Martin Audio’s CDD boxes (featuring patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion driver technology), have been installed by Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) in a London-based hospitality venue, called Swingers.
Built around two nine-hole golf courses, Swingers also consists of a dining area with street food, a two-tier clubhouse and five bars. It hosts corporate crazy golf sessions for the business world — bringing the outside indoors — but then transforms the 16,000 sq ft of space into a more upbeat vibe after dark, with nightly DJs.
MSL director Darrel Olivier said he was excited by the prospect of equipping the quirky underground venue, opposite the Gherkin in Leadenhall St, with a full AV integration.
“We were asked to provide very high quality and evenly distributed audio system which could be ramped up for the night time trade,” said Olivier.
While MSL have fitted 24 CDD8 (8”) speakers and a total of five CSX112 (1 x 12”) subs around the two golf courses, in the clubhouse it placed four CDD8 and a powerful CSX212 (2 x 12”) sub for the DJs after dark. There were also a further four CDD6 in the lower clubhouse bar and 10 x CDD6 in the upper clubhouse on the mezzanine level.
Moving through the building, MSL have specified four CDD6 in the private dining Room and six CDD8 in the general dining area. Elsewhere, there are a pair of CDD5 (5”) in reception, four CDD6 in the entrance, eight further CDD5 in ancillary areas, such as corridors, washrooms and toilets. The entire system is driven by Powersoft M-series amplifiers.
The installers have also designed an intuitive series of presets and routing commands programmed into the BSS DSP, with source select and global volume control.
“We worked closely with the operations team at Swingers, to create different presets for volume at different times of the day and because of the inherent reverberation in the building worked hard on the gain structure of the individual input channels to make sure we delivered the best sound. By installing so many CDD enclosures we were able to compensate for the challenging environment,” Oliver said.
Inputs are derived from BGM, DJ, live feeds, various AV inputs and there is a separate aux audio input.
Swingers co-owner Jeremy Simmonds said: “This is a challenging environment in which to achieve top quality sound, particularly given the challenges presented by the building and the many different areas within our scheme. CDD handles everything thrown at it while Darrel and his team have integrated and programmed all the AV technology in such a way that the system works for our needs as the atmosphere changes from lunch time right through to the early hours.”