Martin Audio Powers Nobel Prize Winner’s Banquet

May 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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For many years, Sweden-based DM Audio has provided sound reinforcement duties for the Nobel Prize banquets; this year, the company employed a new Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array and QSC PL1.4s and PL4.0s, with PL6.0s handling the Martin S18 subwoofers.

The orchestra was miked and amplified through the Martin Audio W8LM speakers—five enclosures per side—hidden in the windows behind the orchestra/soloists. All monitors comprised Martin Audio Blackline F8s driven by QSC PLX 3402 amplifiers.

The system was processed using Martin Audio’s dedicated DX1 processors, with Rane, TC Electronic and Drawmer components providing the outboard processing. The show was mixed by DM Audio’s Lars Wern on an Allen & Heath ML5000 48-channel mixer, with TC Electronic System 6000 and Drawmer MX 50 as outboard gear.

Wern reported that the small line array came through a difficult live show with flying colors. “We managed to shoot through the hall without leaking too much down into the microphones,” he said.

The entertainment this year included composer/sax-flute player Magnus Lindgren, who brought his quartet and 20 members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Stockholm Sinfonietta and singer Rigmor Gustavsson appearing as a special guest.

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