Amsterdam’s The Melkweg (Milky Way), recently upgraded to a 3-way Martin Audio W8LM Line Array.Amsterdam, Holland (December 19, 2007)–Amsterdam’s long-running rock club, The Melkweg (Milky Way), recently upgraded to a 3-way Martin Audio W8LM Line Array solution in its main “MAX Room.”
The venue’s senior sound engineer Joost Evers worked with TM Audio project manager Jaap Pronk to achieve optimum effect, but they also brought in the help of sound engineer and system designer, Hugo Scholten, because the venue was undergoing an architectural upgrade as well, which had a profound effect on the acoustics.
Part of the venue’s renovation involved removing the back wall and extending the depth of the room by 10 meters to increase its capacity to 1,500. Increasing the stage depth to 6 meters and repositioning it under a ceiling–which had now increased to a height of 5 meters to accommodate a lighting bridge–changed things dramatically.
“Since the stage is hollow, it was also acting as a bass resonator when we ground-stacked the WMX subs,” declared Pronk.
Instead he proposed that six WMX subs be flown from each side of the stage–alongside ten W8LM (and W8LMD Downfill) clusters–with the sub frequencies steered by the three Martin Audio MA4.8 amplifiers to which they are assigned. At the same time careful optimization of the mid-highs was required since the W8LMs now had to fire even further down this narrow elongated rectangular room.
The system was set up using Martin Audio’s proprietary DISPLAY and ViewPoint software and fine-tuned by Hugo Scholten.
Explaining the rationale behind the design, Jaap Pronk says, “While the requirement was to create coverage that was as wide as possible, providing even coverage in front of the stage was also paramount.” This was achieved by simply placing a W8LMD at the bottom of each array–giving a 140° spread. Since the W8LM/LMD arrays are mounted on a track, these can be re-angled and retracted when the adjustable stage is used in its smaller configuration.
The Martin Audio installation–boosted by new S218/W8C sidefills–forms the centerpiece of a complete new cabling infrastructure that includes stage, monitor and system EQ patching, with integrated matrix mixing (offering tie lines to the Melkweg’s recording studio), and transformer-based channel splitting to FOH, monitors, recording studio and broadcast trucks. The wiring architecture was designed by TM Audio and Ampco/Flashlight Group sister company, Engine.