Salesian College Grows Their Audio

Salesian College in Farnborough is a historical boys school, going back to the start of the 1900s. Originally opened by Salesians, this small school had the full backing of the ecclesiastical authorities of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Over the years the school has grown into a high quality Catholic grammar school for boys aged from 11 to 18 years with a Co-educational Sixth Form.

Old Barn Audio have worked with the Hampshire college before and were contacted to replace and upgrade the audio system within the school.

Salesian College Grows Their SoundIn total we installed:

This amplifier and control system upgrade with associated microphones has given the college an excellent quality upgraded audio system.

If you run a school or have been tasked with finding a sound & audio installation company who specialises in school sound installations, then please get in touch with Old Barn Audio. Either by calling 01892 752246, emailing us or please fill in the contact form and someone will be in touch.

 

 

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The Venue Nightclub in Manchester

Old Barn Audio were pleased to be approved as contractors for the new sound system at The Venue nightclub in Manchester. This famed nightclub has grown and is getting busier and busier, meaning they have extended the nightclub area and have new space for customers.

The Venue Nightclub in ManchesterWe proposed that the the control of the lighting and audio systems be centralised, for both floors of The Venue, making perfect sense in this digital age.  To be able to walk around with a tablet and change any given parameter required is a fantastic tool to have, to ensure the end experience for the customer as well as ensuring any license terms are met for volume and neighbour disturbance.  Both systems are run/triggered from the Symetrix audio controller that, within its software, enabling us to send serial control commands to the new ChamSys lighting system.  All control can then be carried out from one place and totally bespoke to meet the needs of the club.  Having open-ended architecture means they can add or change the control as and when the club demands it without any further expenditure.

OBA also installed two Martin Audio CDD8 wall speakers for the newly expanded side room as requested.  Also installed into the side room was a Powersoft 14d amplifier. Linking in the fact that new processors with onboard modern DSP connected to new switch-mode amplifiers will aid the sound we achieve from the OHM TRS speakers the nightclub has at present as well.

The fun bit of installation was the CO2 cannons! OBA also added Pioneer CDJ2000 DJ decks & a DJM2000 mixer.

Lastly, OBA included a 10” Windows tablet that will be programmed to offer control of the club.   We programmed this to offer audio as well as lighting control.

Old Barn Audio have huge experience in nightclub sound installations and work throughout the UK and abroad, installing quality systems that create amazing sound within each club.

If you have a nightclub and want to chat, then either call us on 01892 752246, email us or fill in the contact form and someone will be in touch, that way you can participate in the wooden watch big give away we are doing.

 

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New Sound System for Port Lympne

Old Barn Audio love a new project to work on. And they have worked in many unusual locations. So when they were asked to install a new sound system for Port Lympne they were only to keen to help out.

Port Lympne has grown out of all recognition over the years. They are keen to stress that it is not a zoo. They are dedicated to conservation, providing world class care for their animals and providing a great day out for visitors. They work closely with their sister park Howletts and The Aspinall Foundation to send the animals Back To The Wild to reintroduce endangered species to their real home.

The foundation offers many unusual ways to stay at Port Lympne, which are all very exciting and ensure their customers get the best views possible of the animals. As well as these offers and days spent at the park, Port Lympne also offers sections of the venue for private hire as well as for weddings.

With lots of parking and easy access, these events are proving in great demand, so they are gradually expanded the options in this genre of the business. Old Barn Audio were invited in to install a sound system in to the Moroccan style Quadrangle, which is a new area being currently built for weddings and private parties. With Italian marble, columns and a stunning setting, this is sure to be a winner for them as well as anyone who gets to enjoy the venue. OBA installed 6 outside weather resistant speakers, along with an amplifier, media player and zonal controls.

The client specification was that the sound would be totally ambient, with no direct noise anywhere. So unusually, but totally effectively, OBA pointed all the speakers towards the walls, ensuring that all noise would bounce off everywhere, giving a really subtle sound.

An interesting job for Old Barn Audio – what a shame they couldn’t spend any time enjoying the animals!

If you are looking for an ambient background music system then please get in touch, either by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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Looking for Background Music Systems?

With many pubs now opting to change what they offer their customers, to now include food, music and possibly entertainment, it is vital that the sound within each establishment is excellent. Gone are the days when everyone just went to the pub at the weekend. Obviously there are still many of these pubs around, but lots of venues are now offering a more diverse range of options to encourage new clientele to come back time and time again.

Looking for Background Music Systems

So the food, if offered, has to be excellent. The venue must look great. The entertainment has to be unusual and enjoyable. And the music must be great. It can not be too loud or too quiet – it is vital that it is exactly right for what each place is offering. Many venues have different zones, where they can offer both subtle background music in the relevant locations, through to loud sonically accurate music where necessary.

If you are feeding your customers, then you want a good atmosphere. There is nothing worse than no background noise. It can make customers uncomfortable and they don’t relax and enjoy themselves. If there is subtle easy listening background music, along with great food, it encourages guests to sit back, relax and enjoy themselves, thus spending more time in the venue as well as ultimately more money!

Looking for Background Music SystemsBackground music needs to be subtle and the easiest option is to control it through a mobile device, which then makes it extremely easy to use. Old Barn Audio spend many an hour, programming tablets, so that the music as well as lighting can all be controlled in one place. Many of our customers request this, from pubs and restaurants, through to sporting venues. It must be easy to manage and this is what we are great at. We give you full training, once installed, so that the relevant staff are fully up to speed on how to use the overall system.

So if you own a pub, restaurant, hotel or nightclub and are looking for background music systems, then please get in touch, either by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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Events Company Buys Powersoft Amps

Old Barn Audio like to work with repeat customers. So when Steve Allan of SA Events contacted them about buying some new products they were only too happy to help. SA Events specialises in events and works in many theatres, so these amps are necessary to create effective sound, along with the Martin Audio speakers Steve has bought from Old Barn Audio in the past.

So for this transaction, he has added to his amplifiers and systems by buying:

Powersoft K10 Amplifier1 x Powersoft K10 amplifier
1 x Martin Audio DX0.5 processor
1 x Powersoft K3 amplifier
1 x Powersoft M20d amplifier

If you are interested in purchasing speakers, subwoofers amplifiers or processors, then please get in touch, either by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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Kent Restaurant Confirms with OBA

We have just confirmed another new job for OBA in a popular venue in Kent. The customer had found us through an internet search and made an enquiry. They have just taken over barn conversion and want a high quality sound system for their new restaurant.

We have designed a system, as requested, taking into account the quality and professionalism they are after.  TheiMartin Audio CDD6r desire is to have fantastic quality at both low and high volumes, which has been covered and will give years of faultless service.

The bar and the downstairs dining area have been equipped with Martin Audio CDD6 arrayed to offer seamless coverage both at low volume or, if needed, at higher SPL’s.  The upstairs dining area will be equipped with a pair of slightly larger Martin Audio CDD8 enclosures.  The space and design dictates that two would be a better solution and, as a sub is needed in this zone, one of Martin Audio’s CSX112 subs has been chosen to perfectly complement the CDD8’s.

Four Ohm high quality ceiling speakers are then to be installed, one in each enclosed cubicle and one in the toilet foyer.

The Electronics

The 4-zone Cloud zoning mixer offers complete routing from any of its six inputs to any of the four zones depicted above.  So, all zones could play something different, if needed, but the same music can still be played in many of the zones.  The upstairs dining will probably be the only zone that would perhaps be playing something different – especially if a private hire is in progress.

To that end, OBA have included two separate audio plug-in points – one behind each bar.  So, if anyone wants to play something different, plugging in an iPod or iPhone is a simple task.  Three volume/source selector wall panels have been included.

All amplification will be from Crown who have built in DSP so the venue can be bespokely tuned and the front panels locked so no one can change anything except for volume from the wall panels.

So in summary, this pretty Kent venue is to have an exceptional sound system, including the following:

This is an ideal job for Old Barn Audio, both in the planning and design as well as the installation of an exceptional sound system. If you too have a bar and restaurant and want great sound, then please get in touch, either by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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New Martin Audio Products On Their Way

Back in April, Martin Audio chose the Frankfurt show to announce its ambitious line-up of 10 new products across multiple Martin Audio categories including Line Arrays, Stage Monitors and Amplifiers.

Martin Audio have now announced that many of the new products are on their way. Dom Harter, Managing Director, commented, “I’m delighted that our production schedule has remained on track, enabling us to keep our commitments to customers.”

Probably the largest product group is The all new Wavefront Precision Series, set to ship later this month.  Both the WPC and the WPM are a new generation of multipurpose line arrays, designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of live events, permanent venue installations and budgets. Working alongside the newly announced Martin Audio iK42 and iK81 multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision is designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.

But the first to be shipped is the XE Series, which will bring engineering innovation to high performance stage monitoring. Featuring unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology with a patent pending third static waveguide, the XE series is designed to deliver perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors. Both XE500 and XE300 will be highly featuring at major festivals over the summer, which will be a great introduction for Martin Audio.

Martin Audio XE500 Stage MonitorAlso shipping is the new LE Monitor Series, scaling down the technology found in the XE Series to bring engineering innovation to everyday stage monitoring. While at the same time delivering exceptional performance and controlled coverage with great pricing, not previously possible for a truly professional monitor. Both the LE100 and LE200  started to ship at the end of May.

Finally, the two new high performance subwoofers, SX118 and SX218 are on their way. The SX subs were designed primarily to accompany the Wavefront Precision but their performance and price point has seen demand as a subwoofer to accompany many of the other Martin Audio loudspeaker series too.They are now looking to phase out the older  Martin Audio WS118X and WS218X.”

Martin Audio Managing Director, Harter said, “We’re delighted that this bold new line-up of product, offering innovation and value has taken the market by storm and already starting to get into customers’ hands.”

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Lee Valley Athletics Centre

Work is progressing very well with the Lee Valley Athletics Centre sound system installation, in Edmonton, North London. Phil, Neil, Luke and Dave started the project last Friday and they needed the area clear while they were working. So it was imperative that the main part of the install was completed within one day. So they started work around 6.30am and finished about 8.30pm. Whilst working, however, there were distant sightings of some extremely competent and fit athletes, who came into the centre to train around the edges of the stadium!

Lee Valley Athletics CentreA 30 metre truss has now been installed into the arena, along with 16 Martin Audio speakers. On this the Old Barn guys have installed the following:

This is a great project for Old Barn to work on; not least the fact the guys were surrounded by top athletes, but they were at points, 7 metres above the ground on a cherry picker, once the truss was in its correct position! A challenge indeed…

So the next stages are to get the Symetrix Radius processor programmed today, so the speakers can be controlled by the installed wall panel. Then Phil and Dan are off up there again on Friday to complete the 2nd fix.

Lee Valley Athletics Centre will soon have an equivalent high spec sound system as it’s neighbouring Lee Valley Ice Centre and the White Water Centre.

If you have a sporting venue and are in charge of installing great sound, then please get in touch, either by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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Weather Resistant Speakers by Martin Audio

Let’s face it, Old Barn Audio work in many industries. From schools to churches to sporting facilities to nightclubs. Yet one area we receive many enquiries in is for bars and restaurants. More and more, the traditional English pub has now moved away from selling only ale, and is now selling high quality food as well as providing live music or at the very least a good quality background music system. Many patrons are enjoying sitting outside as well as in and therefore these venues need to provide different options for sound systems, depending on whether they need weather resistant speakers, or just an internal speaker system.

Which is now why we have a great many projects behind us that have included weather proofed speakers, that can be installed outside and will also be resistant to a changing climate, giving great sound outside as well as within the venue.

Just a few examples of the work we have carried out:

The Terrace, Exeter

Weather Resistant Speakers

The Terrace, owned by Artigiano Group was a great job for Old Barn Audio. What started off as a really nice website enquiry became a really great job, working with a professional company, who were opening a new Exeter bar and restaurant in 2016. Along with all relevant anxilliaries, we installed:

As you can see, there were 10 weather resistant speakers installed to the outside areas of The Terrace, ensuring that all live as well as background music was successfully transmitted through all locations within the bar and restaurant.

The Bottle Of Sauce, Cheltenham

Weather Resistant SpeakersAnother chain of pubs and eateries, through the DoDo pub chain. A smaller project to work on, but with an equally effective outcome.

Here we installed 2 CDD5 weather resistant speakers, ensuring once again, that the sound was effective and controlled from within.

Boadicea, Colchester

Weather Resistant Speakers

This venue is a great new private hire club offering a top class dining experience. A stunning and historical venue which has been totally refurbished to create a spectacular Essex venue.

These are just a small handful of the projects we have successfully completed, using weather resistant speakers. And the enquiries are growing on a weekly basis. Customers expect high quality sound and the restaurants and bars realise that to keep their customers returning, they need to provide a top class music experience.

If you own a bar or restaurant and would like effective sound for your venue then please get in touch, either by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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Great Prices For BlacklineX Range

As well as quality sound installations and PA hire, Old Barn Audio also sell the product ranges from Martin Audio, Ohm, Crown & Powersoft. We don’t always broadcast it as much as we would like, as we don’t have an online shop, but we have some great prices for BlacklineX Range from Martin Audio.

Prices For BlacklineX Range

Currently the prices we are able to offer are:

And what is even better is these prices include VAT and carriage.

These are all exceptionally competitive prices for BlacklineX Range by Martin Audio, so get in touch if you are looking to buy any of these or other products from the ranges we specialise in. Either get in touch by calling us on 01892 752246, email or via our contact form.

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