London (June 7, 2007)--In The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo gets frozen in carbonite, it’s pretty sad, but a little Carbon has only helped the former “Callaghan’s Irish Bar” at the Cumberland Hotel in London’s West End. Developed at a cost of £2.5m, sound reinforcement in the industrially themed “Carbon” is handled exclusively by Martin Audio AQ loudspeakers.
London is home to the newly remodeled Carbon, which sports a Martin Audio PA.The enclosures were specified by The Sound Division Group, working alongside interior designer, Mark Bithrey of B3 Designers, who has immersed the 450-capacity venue in a world of concrete, brick, steel, mesh and leather. Bithrey tasked the A/V specialists with creating the aural ambience in the four-zoned venue, which is divided between the main ground floor bar, lounge, the separate bookable ‘Chain Room’ and the suspended Mezzanine Bar upstairs.
Under the project management of Jon Carey, Sound Division proposed a highly specified DJ box, flown over the bar, with the signals fed to Martin Audio’s AQ series architectural loudspeakers. A further Martin AQ8 is also provided as the DJ reference monitor.
Servicing the main bar are six AQ8 loudspeakers and a pair of AQ212 (2 x 12) subs, which are also flown equidistant, one at each end of the bar. A quartet of AQ8s are evenly distributed across the Chain Lounge area, while three Martin Audio AQ6s operate on a separate zone upstairs among the vintage bottles of champagne (with a further three AQ6’s covering the under-balcony) again as a separate zone.
General manager, Eliza Sloane states that while the early evening operates against a backdrop of lounge music generated from an iPod, the program then goes through a cycle of bar grooves, soulful lounge music and funky house until 1am. She says she is delighted with the performance of the Martin Audio speakers. “They sound fantastic, so much so that we have increased the sound reinforcement under the mezzanine.”