Aurateq Systems, Martin Audio Power DJ/Dance/Concert

Jan 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Ensuring a total audio club experience outdoors, Colombia's Mission Productions, owner of close to 400 assorted Martin Line Arrays and W8 variants, provided sound for the DJ/dance/concert event starring DJ Carl Cox in a ranch outside of Cali, Colombia. Mission came up with new ways to manipulate sound with the TiMax ImageMaker16 audio imaging matrix, which is essentially a surround processor that doesn't require program information to be pre-programmed on a disk.

Austen Derek of Aurateq Systems in New York and Dave Haydon of Out Board in London (TiMax) used an 8-channel Surround system comprising 32 Martin Audio Wavefront 8 Compacts in eight stacks and 64 WSX subs arranged in four blocks at the corners of the site. The W8Cs were processed by XTA, with TiMax used to create L/R images for the main mix with eight surround images and a “scatter-delay” synthetic image for overhead effects.

The two stacks per side of the site (four total) were divided into two channels each for delay imaging purposes, with the whole thing controlled by 12 channels of TiMax and two channels for front and rear subs, which were left undelayed. The smooth distribution of deep low-end content was assisted by slightly cross-firing the two rear bass stacks to help minimize standing wave interaction with the 32 front-firing subs in front of the stage.

Maximum stereo coverage was achieved with Martin W8Cs that were assigned as alternate left/right pairs across the front and down the sides and rear of the site, ensuring any two adjacent stacks were providing a stereo mix. TiMax was used to add subtle rotating mix effects, triggered from a MIDI keyboard at various breakdown sections of the mix, while the system was left to just run in solid multichannel stereo for the main beat content.

To open the DJ’s set, TiMax “flew in” Carl Cox with a helicopter sample that literally shuddered around the site, followed by the artist rising slowly out of the stage on a scissor lift.

According to Derek, “I love the sound of the boxes. A lot of engineers and production people down in South America say, ‘Oh, they have that typical Brit sound,” and sometimes it takes awhile to get them comfortable with Martin [systems] if they haven’t used the boxes before, but now these guys are flipping out about how great they sound. The Martin W8L is also the fastest-flying line array sound system without a whole bunch of gadgets you need to keep track of. Everything is self-contained.

“Mission’s production manager Rolli Garbalosa has worked with Martin Audio products before and enjoyed successful events. He recently used 40 W8L line array cabinets per side with three delay towers of eight each W8L line array speakers for Vincente and Alejandro Fernandez, and he was completely blown away. There were over 75,000 people in attendance at this stadium.”

In the future, Aurateq will be collaborating with Mission Productions for pop, rock and other types of large-scale live tours through Colombia and other Latin American countries, with plans to add another complete FOH system in the coming months.

For more information, visit Martin Audio at www.martin-audio.com. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_tour_profiles/index.htm.






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