Edinburgh’s Library of Mistakes is a unique, free learning resource, which focuses on the world's business and financial history. Its recent move to new premises has seen Yamaha processing and speakers installed to assist with its programme of lectures, live streams and podcasts.
Established in 2014, the Library of Mistakes is a charitable venture, founded to promote the study of financial history in the hope that lessons can be learned from the mistakes and failures of the past. As well as its ever-growing collection of books, a feature of the library is its lectures, live streams and podcasts by noted business academics and financial public figures.
Recently it moved into new premises in the city, a former meeting hall for Brownies and Guides, which has been given a complete makeover for its new use. With iron columns, spiral staircases and plenty of exposed wood giving it a suitably ‘olde worlde financial’ atmosphere, a Yamaha MTX3 matrix processor and four VXL1-8 slim line array speakers feature in a thoroughly modern AV system.
Audio Light Systems, also based in the city, was contracted to design and install the system, with audio equipment for voice uplift, presentations and webcasting. The system was designed by the company’s Stuart Dockerill and Trevor Cross, commissioned by Andrew Crowther, and features two pairs of Yamaha VXL1-8s to ensure even coverage of the whole space.
“It is not a particularly large area and, while two might have been adequate, having four gave us plenty of headroom and provided a greater level of intelligibility across the space for both microphone and playback audio sources,” he says.
Another advantage of the VXL1-8s was that their design blended neatly into the vertically-panelled balconies along each side of the room, ensuring they did not visually detract from the décor.