

Ideal applications include outdoor restaurants, bars and hotel areas as well as near field systems in outdoor stadia, transport hubs, concourses and theme parks.

Weather Resistant Speakers Are Ideal For Outside SoundOld Barn Audio have already worked with these weather resistant speakers on numerous projects, including a national league south east football club as well as many bars and restaurants, where there is an external seating area. This market is consistently growing as there is a growing need to offer something extra for summer evenings, by clubs, bars & restaurants. Schools are also increasing their demand for outside weather resistant speaker systems, where students will need access to messages and regular information, when in the playground or  anywhere externally.

These Weather Resistant speakers are ideal for outside sound and are just another way to prove Martin Audio offers quality products that will benefit your business in whatever location and genre you may be promoting.

If you are interested in having a range of weather resistant speakers installed into your premises, then please either call us on 01892 752246 or get in touch via email or our enquiry form. Having many years of experience in all types of business, we create a bespoke system that will be most beneficial to both your budget and venue.

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Lovelight Buys Martin Audio Speakers

Throughout the UK, we have built great relationships with other companies. We work hard to create a professional rapport with large and small companies alike and always look to see how we can help other businesses in either growing, or perhaps just a one off for an event. We have know Lovelight Entertainment for quite a while now and find them a really great company to deal with, totally professional and offering a top class service to all their customers.

A wedding event company who supply everything relating to a wedding reception, from the DJ, to the dance floor, sound and lighting as well as all the extra touches that make a wedding really personal to the bride and groom. Lovelight Entertainment work with some really high quality companies and wedding venues and Old Barn Audio are proud to be a part of this. When Dean came to us about buying a range of new speakers, then we were only too happy to help.

Lovelight Buys Martin Audio SpeakersLovelight wanted to buy a range of CDD Live! from Martin Audio, the specialists in quality speaker systems. CDD Live! are the best in portable yet high quality speakers and are taking the world by storm – ideal for companies that need portability as well as great sound. And at a wedding or other event, then this is exactly what is needed.

In total, Lovelight Entertainment have bought:

Having CDD Live speakers will enable the company to offer a “plug in and play” option, whilst giving exceptional sound quality.

Whilst working within one of their regular wedding venues, Lovelight Entertainment carried out a demonstration of their Martin Audio MLA Mini they purchased from Old Barn Audio in 2016. The venue was blown away by the sound created by the MLA Mini  (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array): an ultra-compact, lightweight design, giving an ideal solution for both live and installed sound. From this demonstration by Lovelight, a further MLA Mini was then sold to the wedding venue!

Lovelight Buys Martin Audio SpeakersThis is what Dean from Lovelight Entertainment has to say about Old Barn Audio:

“Phil and the guys from Old Barn Audio are always extremely willing to help and get things sorted, even to short deadlines; arranging demonstrations so the customer is always happy with their purchase. They offer a great service and we would recommend them to anyone.”

If you are looking to achieve high quality sound in your venue, then get in touch with Old Barn Audio, either on 01892 752246, by email or with our enquiry form.

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PA Hire For The Scumrun

Occasionally Old Barn Audio are asked to work for a charitable event and these are normally fun jobs to do, as it is something quite different. The Scumrun is organised by Jess and Ed and is a yearly charity event. Each year they pick a different children’s charity and this year the chosen charity was for “Together For Short Lives“. Normally raising around £100,000 for the chosen charity, this makes it an extremely fun event for all but for a really worthwhile cause.

PA Hire For The ScumrunThe Scumrun is a “Gumball Rally” style event where they invite cars to take part in a 5 day rally, kicking off in the UK and travelling across Europe for 5 days, finishing once again in the UK. Unlike the Gumball Rally, which is for the rich and famous with expensive cars, these cars are “decorated” but none are worth over £500.

With the Scumrun, they take you a magical mystery tour of routes across Europe and this year one of the venues they visited was the Barcelona Grand Prix!

It was actually the charity who approached Old Barn Audio, as they needed a great sound system that could be set up and taken down again within 24 hours, for the launch event on the morning of 11 May 2017.

That 80s Rock Show were performing, alongside the 80s veteran Timmy Mallett.

So off went the guys from Old Barn Audio on Wednesday afternoon up to Southborough, where the rally was leaving from. They took along with them:

They set up on Wednesday evening and then were back again by 6.30am the next morning for a soundcheck with the band. This was all completed by 7.45. The band played a couple of 1/2 hour sets, with Timmy Mallett performing in between. It was all over by 11, once the cars had left, but what a great morning!  So much fun to see all the different cars and the way they had been modified. It was a shame that Thomas The Tank Engine didn’t quite make it though…

Take a look at some of the pictures from the day:

We have decided that we will be entering the Scumrun in 2018! Watch this space…

If you have an event you are organising and need some top quality PA Hire, then please contact Old Barn Audio on either 01892 752246, via an email or through our enquiry form.

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Private Sound System Installation

This is a nice job to do and comes alongside the Honeypot sound system installation we have just completed. The owner has now requested that we install a private sound system installation into his home.

private sound system installationEven though this is, in theory, a very simple install, to enable ease of use it has taken some thought and research to offer the best solution.  As the house will be used by all the family requiring different music, each zone needs to be independently controlled to allow each user to either play their own or switch off music that isn’t required in each zone.  Consequently, we have designed a 9-zone system to cater for all and enable future proofing of the system.

The house has been designed as follows :

Martin Audio CDD10-WRThe NuVo system we are installing is a professional Wi-Fi solution for high-end audio installs and we have used them in many situations like this, for their ease of use.  Each unit has built in amplifiers, capable of easily powering ceiling speakers and the capability of controlling three zones.  The outdoor Martin Audio CDD Weathr Resistant speakers, being far more powerful, still use the zoning capabilities, but we use a professional Crown XTi 1002 amplifier to ensure they are controlled and powered correctly.

Ohm CL-3T ceiling speakersThe user interface will be from an iPhone or iPad tablet with a very simple user interface that can use either USB/NAS drive music or streaming from Spotify, Napster, TuneIn, etc.  It will be controlled via its own network but, to ensure Spotify, Napster, etc. is used efficiently over Wi-Fi and not using a 3G/4G network, we will be taking a port from the Wi-Fi modem once it is installed.

Over the years we have installed a few private sound system installations and this is definitely an area of our business that is growing. Normally, most of our work is sound and lighting installations into nightclubs, bars, restaurants as well as theatres, churches, schools or sporting stadiums.

If you are looking for a fantastic private sound system installation with extremely knowledgeable engineers, who have many years of experience and can advise you of the most efficient system for your needs, then please get in touch. Either through our enquiry form or by calling us on 01892 752246.

We look forward to hearing from you…

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Honeypot Upgrades Its Sound System

Yesterday saw Phil and Doug off to Maidenhead to The Honeypot. John Sennett had contacted Old Barn as he had been recommended to get in touch. The club already had Martin Audio speakers and John spoke to Phil about upgrading to new equipment, to enhance the quality of the sound in his club.

Honeypot Upgrades Its Sound SystemJohn requested a like-for-like install with the three existing speakers being replaced by Martin Audio CDD10 install speakers.  These Martin Audio speakers offer full range sound throughout the club with a huge uplift in quality, performance and dispersion.  John requested they all be hidden in the ceiling voids to keep clean lines aesthetically.

We changed the existing zoning system and amplifiers with new models from Cloud and Crown with all room equalisation being carried out via the internal processing tools on the digital Crown amplifiers.  We augmented the three new Martin Audio CDD10 speakers with a dedicated Martin Audio CSX118 sub speaker to be positioned in the amp room with a hole cut into the wall and a mesh installed to cover the hole to let the bass frequencies into the room.

The Cloud processor we used is a 3-zone model – one zone for the front speakers, the second zone is the rear speaker and third zone, the new sub speaker.  This way, the entire room has been tailored to suit their needs.  The three new volume controls have been positioned behind the bar to replace what originally existed.

So in summary, Old Barn Audio installed:

If you own or run a nightclub, pub or restaurant and are looking for a fantastic sound system with extremely knowledgeable engineers, who have many years of experience and can advise you of the most efficient system for your needs, then please get in touch. Either through our enquiry form or by calling us on 01892 752246.

We look forward to hearing from you…

 

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Kevin McNally Joins Old Barn Audio

Old Barn Audio are growing their team. Kevin McNally will be joining the company on 1 May 2017 and brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts.

Kevin McNally and Phil ClarkKevin has more than 25 years’ experience with companies such as Martin Audio, EAW and Bose, and more recently the Music Group. While seeking a return to his roots of installation and professional sales, he has taken on the role of Business Development Manager, which will encompass the growth of OBA’s install section of the business.

The introduction of unrepresented professional audio brands to the UK market will also be something McNally will spearhead within his role.

Neil, Phil and Kevin go back to his days at EAW and Martin Audio and they have always had a great and open relationship. They have completed many site visits and system designs together over the years and when they asked him to join them they could all see that this could be a great opportunity to strengthen the Old Barn Audio team and match everyones’ aspirations.

‘Kevin’s knowledge and connections within the industry will greatly boost our next five-year plan and ensure that our growth continues. We are excited for him to join the team.’ quoted by Phil, Director of Old Barn Audio.

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Another Successful Church Sound System

Old Barn Audio have nearly finished another successful church sound system. This one is St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, over in Kent.

In many churches there is already a sound system. Old Barn Audio will always try and use as much of the original equipment where possible, keeping the cost to a minimum and saving precious money for the church.

Speakers

The existing speakers have been retained, although we have moved them up around 12” to tidy up the lengths of cable hanging over the stone capitals. An additional speaker will be added to serve the rear of church area behind the glass wall. A second has been added to serve the balcony.

Induction Loop

This has remained but the cable has been re-routed from where it currently travels across the wooden beam above the developed kitchen area to a more subtle positioning.

Microphones

The microphones have been replaced although the plug-in headset has remained, as it is compatible with current radio systems.

We advised not using a standard hand held radio microphone on the lectern as they are not designed for this purpose. The ideal solution is a purpose designed gooseneck lectern microphone with a radio attachment – high quality audio and no cables. The existing drop outs they have experienced in the past with their radio microphone system will no longer occur once the new systems are fitted.

We have supplied a new worship leader radio system with lapel or headset microphone options and a lectern microphone. There is also expansion room in the system for additional microphones / instruments as desired. We have installed 3 microphones and instrument plug in points at the front of the church. These are linked directly to the sound mixer and numbered for ease of reference.

Wireless Sound Mixer.

The ideal solution in a building like this, is a wireless sound mixer stored out of sight. It requires no cables and has a wide operating range, which is excellent for on board audio facilities. It is simple to operate and it can then be accessed from anywhere in the church via an iPad. The iPad is stored on the face of the mixer where it is charged. For everyday services where no system operation is required the system can just be switched on and used. For services where operation is required simply remove the iPad and carry out the operation discreetly from anywhere in the church.

Pre-recorded music for weddings / funerals etc.

The sound mixer now has inputs for a CD player, MP3 player, iPad or iPhone. Music can be streamed from any wi-fi device or stored and accessed from a memory stick. As time moves on virtually all music will be played from wi-fi devices or memory sticks so this is a future proof method, unlike a CD player, which will probably become redundant in the not too distant future.

Video

As the church in Davington is modest in size, video may be used in different formats, so the ideal solution is a large flat screen on a wheeled frame. Modern SMART screens are falling in price whilst rising in quality every day. They have very high resolution, lots of on board connectivity and can be linked to the Internet. Then a computer can be used to relay words or photos, a DVD player or storage device for films, or transmit / receive services across the globe in real time via the Internet.

Ancillaries

All equipment will be kept in the existing secure cabinet and permanently cabled.

The lectern microphone will be simple to operate and far more effective than the current system. Using a headset will be more effective, as the sonic performance is better than lapel microphones, which are notoriously temperamental.

A Typical Installation such as this includes:

  • 2 x Martin Audio CDD5TX speakers
  • 1 x UHF radio microphone system
  • 1 x radio aerial extender / booster
  • 1 x lectern microphone
  • 1 x radio system for above with plug in transmitter
  • 1 x 12-channel wireless sound mixer
  • 1 x wi-fi router for above
  • 3 x microphone / instrument plug in points
  • All cables / connectors and fittings as required
  • Crop loop cable and re-route
  • 1 x 50” flat screen HD TV
  • 1 x wheeled stand for above

All Old Barn Audio installations are fully guaranteed for 2 years and are fully insured.

If you are in charge of organising better sound for your church then please get in touch, either through our contact form or by calling 01892 752246.

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Pub in Lewes Takes on Martin Audio

Old Barn Audio are looking forward to this new project. A great Harveys pub in Lewes takes on Martin Audio, which will make lunchtime interesting – the guys at Old Barn Audio occasionally love a half of Harveys!

The Swan Pub in Lewes is a very long standing pub and a lot of their focus is about music. They host many open mic nights, inviting lots of budding artists to come and perform, ensuring the pub is kept busy every evening. Including top notch food for many different publicised speciality evenings, this Lewes pub is a real winner and OBA are looking forward to the install.

Pub in Lewes Takes on Martin AudioThis bar sound installation will include:

It will also include plug in points for the bar iPod, turntables, microphone and a party iPod. It will then ensure they have fantastic sound throughout all sections of the pubs, including a quieter area where there will be effective and subtle background music; through to the livelier bar, where the live music will be enjoyed by all.

Lewes is an interesting town; the county town of Lewes and steeped in history, host to many lovely venues and Old Barn Audio have worked in a few, from play areas to pubs. Pub in Lewes Takes on Martin AudioIt will be a nice local project for Old Barn Audio to work on as well, which is always a bonus!

If you own or run a pub or restaurant in the UK and are looking for a fantastic sound system with extremely knowledgeable engineers, who have many years of experience and can advise you of the most efficient system for your needs, then please get in touch. Either through our enquiry form or by calling us on 01892 752246.

We look forward to hearing from you…

 

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Private Nightclub Video Upload

When we love a job that we work on, we ask our videographer James Cox to compile the elements that have made it a great project to work on.

So this private nightclub was a good one to video; to promote the products we used – Martin Audio as well as Crown Amplifiers and then showcase a little of what the project was about:

Old Barn Audio work in many nightclubs as well as bars and restaurants, installing quality sound and lighting.

If you have a project, such as this, that you would like us to be involved with, then please call us on 01892 752246 or get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you…

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Great Testimonial from Hillview School

It is always nice to get good feedback. As you know, a couple of weeks ago, Old Barn Audio spent the day with the students of Hillview School, at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge, for their annual Stars in their Eyes evening.

This is what Tim Robertson, Head of Music from the school, had to say about Old Barn:

“We use oldbarnaudio every year for our school ‘Stars in their Eyes’ concert.
The professionalism and quality of sound from Phil and Neil is always outstanding and it’s safe to say it wouldn’t be the same without them.
This year we had a full professional band on stage with the singers and everyone commented how amazing it sounded on stage and out front of house.
I can totally recommend oldbarnaudio and we will continue to use them for our concerts in the future.”

Tim Robertson
Head of Music
Hillview School for Girls

Thanks Tim and we look forward to next year…

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