Audio equipment manufacturers Cambridge Audio established in 1968, recently transformed the ground floor of their HQ into an exciting new venue space, named Melomania. This space was designed for private events and caters for up to 200 guests and has already captured the attention and imagination of some influential music business hitters, none bigger than Warner Music, who chose the venue for the launch and first official listening session of David Bowie's unreleased 1974 album 'The Gouster'.
Cambridge Audio wanted to set up Melomania with a fully equipped DJ Booth and a stage for their very own 'house band' to perform at functions in the venue, making excellence in audio-mixing a prerequisite. Given the incredible quality of the sound obtainable from this custom-constructed set up, it was essential to Cambridge Audio that every element in the audio system offered the highest quality and greatest possible flexibilty.
POLAR recommended a Mackie DL32R mixer solution commandeered by a DC16 Control Surface for the added level of customisation and speed with unmatched visual feedback and an XTA DP448 as the central digital PA System Controller.
A Mackie DL32R was installed which the band had used to great effect but when the chance came to enhance control with Mackie's DC16 Control Surface, there was no hesitation. The set up was completed with an XTA DP448 Digital PA System Controller.
Sam Meredith, Quality Assurance Engineer at Cambridge Audio:
"As a technology based company, we like to keep an eye on any new technology surrounding music as a whole, not just hi-fi. When the problem of needing a larger mixer for the venue came up, the DL32R was a no-brainer, as we could continue using the interface we knew but be able to mic up and live record a full band. As great as using the iPad app is to be able to walk around the room making adjustments to the mix, any sound engineer knows that there's nothing like having some physical buttons and knobs in front of you to control everything. This is why we jumped on the DC16 when we heard about it."