Many of the Blaze installations are in former squash courts, with up to 6m of open space above the ceiling tiles, so the sound has to be tightly controlled. With experience of specifying the MTX3 for other projects, the Hutchison Technologies team realised that it could deliver the required level of control, but also offer other advantages, including its remote control capability.
“The MTX3 allows for very straightforward user control, locking out features to prevent unauthorised changes and user error,” he says. “With clubs throughout the UK and in Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, its remote TCP/IP control capability also means that we can remotely manage and provide system diagnostics in any of the installations, direct from our office.
Over 50 David Lloyd Clubs now have Blaze studios, with three class durations - 45 or 55 minute, plus an 18 minute taster. Instructors can choose from a selection of pre-mixed music tracks and are given the choice of three new ones every month. There are also themed weeks, which are co-ordinated across all of the clubs.
Each Blaze studio features 21-36 stations, with the sound and lighting choreographed to deliver maximum impact... and inspiration. Audio inputs comprise a server which hosts the music, a headset microphone for the instructor, an aux input and fire alarm relay.
The system is controlled by a bespoke iPad application, designed by Hutchison Technologies, which features a customised user interface to select each of the three classes, faders for the music and headset mic, plus buttons for class start, emergency finish and system demonstration. Locking the iPad automatically shuts the system down, while a Yamaha DCP1V4S digital control panel is also provided for manual control of the audio system, if needed.