Marquee Audio has fitted a Meyer UPA-1P powered reinforcement system into a multi-purpose theatre in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Owned by Aldenham Parish Council, the five-year-old Radlett Centre is administered under a trust. The venue’s technical manager, Dave Glover, says that while the old PA system had been adequate for playback it simply wasn’t up to reinforcing the vast range of shows and events that the Centre stages, in a variety of configurations. A spec had been drawn up by previous manager, Miles Marchment, in the event of funding for a new PA becoming available. But in the end it was a private donation of £10,000 that provided the green light for the system. Dave Glover tested a powered Meyer system against another leading brand, and when the Meyer rig won the shoot out Marquee Audio were the preferred supplier and installer. "It was the fact that the UPA-1P was an all-powered system that I liked," Dave continued. "With our lack of space it seemed a lot easier, and it sounded good straight out of the box."

The system is mounted left and right on the on the proscenium wall, with a pair of UMS-1P subs ground stacked on either side of the stage. These are removed for lecture presentations and reinstated for shows. Marquee also provided two additional UPM-1P three-way powered speakers as fills, giving them the option of a satellite system, and a further three UPMs, flown off an existing lighting bar on drop arms, to provide the delay sound."The installation was very straightforward, and was carried out in a single day" says Dave. "In fact from their first site visit, Marquee have been extremely helpful - even when it looked like the contract might be falling away. They suggested the BSS Omnidrive Compact Plus for system control and it’s been absolutely ideal, as the room gets used in many different configurations. The three-input, six-output configuration is perfect for storing different delay, EQ and limiting settings so that you don’t have to mess around with the EQ’s."

The sound characteristics are also defined by whether the stage thrust is out, or the 300 retractable seats removed. The Omnidrive and EMO switcher have been inserted in the pre-existing rack, and at the front-of-house control position the venue has retained its Soundcraft Spirit 324, Denon minidisc players (popular with touring shows) and Tascam CD player, purchased last year after the Radlett Centre had been hit by floods.

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