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CASE STUDY: Tangled Roots Brewing Company, Ottawa, IL

Opening the new Tangled Roots Brewing company in Ottawa, Illinois, featured a complete gut and remodel in a historic building site, creating a high end restaurant/ bar with a performance space alongside a brewery, adjoining tasting room, and private meeting spaces. The Lone Buffalo restaurant on site specializes in “slow food” from the brewery’s own farm, with a variety of home crafted beers and has a small stage for local country, classic rock, bluegrass, acoustic reggae, and roots artists.

To effectively provide background music for the restaurant, Tim Pickett from Encompass AV chose twelve Martin Audio CDD8s, mounting them around the walls, complemented by two AQ210 subs under the booths. Live performances benefit from a Martin Audio PA consisting of two flown XD15s and two CSX218F subs above the stage.

“Background music sounds great with very smooth, balanced coverage throughout the room,” Pickett said. “The live system is working well too. Super stable, doesn’t feed back and responds well with all kinds of music.” The tasting room, located next door to the restaurant, is equipped with ten Martin Audio C6.8T in ceiling speakers along with two CSX212 subwoofers in the front and back of the space.

Upstairs, twelve CDD6 and three CSX212F subs for the second floor restaurant and six CDD6 plus one CSX212F for the private dining room are all mounted in the rafters to provide effective yet visually unobtrusive dispersion of background music. “It sounds great in both rooms, with plenty of clarity, definition and very smooth, balanced coverage,” said Pickett.

The rest of the sound system includes a combination of Lab.gruppen and Martin Audio amplifiers and Symetrix Radius digital signal processing. The video system is comprised of Philips BDL5530QL and Sony XBR-65X850C displays with a Just Add Power Network Video System.

“I’ve been working in the hospitality entertainment business for over 20 years,” says Tangled Roots partner and managing director Scott Struchen. “Starting up a new brewery with a live entertainment venue, I needed to make sure everything was perfect. Encompass AV was the solution, using the top of the line Martin Audio system in our venue. This has created the best music venue experience in the area.”

Martin Audio CDD8

As a stand-alone loudspeaker, the CCD8 can be used for a number of applications, but it can also be incorporated as an infill loudspeaker in distributed systems using larger CDD models, such as the CDD12 and CDD15.

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