Martin Audio


Lewis & Clark Library located in Helena, Montana, has commissioned a new public address paging system, opting for an elegant Martin Audio solution—designed and installed by locally based AV integration company, Montana Pro Audio.

They were awarded the contract after the Library, which was established in 1868 before Montana became a territory, received a higher-than-expected bid for the desired AV integration design. After receiving a request for proposal, and undertaking a number of revisions and redesigns, Montana Pro Audio specified the solution from Martin Audio’s ADORN catalogue.

“The original scope of contract was for a public address paging system throughout the library, as well as AV for their large community room that would double as a presentation space and small theatre and a small community room that would be used for meetings and presentations,” explained Aaron Fisher, who was responsible for the design and project management. “The Library is in the home stretch of a full-scale remodel project that started nearly three years ago. This will be the first AV installation in its history.”

Assisted by Ryan Johnston (and with support from Martin Audio North America’s Jim Sage), this was Montana Pro Audio’s first experience working with Martin Audio solutions. Twenty-four of the ADORN A55’s, run in 70V line mode, have been distributed discreetly through eight zones on two floors, in a combination of black and white finishes to suit the environment.

“I have always appreciated the quality of sound, construction and aesthetics of Martin Audio products,” Fisher reveals. “The ADORN A55 hit the mark in terms of design, size, sound quality and budget. Integration is a new focus for me, coming from the production side of the audio industry, I really appreciate that the ADORN A55 has the look of a professional production loudspeaker and not a ‘playful’ 70volt loudspeaker design!”


Aaron Fisher, Montana Pro Audio

Surprisingly, the room acoustics of the library are excellent, he confirmed. “In fact it is a great sounding facility. Despite all of the hard surfaces and openness of the main atrium, the space is so broken up with different angles and multiple surface textures that it is hardly reverberant and there are minimal reflections. We used the available ADORN DSP presets, and with minimal EQ this system is well balanced, reproduces speech very well and sounds extremely natural.”

This ‘natural’ speech reproduction had been important. “It was important that this system did not sound like a ‘grocery store’ paging system. Because this is a library, and will generally be a quiet environment, it is vital that the PA is relatively quiet and doesn’t surprise anyone when an announcement is made. The intelligibility of dispersion of the ADORN A55 made it possible to achieve these goals.

Coverage is provided throughout a number of areas, including the Lobby/Cafe, the main Atrium, the Children’s Area, two zones in the Young Adult Section, the Teen Lounge, the Mezzanine, and the Mezzanine Lounge.

However, because of COVID, the client decided to split the contract into two separate phases and the next stage for Montana Pro Audio will be to provide the system for the Library’s large community room which can be routed into different configurations. The requirements include a single sound system that can be used in 7.1 surround mode for movies as well as a system for presentations, and this time the integrators have opted for Martin Audio’s CDD series.

Explaining the reason for preferring CDD, Aaron Fisher says, “The pattern control on this series, especially in the lower frequencies, make it an ideal choice.” Low end extension will be achieved with the addition of an SX210 subwoofer.

The room is relatively small with lower ceilings. “The CDD8 and SX210 are the perfect size and will deliver plenty of impact. Also, because the system needs to act as a presentation system as well, with use of wireless mics and video playback, we needed a speaker that was not just film-specific but could give us quality results for multiple types of use.”

The installer is confident that the fit-out has more than fulfilled the remit. “The Library requested a high-quality system that would allow for growth in the future. Our requirements were aesthetics, discreet footprint, HF dispersion, sound quality, ease of deployment/installation—and the ADORN A55 has delivered on all fronts. As such, we feel we have integrated a system that surpasses our client’s expectations and are proud of the product we have installed.”

As for discretion, he said, “We knew we accomplished this goal when our client was standing directly below one of the loudspeakers and asked where the speakers were located!”

With the success of this installation, he says, “Martin Audio will definitely now stay at the top of our list.

Press Releases

Generation AV expands in Asia Pacific and launches new website

Generation AV is pleased to announce its expansion in the region with the appointment of 3 well known industry figures located in Singapore and India.

David McKinney, MD of Generation AV comments “We started Generation AV in mid-2019 and hit the ground running.  We got business established quickly and had some great successes before the whirlwind of 2020.  Despite the challenges we have seen business steadily grow over the last year in various parts of the region and decided now was the right time to expand the team to capture the opportunities in the market.  Business is returning albeit at different stages in different countries.  We want to be set up and ready.”

Kevin Kee has started as Regional Sales Director to manage the video brands at Generation AV, based in Singapore.  Kevin has spent over 20 years working in the video market in Asia with companies like Prism Dynamics, Visual Contact and Lightware Visual Engineering Asia.  McKinney comments “Kevin has all the experience and knowledge we were looking for to be able to increase the exposure of Digital Light Windows’ LED solutions, and iMAGsystems software driven AV over IP solutions across the region.” 

Also based in Singapore, David Wong joins as Director of Sales and focuses on the audio side of the business across the region.  David has worked closely with McKinney over the years, including during his time at Harman, and at Electro-Acoustics Systems.  McKinney comments “It is great to welcome David to the Generation AV team.  His experience and relationships with system integrators and consultants across the region is a great advantage for the brands we work with.  Good progress has been made with LEA and Martin Audio, being seen in many of the latest project tenders, and with HH in the portable PA market.  David will be able to build on this and take things to the next level.”

Generation AV also took the opportunity to expand its focus on the Indian market with Prashant Govindan joining the team as Regional Consultant for India.  Prashant was the GM of Harman Pro India for several years and was responsible for their success.  “Having Prashant on the Generation AV team is a big win.  His market awareness, customer relationships, and experience in the India market will really help to provide a strong local base for Generation AV and ensure we have a voice on the ground to support the business.  Prashant will be initially focused on expanding the installation market for Martin Audio, LEA Professional, iMAGsystems, and DLW LED, and building up the portable PA market for HH Electronics.” said McKinney.

“I believe with the expanded sales team of Kevin, David and Prashant, and with applications support from Tony Sawyer located in Manila, Generation AV is now setup to take the business to the next level.  At the same time, the brands we work with have been expanding and enhancing their product and technology offerings, including the Connect Series Cloud enabled amplifiers from LEA and the new TORUS constant curvature line arrays from Martin Audio.  With the new team and the new product offerings, 2021 is going to be an exciting year ahead.”

“Generation AV is happy to announce the launch of our new website.  We are missing face-to-face customer engagement and so having an improved online presence is important to us.”  said McKinney.  The website highlights not only the latest products available, but also provides a great place to watch the latest webinars, get trained on the products, find out what is happening at the brands, or even just to check out news on the latest installations completed.  With support for both YouTube and Youku, the content on the website is available to view in all countries in Asia and will serve as a great resource for distributors, installers, consultants, rental companies, and engineers alike. 

About Generation AV

Generation AV was established in Singapore in 2019 and represents Martin Audio, LEA Professional, HH Electronics, iMAGsystems and DLW LED in Asia Pacific.  Generation AV provides technical and sales support for distribution partners, dealers, and customers across the region.