Miltton is a dynamic, forward-looking consultancy that has grown since its origins two decades ago to become a leading Nordic advisor in communications, leadership, marketing, insight and stakeholder relations. The company has recently transformed an old red brick factory building into their new Miltton House headquarters in Helsinki. High-quality audio-visual technology naturally plays a key role in the new venue. Systems integration specialists Digisähkö Oy, who were charged with designing and installing the AV systems, selected Genelec loudspeakers throughout, for a premium audio experience.
Because Miltton House was designed as a physical meeting place and an inspiration hub as well as a workplace for Miltton’s talent and its stakeholders, high-quality AV systems were a priority from the start. “The investment in Miltton House represents the next phase in Miltton’s growth story,” explained Camilla Linniemi, Partner & Director at Miltton Group. “The ways of working are under constant change, and the best ideas happen when people connect in a meaningful way.” To that end, in the early stages of the project, Miltton engaged top acoustic consultants and AV designers Akukon Oy to come up with an initial design, which was then developed and refined by Digisähkö as the project progressed.
“Akukon had specified that the speakers should be ‘separate, high quality active loudspeakers,’ so as far as we were concerned, Genelec was the obvious choice,” related Digisähkö CEO, Jani Hirvonen. “The brand is synonymous with quality and matched all of Miltton’s criteria concerning sustainability. It was a very easy decision.”
Digisähkö installed a total of 50 loudspeakers from Genelec’s 4000 Series installation range throughout the building. 42 compact 4020 speakers equip Miltton’s wide variety of meeting and conference rooms. Two of the more powerful 4030s grace the company’s airy entrance lobby, while a pair of the heavy-hitting 4040s are reserved for the demo room. “The 4000 Series loudspeakers make life very easy for us as an integrator,” confirmed Jani. “They are extremely aesthetic, so they blend well into every environment; they are active loudspeakers, and so very easy to install; there is a good range of mounting accessories; and of course, they sound fantastic with incredible clarity and detail, even at low levels.”
However, there was one area where Miltton had very specific – and high-level – requirements, and that was for their 350-square-meter event space in the heart of the building, known as Tori. Designed for events of up to 500 people, the space is easily adaptable for the style of the occasion – from cocktail parties to seminars – with seating for up to 300 people. The audio system needed to be similarly versatile with the ability to cater for everything from a DJ or live band to seminar material.
“The requirement was clearly for a high-output, high-fidelity sound system with connections for a DJ mixer, which is a very different animal from a conference room system,” noted Jani. “We asked Henri Ulmanen at Genelec to come up with a design that would combine flawless audio quality with sufficient power and coverage to fill the space with no hot spots or dead zones.”
Henri decided on a main system of two S360 smart active loudspeakers supported by two powerful 7380 subwoofers for low end reinforcement, supplemented by four 4040 loudspeakers (two per side) as delays/sidefills. “I decided on the S360s because of their excellent, neutral reproduction and a long-throw capability that delivers reference-quality accuracy at listening distances of over 10 meters,” explained Henri. “Combined with the 7380 subs, they are an excellent solution for any environment looking for premium-quality high-SPL vocal and music reproduction in a compact form factor.”
“Another important element was the fact that, as a smart active loudspeaker, we can use our GLM software to configure and optimize the S360s to compensate for any detrimental room influences,” he continued. “The Tori event space has a pretty industrial feel with concrete floors and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows, so this was very helpful in ironing out anomalies, especially when the room is being used at full capacity.”
All of the AV systems and the Helvar Dali lighting throughout the building are controlled by the Control4 automation system, via individual touch screens in each of the meeting rooms and the Tori event space for easy operation. Digisähkö implemented the integration between the systems as well as the installation of all of the AV technology.
“We’re very proud of this installation, and Miltton are thrilled with the results,” said Jani. “They wanted a modern, high-quality, sustainable AV solution that is versatile, easy to operate, and reflects their values as a company. Genelec ticked all the boxes and integrates perfectly into the total solution. It’s a great success all round.”