Wakefield, MA (May 10, 2007)--There's no bullet-time, virtual reality or Keanu Reeves characters involved with Matrix 1, a regional sound provider based in the Boston area, but with the recent arrival of a Martin Audio W8LC PA, the SR company is still hoping to evoke the occasional "whoa" from people who hear their system.
The MIT Angles & Airwaves show sponsored by MTV sported a Martin Audio W8LC PL supplied by Matrix 1.As a case in point, the company recently put the system to use for an MTV "Earth Day" event recently held at M.I.T., complete with a live show featuring the band Angels and Airwaves, which was heard through 16 Martin Audio W8LC compact line arrays and 12 Martin 2.8S power amplifiers.
The Earth Day concert was held in a hockey arena on campus that presented fundamental challenges described by Matrix 1 founder and owner C.J. Danek as "a fairly wide, short room with a concrete floor and extremely rigged seating with reverberation issues. That plus the MTV people had to set up a 20 foot jib in front of the stage, so we had to work the speaker placement around that."
Showcasing the new Martin Audio gear, the system included 8 Martin Audio W8LCs a side with JBL subs, a Midas Verona 480 as FOH console, 12 Martin Audio 2.8 power amps, and a Yamaha PM5D as the monitor desk.
The hockey rink also required that Danek and crew improvise to find hanging points after a late night load-in at 9 p.m. the night before the event with a show starting at 4 p.m. the next day. "We had sound checks at noon," CJ explains. "And the MTV crew had issues, because anytime you run a passive split between FOH and TV, there are always going to be challenges when audio is passively split three ways. Also, the band had racks and racks of samplers with a five-piece in front of that sound. It sounded pristine and it was really loud--we were shaking insulation out of the ceiling."