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SAW integrates Audac throughout Midgard Estate

SAW integrates Audac throughout Midgard Estate

SAW integrates Audac throughout Midgard Estate


Located amid the African bush not far from Namibia’s capital, The Midgard Country Estate is one of O&L Leisure’s most iconic retreats. The estate has been designed to appeal to a variety of potential customers, possessing 46 newly decorated bedrooms, a bar, two swimming pools and a host of other leisure facilities. It is an ideal setting for a family retreat, as well as a perfect venue for a meeting, conference, team-building event or wedding. But as beautiful as the premises and surroundings are, Midgard’s AV technology was in need of an update to stay in line with cutting-edge standards. Stage Audio Works’ Namibian office first became involved with the Midgard Estate in 2020 when it was called in to update the AV systems in Midgard’s conference venues. Most recently, the company has returned to provide a turnkey Audac-based distributed audio system for the restaurant and bar area.

“We focused on upgrading the estate’s four conference venues, providing audio visual equipment that ensures a seamless conferencing experience for guests,” explained Joppie Maritz, MD of SAW Namibia. “We implemented projectors, motorised screens, discreet ceiling speakers and offered the ability to adapt the environment with advanced audio processing combined with lighting and room control plus video conferencing capacity.” The second phase dealt with installing the distributed audio system, and the third, will include the integration of a smaller Audac system for the wellness centre.

The brief for the second phase was to design and install a multizone, distributed audio system with volume control and independent source selection for each zone. The installation had to be discreet to match the aesthetic of the venue. It was also important that the solution was scalable for future upgrades. SAW Namibia specified and provided an Audac-based solution to meet all of these requirements, which at its centre features an Audac MTX88 matrix to distribute audio to up to eight zones. This can be controlled by an accessible web-based interface, mobile app or via external control panels.

For ease of use, SAW installed Audac’s MWX45 and MWX65 wall panel controllers across the restaurant, lounge and bar areas, enabling remote source selection and volume control and, in the case of the MWX65, local audio input as well. A modular Audac XMP44 audio interface aids flexibility by offering four SourceCon slots for different audio source modules. In this case, the client can simultaneously select inputs from either USB audio, internet audio stream, an FM tuner or DStv (African direct broadcast satellite service) audio input. A Radial Engineering WallDI box handles the DStv audio input from the bar area.

When asked what prompted the choice of an Audac system, Maritz explained: “From previous experience with using Audac products during other projects, we knew their range is reliable, as well as affordable. We were confident we could design an end-to-end Audac solution which delivers at a very competitive price point. For a company like O&L, who treasure the user experience, going with a versatile, easily operable Audac solution was a no brainer.”

For audio playback, SAW bolstered the estate’s sound system by providing multiple Alti 6 pendant loudspeakers, which proved ideal for the high ceilings and open space in the public areas. CIRA8 ceiling loudspeakers were utilised in areas with lower ceilings where a more discreet approach was required. To power the system, SAW integrated a number of Audac Quad-channel 100V amplifiers combined with COM108 where lower output capacity was required.

“It’s been a great experience working with O&L Leisure on the Midgard project,” concluded Maritz. “They have a clear idea of what they want the customer experience to be – creating a venue that caters to all kinds of use cases and events. We were pleased to provide the technical expertise required to materialise their vision.”

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