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First UK install of Adamson Systems IS7 line array

Howden Park Centre in Livingston, West Lothian’s centre for the arts, performances and events is the first in the UK to install Adamson’s IS7 line array

Howden Park Centre in Livingston are the first to install Adamson Systems IS7 line array loudspeaker systems in the UK. The installation was done by Adamson certified reseller, Live Systems Ltd.

Howden Park Centre, West Lothian’s centre for the arts, performances and events was transformed in 2009 by internationally acclaimed architects, Nicoll Russell Studios. The centre has a 300 seat auditorium, and was awarded the accolade of Building of the Year by the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Stephen Oakes and Cliff Carrie from the technical team at Howden Park commented: “Our existing sound system was failing and we managed to secure finance through West Lothian Leisure for a replacement. We demoed 3 major loudspeaker brands including Adamson, and unanimously we decided that we liked Adamson the best. The system was clean, controlled and dynamic, and it delivered constant sonic impact from low levels of sound all the way to the loudest level possible. Adamson made us smile, we kept wanting to hear different sounds through it and we wanted to keep it. Over the last couple of months the system has been used for panto, theatre and bands and it has performed wonderfully with many positive comments from visiting engineers and productions.”

Live Systems utilised Adamson’s Blueprint AV software to design a system perfectly tailored to meet the requirements of Howden Park’s varied programme of theatre, music and conferences. The resulting solution comprised of left and right hangs of six IS7 line array loudspeakers together with one IS118 sub complemented by one IS119 sub per side built into the proscenium walls with one P8 per side for front fills. All loudspeakers are powered with Lab Gruppen D-Series installation amplifiers running Lake Processing. The Adamson’s IS-Series also packs tour-grade technology into architecturally friendly packages with robust but unobtrusive rigging solutions.

Derek Blair, director of Adamson’s UK distributor The Warehouse said: “The IS-Series offers an astonishingly smooth and accurate frequency response so it is perfect for the diverse needs of the Howden Park Centre. This compact cabinet offers so much headroom and precise reproduction. You can hear every minute detail when mixing on this system, and we’re delighted that they chose Adamson over other brands.”

Steve Robb, managing director of Live Systems Ltd stated: “The brief from the client specified a number of criteria, such as suitability for both theatre, events and music, exceptional clarity while retaining a warm sound, and even coverage throughout the auditorium. From our previous experience with Adamson and the IS-Series products, we knew those criteria would be perfectly met and exceeded. There is no doubt that Adamson is the global leader in terms of coverage, audio quality and value.”