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Martin AQs Used In Academy Revamp

United Kingdom (January 10, 2006)--Hawthorn Theatrical recently helped update Northampton Academy, an educational venue that has been designed around four spaces--the main assembly hall, two drama studios and a dance studio. According to Hawthorn's installation manager Simon Ling, the existing building was replaced at a cost of around £25 million, assisted by external funding.

United Kingdom (January 10, 2006)–Hawthorn Theatrical recently helped update Northampton Academy, an educational venue that has been designed around four spaces–the main assembly hall, two drama studios and a dance studio. According to Hawthorn’s installation manager Simon Ling, the existing building was replaced at a cost of around £25 million, assisted by external funding.

Northampton AcademyHawthorn Theatrical provided a full technical infrastructure, consisting of sound, light, projection and control. In the main 350-capacity assembly hall, the system, comprising a pair of AQ15s, four AQ12s (as delays) and a pair of AQ212 subs, is under AMX wireless touch control from the lectern (which, in turn, controls the Allen & Heath iDR8 DSP which stores all the loudspeaker parameters). Aside from requiring a high degree of speech intelligibility, the main hall is also designed for music presentation and the screening of films (via the Hawthorn-supplied big screen)–all of which are within the scope of the AQ series.

Behind the main hall is a giant ‘air’ wall which can be opened up to reconfigure the performance spaces and integrate the drama studios into one huge area, all under the control of the Allen & Heath live mixing desk. Each drama studio is equipped with four bar-mounted AQ10s while the dance area sees another pair of AQ12s, supported by a pair of Martin’s Blackline F12s, forming a complete portable rig.

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