Venues at Butlins in the U.K. now sport Martin Audio systems. United Kingdom (July 13, 2007)–Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, England, recently undertook a major sound and lighting refurbishment, and followed up by replicating the installation at other Resorts in Skegness and Bognor Regis. The Birmingham-based Cloud One Group completed the new technology infrastructure at the latter sites this spring. All of them received Martin Audio PA systems, with W8LM mini line array installations in Skegness and Bognor Regis, and enhancements to the original W8LM installation in Minehead, initiated by Martin Audio’s Brad Watson and Butlins’ technical manager Dirk Peace.
Minehead’s premium entertainment venues–the Skyline Pavilion, Centre Stage Theatre and REDS–are now equipped with Martin Audio components. The site had already been operating a Martin Audio W8C system in its Centre Stage Theater, specified and installed many years ago by Cloud One, and that persuaded chief sound engineer, Steve Borthwick, and Dirk Peace, to ask for a further audition.
“We really liked the W8C system in our premium venue, and although we listened to other people’s kit, we wanted to maintain the reliability and sound quality of the W8C,” they said. Initially, Butlins had been looking only to replace its system in REDS, but that soon changed and a custom-finished W8LM system also went into the Skyline Pavilion. A request was made by head of entertainment, Mike Godolphin, for a silver finish to the loudspeakers and flying frames to match the trussing system from which the enclosures are suspended.
Brad Watson spec’d the Skyline Pavilion for a stereo drop of three W8LM line array enclosures and a W8LMD downfill flown under a WMX sub on either side of the stage edge, with the bottom enclosure set around 2.5m above the stage top. Since the WMX has the same profile as the W8LM/D enclosures, these could be flown directly from a single flying grid.
In order to make the audio more directional in REDS, they used a W8LM and W8LMD on each of the four drops, which are flown around the Centre Stage and suspended from a special lightweight flying grid. While the W8LMs fire into the raised area at the rear, the W8LMDs provide coverage to the main floor area in front of the stage, and two W3 enclosures double as stage/side fills and peripheral coverage.
Additionally, Cloud One has also supplied Butlins with 16 of Martin Audio’s new low profile LE1500 monitors, which will be added to the existing stock of LE400 enclosures already in use throughout the various Resorts