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The Bastione at Lake Garda Installs Martin Audio Blackline X8 System

FOH Staff • International News • October 14, 2020

RIVA del GARDA, Italy – The Bastione Lounge & Restaurant turned to system integrators Iiriti Srl for a speaker system to go along with the landmark facility’s impressive views. The new system includes six Martin Audio Blackline X8 speakers and a pair of Blackline X115 subwoofers.

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Situated at the foot of Mount Rocchetta near Italy’s Lake Garda, the Bastione is a fortress built in the early XVI century. It is one of the symbols of Riva del Garda and overlooks both the city and the lake itself.

A project run by the municipality of Riva del Garda, aiming to make the bastion even more attractive and accessible to all was recently completed. A new panoramic glass lift that starts from the center of Riva del Garda travels 200 meters to the foot of the bastion, where a brand new restaurant has opened its doors. The breathtaking panoramic view that can be enjoyed from the lift is even more extraordinary from the terrace of the Bastione Lounge & Restaurant itself; the elegant venue is open from morning to night for lunch, dinner, happy hour and musical entertainment, in a unique setting.

To create the perfect atmosphere for this exceptional location, manager Alfonso D’Ambrosio requested a top quality sound and lighting package. System integrators Iiriti Srl designed this around six Martin Audio Blackline X8 speakers and a pair of Blackline X115 subwoofers, which deliver potent and high definition audio throughout the main room and across the terrace.

Giacomo Galassi, responsible for the installation, stated that in Blackline they have a highly successful and popular installation option (alongside Martin Audio’s Adorn A55). “We offer the customer three product lines and Martin Audio is always recommended as top of the range,” he says.

“We have Blackline models on display in a demo room where we invite customers to hear the comparison for themselves. X8 is currently the speaker that best covers the needs of a venue such as this, both at high and low volumes, and even without a sub. It is also discreet, which really suits the interior décor and furnishings.”

In addition, he says, the brand is also chosen for its reputation. “Several clubs [where it is fitted] have had important guests and we know that we are giving them a safe option with Blackline. While in all the venues it is the background music that is most important, whenever there’s a concert or an event that needs a boost, we know we can depend on Martin Audio.”

At the Bastione, Galassi was supported throughout the system programming by Audiosales’ Product Specialist, Senio Corbini. The equipment specified has been integrated into the existing network, ensuring connectivity for bands, DJs or mics (for business meetings) through any of the several RJ45 ports in the room and on the terrace, without the need to add further cables. Amps and processing are also connected to each other through the Dante network.

The entire system is controlled by the Xilica XTouch app installed on the venue’s iPad.

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