Audio-wise at the Core, CP Sound’s Colin Pattenden utilised as much as possible of the existing installation, whilst also addressing the previous system’s serious lack of bass. He added four JBL MS125S cabinets to the room, complete with new RSE PFX 1200 clip control amplifiers. CP Sound also added a DJ monitor where previously there was none - plus two JBL top cabinets for infill, and another two RSE amps, plus a Formula Sound AVC2 limiter.
The lighting installation was also designed by Colin Pattenden working with Ian McLaughlan. Over the bars are a series of fibreglass armadillos (for those Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas moments) and between each is a fibreglass pod - six in total. Each pod has an Opti Solar 250 projector with oil wheel behind it, shining through the centre section of the pod - with the effect of making the pod appear to be moving and ‘growing’ inside. Opposite the bar are two more pods, with a further four over the dancefloor - each pod with its own Solar 250. Solar 250s are again used with oil wheels over the stairwell and behind a pod in the entrance producing a liquefying effect. On the stairs, another Solar 250 projects ‘The Core’ logo onto the wall opposite the club’s entrance.
The pyramid shaped roof void above the dancefloor houses the main lighting rig. This was all newly supplied and installed by CP Sound and consists of 8 MAD QScans, 8 MAD QStars, 4 MAD QColours, 4 Abstract VR8s and an ANYtronics 1500 Watt Megastrobe - all controlled by a Pulsar Masterpiece 216 desk.