A new 700-capacity rock venue in Holland has meant that the citizens of Amstelveen no longer have to travel to nearby Amsterdam for their nightly entertainment. The newly-built P60 opened its doors last November adjacent to the town’s theatre in the reconfigured town square (which now includes a parking lot), and has been thriving to a mix of Holland’s leading bands and international touring acts. Owned by the local government, the three-storey rectangular building cost HFL 11,000,000 to develop. It offers a ground floor café bar under an internet café - and on top is the large performance auditorium, where the sound sweeps through the floor and balcony courtesy of the Martin Audio Wavefront 8 Compact system.
The entire sound contract was won by Martin’s Dutch distributor, TM Audio, who put together a high specification of leading brands. Sales manager Jeroen van Keeken had known sound engineer Arne de Wit from a previous venue - the Hotel Arena in Amsterdam. De Wit was asked to investigate the market for PA systems and four companies were invited to demo systems sequentially, and Martin Audio came out on top. Aside from its sonic superiority, the venue’s administrators were also aware of the huge profile Martin Audio has in Amsterdam’s leading clubs, the Milky Way and Paradiso. Jeroen van Keeken commented: "The venue is true multimedia, staging comedy (spoken word), rock concerts and dance events; thus they needed a versatile system." Van Keeken himself was responsible for the sound design. "I have a lot of experience sellin
PA Installations has installed a Mackie Fussion system in the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. The theatre has been open for just over three years, and had previously hired in sound systems - predominantly EAW - for individual productions. With some help from the local council, the theatre was able to get a grant for a permanent sound system. "Because of the EAW connection I contacted Andy Austin-Brown at Mackie. He came down and did a site visit," explains chief technician Gareth Sumnall. "But it quickly became apparent that the budget would not run to an EAW system, so Andy suggested we looked at Fussion."
Andy Austin-Brown takes up the story: "Because of the type of usage the theatre wanted, I suggested they consider a Fussion system. I asked PA installations to do the demonstration with two stacks of the Fussion 3000. Once they had seen and heard the system it became apparent that not only did it fit the bill from a sound point of view, but the fact that the Fussion system was portable decided it." The system can be moved around the stage area, and by segregating the sub woofers they can use the mid high enclosures as a full range box when required.
PAI have recently completed an installation at Reading University's Students Union Bar. The project was for a complete sound and lighting system, which used Mackie Fussion for the main dance floor and a combination of Martin Professional and Abstract fixtures for the effects lighting.
To run the sound system, PAI’s Martin Draisey selected to use the new Mackie Industrial DX8/10e digital audio mixer. "I was invited to Mackie’s showrooms in Wickford by Andy Austin-Brown for a seminar on the DX8/10e. The presentation was fronted by Costa Lakoumentas (the man behind the development of the mixer) and I was genuinely enthused by what I learned. The unit is highly flexible. At Reading University, for instance, we have used it as a digital processor and loudspeaker management system. I used 9 of its 10 outputs, for main, left and right (Fussion), six circuits for the peripheral loudspeakers (Monitor 8s and 5s), and a single one for the PL80s in the toilets and washrooms. The software and operation made a refreshing change: within a short amount of time I had the DX10 configured and the venue delays and EQs all set up."
PAI’s decision to go with a Fussion system was based on the need for a set-up that could handle anything the students could throw at it. "We had to ‘fly’ the Fussion 3000 cabinets, continues Draisey, "as there was no place for us to stack the system. We hung the cabinets either side of the stage using brackets and assemblies built and designed in our fabrication shop. The 1800s/sa sub bass units were housed under
When entrepreneur Alan Grant was planning his new West London venue, Cherry Jam, he knew sound was going to be of prime importance for the multi-arts programme he had planned.
Having worked with Mark Metcalf at Notting Hill Arts Club for five years, he chose Blue Box Company to specify and install the audio system. Based around the principle of creating a hi-fi sound environment, Metcalf chose Funktion One Resolution loudspeakers for the main system and Genelec studio monitors for the bar area.
Two Funktion One Resolution 2 cabinets are flown left and right of the stage, augmented by two F118s supplying low bass, and a rear fill of one Res2 hi pack and two additional F118 bass enclosures. "One of the main briefs for the architects," comments Metcalf, "was sound insulation as the venue is in the heart of a residential block. The consequent sound proofing, coupled with the compact size of the venue, has resulted in some very neutral acoustics and the Resolution system fills the space effortlessly with very clean dynamic sound."
Early on, one of the other prime drivers behind the project, DJ and musician Ben Watt had commissioned ‘Cherry Picked’ pre club music compilations from various local dignitaries (Jurgan Teller, Tracy Thorn and the like) and as these were to be an important part of the venue's programming, it was essential that these hand-picked tunes came over with equal clarity and drive as the main DJ and band programming. Res 2s allow this as they perform equally well at lower levels without losing their fundamental characterist
The largest hotel chain in Italy, the Jolly Hotels, tested Biamp’s Audia Digital Audio Platform and decided that they liked what they heard. In October 2001, an Audia system was installed in a five-room conference section within the Jolly Hotel Conference Center complex on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. This system was to serve as a beta test for Audia and was installed by Professional Show SRL and Prase Engineering, one of Biamp’s top export distributors worldwide. Biamp’s Engineering staff assisted in the installation as well.
The Jolly Hotel pilot consists of seven Biamp VRAM automatic mixers with five additional radio mics feeding the inputs of two CobraNet Audia units, each with 8 inputs and 8 outputs (8X8 CM). In each of the five conference rooms there is an output as well as five recording outputs and a monitor output. Audio control is through a PC via Ethernet in a remote control room as well as through Crestron wall panels in each of the conference rooms. The Audia units are being used for both input and output equalization as well as matrixing and distributing audio into any combination of the five linked conference rooms.
During the beta test, Jolly Hotel management discovered several noticeable advantages with Audia over the previously installed Gentner equipment. One distinct characteristic is the ease and degree of flexibility Audia offers users so they can configure the audio to fit ever changing conference room needs. Another advantage is the seamless integrated and remote control via Audia’s IP addressable feature that allows a
Kellys nightclub complex at Port Rush is one of the province’s busiest venues. The complex includes the ultra modern LUSH with its even cooler Chill Out room and the now totally refurbished Wild, with its traditional stone and wood interiors.
WILD is split across two floors with separate sound systems: on the top floor the venue retains its existing RCF Event system, whilst on the ground floor a new EAW system has been spec’d. Local installation company, Light and Sound FX were involved in the original installation and won the contract to handle the system revamp. Darren Gardener of Light and Sound FX explains: "Our brief was to reconfigure the Event system upstairs and put a new sound system in on the ground floor. We decided to talk to Andy Austin Brown at Mackie, as he'd been involved in the original spec, and since we had no flying options, he recommended the EAW system."
The EAW Boxes have been positioned to maximize sound coverage for the both the top boxes and the subs, which are situated at right angles to the dance floor. Mackie's Andy Austin Brown on another aspect of the room: "With the room having such hard surfaces, we let the speakers do the work. We didn't spread the sound around the room. By spec’ing the EAW FR 129Z we knew exactly what it would do. The difference between big and loud is the dynamics, so at relatively low levels it will sound good. We have built in enough 'headroom' with the amps.” The system is complemented by an XTA DP226 processors, a Denon CD system and a Formula Sound FSM 600 mixer.
A new face on the international trade show circuit is Le Mark's Rebecca Lace. She has joined the company as project manager with the task of expanding sales and the product profile of Le Mark’s reusable PAL Roadcase Label and accessory range within the US. One of Rebecca’s first outings came at the recent NAMM show held at the Anaheim (Los Angeles) Convention Centre in January, where Le Mark shared a stand with Penn Fabrication.
Penn has developed a unique range of steel dishes for Le Mark's label range. The dish can be specified by clients and can be built in as original equipment for all new roadcases. It is available on a worldwide basis through Penn and its extensive Dealer network.
Show Presentation Services has appointed Tim Brewster as its new head of scenic construction, following a review of operations taken in January this year. Brewster joins SPS after working with Set and Stage for three years as a project manager, following 11 years as construction director for Lewis Productions. During his career, Brewster has worked on staging and sets for a huge variety of shows from the Conservative Party Conference and trade union events to exhibitions in Azerbaijan.
He first became interested in set design and construction after building Doctor Who sets, amongst others, for the BBC following a five year apprenticeship as a pattern maker for British Aerospace. "This is a challenging role," said Brewster. "My focus is to integrate our scenic business fully into the rest of the company and to raise the department profile both internally and externally." SPS's scenic construction department achieved business growth of 241% in 2000-2001, confirming its position as one of the leading independent AV rental and staging companies in the UK.
Jands Australia, in cooperation with Stage Technologies, has been awarded an A$5m (£1.8m) contract for Sydney's new Walsh Bay Theatre. The Walsh Bay redevelopment project, to be completed by early 2003, comprises over 250 prestige apartments and a new theatre on the harbour foreshore in the historic Rocks area of Sydney. In partnership with Stage Technologies PLC, Jands will supply and install stage machinery, power flying equipment and theatre infrastructure services including paging, closed circuit televisions and the stage manager'sconsole. Jands is also supplying and installing Jands HP series dimmers, wired lighting bars and cable reelers, curtains and decorative proscenium surrounds.
Working with French company Serapid, Jands will also supply and install Linklift 100 machines, which eliminate the need for screw jacks and caissons for orchestra pits. The 850-seat theatre will be a venue for touring shows and several resident companies including Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra, the modern Aboriginal dance group.
Frequently referred to as Boston Theatre District’s ‘Little Princess’, the 90-year-old, 1,600-seat Shubert Theatre recently capped off its house sound reinforcement system with the addition of a 32-channel Soundcraft Series FOUR mixing console. Local dealer Boston Light & Sound provided the sale.
The Shubert underwent a $6m restoration back in 1996, at which time an all-EAW/QSC system was installed. A 24-channel Soundcraft 800B desk that had previously been used next door at the Wang since the early 1980s was brought over at the tail end of the renovation to run the Shubert’s house system. Now, almost six years later, the theatre has finally retired its 800B, nearly 20 years old, in favor of a new Series FOUR, which is located ‘rear orchestra’ in typical Broadway fashion.
James R. McCartney, the Shubert’s union sound man for the past three years, comments: "I needed a console that had a minimum of eight auxiliaries with individual pre/post routing per bus per channel because we have to provide feeds for the press, assistive listening systems, dressing rooms, backstage area and so on. Eight VCAs and onboard mute scene programming were other primary requirements, not to mention an 8x8 matrix because the entire house system here at the Shubert is configured on an eight-channel matrix. The Series FOUR provided all of these things as well as a lot of other amenities that I certainly appreciate, such as switchable inserts, aux master muting and extensive PFL/AFL facilities. In my opinion, features like these bring the Series FOUR
Coe-tech has provided all lighting and sound equipment for Aqua - a new independent club concept, the first of which has recently opened in Grays, Essex. The equipment was supplied through IFC and the installation company DIVAS. Owned by Lee Darcy, Aqua is water themed, fusing the oceanic sights, sounds and atmospheres of bubbles, mermaids, fish and fun.
The dancefloor lighting scheme - devised by Coe-tech’s design team headed by Nathan Wan - was crucial to the venue’s visual identity. The walls and columns are painted a pastel blue, complete with stencilled bubbles - and are ideal for gobos and projection effects. The lighting brief was to produce a liquid and flowing feel for the room, and low ceiling height also played a role in the choice of fixtures.
Wan chose 24 Coemar I-Spot 150s (which were launched at PLASA 2001), one of the Italian manufacturer’s new stable of small moving heads. The i-Spots are specifically designed for low maintenance situations like Aqua, where no full-time lighting tech is based on site. Wan also used 12 Coemar Pro Wash LX fixtures, another bright but small luminaire. 10 Futurelight CC200 colour-changing fixtures are used, as well as six Futurelight DF250 multi-colour ‘flower’ effects. Coe-tech also supplied a selection of special effects including two 1500W TAS Saetta strobes and three 16" mirror balls. Other effects include Apollo UV guns, Coemar Versatile effects fixtures and two Nebbia DMX foggers. All lighting fixtures are powder-coated the same Aqua blue.
Dancefloor area lighting is controlled by
Richard Pilbrow, chairman of Theatre Projects Consultants, has announced that Elissa O. Getto has been appointed general manager of Theatre Projects Consultants Inc. She succeeds Victor Gotesman as the chief executive in the TPC South Norwalk, Connecticut office. Gotesman will be joining Jaffe Holden Acoustics.
Getto, who has been a senior consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants, will continue as part of the TPC team performing arts feasibility studies, master planning and advising on a wide range of arts administration issues. She is currently active on studies for Dallas, Virginia Beach and Kansas City.
Richard Pilbrow told us: "We are very pleased to have someone with Elissa's impressive background and experience heading up the office leadership." She joins Brian Hall, director of design and David Taylor, director of project management for TPC.
The new EVO speaker system from JBL Professional has been installed at the high profile Teatr Komedia in Warsaw. The theatre, built in the 19th century, is one of the busiest and most successful in Poland, primarily due to its popular and accessible programme of entertainment.
The theatre was looking for a dynamic and highly precise sound system that would be applicable for a wide variety of shows. They approached JBL’s Polish distributor Polsound, with whom they have worked previously and arranged for a demonstration of the system. Impressed by what they heard, the technical team gave the go ahead for the design, supply and installation of the EVO/JBL system which was overseen by Polsound’s Wojciech Puczynski & Pawel Danikiewicz.
Four EVOi.324 speakers are used for the main auditorium left and right arrays. They are joined by two JBL Marquis Series MS28s for centre fills in the front rows of the stalls. Two low-profile JBL Array 4893A sub-woofers are rigged above the centre fills. This slightly unorthodox position was chosen because of limited options for placement. However it works extremely well for sound effects, blasting additional low end energies out over the stalls.
Four channels of surround sound throughout the curved auditorium are pumped out by an additional ten MS28s, making a total of seven discreet channels of sound, plus a low frequency subwoofer channel in the venue. All signals are routed through a Crown USM810 digital matrix mixer (now the BSS PSS8810), which takes care of all dynamics processing, delays, crossovers etc. The system uses a
Arbiter Pro Audio has helped facilitate a rich sounding JBL sound system in London’s latest club venue - Pacha. The club is located in Victoria and is owned by Billy Reilly, who’s enjoyed massive success with The Cross in Kings Cross.
For the sound system Reilly turned to Pete Dyer of Tarsin, well known for designing, supplying and installing sound systems to some of the highest profile clubs worldwide. Reilly himself specified the JBL system. In turn, Dyer approached Arbiter, and collaborated with Dave Budge (Arbiter’s project co-ordinator for Pacha) on the sound design for the club.
Pacha has two rooms and three bars, with no walls between the two main spaces, so particular attention had to be paid to ensuring that sound spillage between areas was minimized. This was achieved with careful speaker positioning and by maximizing the directivity of the various JBL units used. For the main room, eight full range JBL VS3215-6 loudspeakers from the Venue Series are combined with Sound Power SP128 subs. Preserving the architectural integrity of the club’s interior was essential, so Arbiter specified customized brackets that allow the VS3215s to be rigged off the oval-shaped balcony surrounding the main room.
For infill and the bars, Dyer and Budge chose JBL MS112 speakers, used with a combination of subs. To achieve exactly the right sound for the second room - The Funky Room - MS112s are utilized as main system speakers, combined with SP128 and VS125HS subs. The Funky Room is being used to stage new talent from the UK and abroad during Friday night
Creative sound design and installation specialists CP Sound has completed its latest project in an on-going series of Zinc Bar & Grill venues for Conran Restaurants. Zinc Birmingham was a great challenge, as the background music system had to sound natural and all sound equipment had to be concealed without a wire in sight, blending seamlessly with the clean interior of the building. Thirdly, the downstairs DJ area - for parties, late bar nights and special occasions - had to avoid noise spillage into the main dining area above.
CP Sound’s Colin Pattenden reveals that they excelled themselves in the invisibility department. By the time the CP Sound team had finished the install, the only visible evidence of any sound was four neat volume controls by the downstairs bar. CP Sound utilised JBL speakers throughout, as they have in other Conran establishments, using speakers from the Control 25 Control 25T (with 100 volt line transformer), Control 28 ranges, complete with SB2 subs. The DJ area uses the Control 28s and SB2s. The Control 25s in the adjacent downstairs lounge area are driven as low impedance, receiving 150 Watts per speaker, thus matching well with the SPL levels of the DJ area. Pattenden originally experimented with this method at Zinc Edinburgh, which proved highly successful. Upstairs in Zinc Birmingham’s restaurant area, the Control 25Ts are configured in 100 volt line mode. All speakers are concealed in the ceilings.
Downstairs by the bar are four zone controls covering the DJ area, the seated area to the rear of the room, the middle section b
The exclusive Turnberry Hotel in Ayrshire has selected a Bose sound system as part of an upgrade of music systems throughout the hotel, spa and golf club house. The decision to go with Bose followed Jim Wilson’s (the Turnberry’s technical services manager), consultation with RA Communications of Stirling, to find a system that would deliver a full, rich sound, yet remain discreet.
A Bose Freespace 3 system, consisting of eight satellite cube speakers and two bass units, has been installed in the Turnberry Restaurant - a large room with traditional high ceilings. Freespace 3 systems are also employed in the Spa Terrace and Ailsa Lounge. The Turnberry has also chosen Bose for its new development of 12 luxury lodges and nine cottages, located in the grounds of the hotel. Bose Wave Radio/CDs have been spec’d in each of the lounges.
The newest vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fun Ship fleet - the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride - sailed on her maiden voyage from Miami on December 30. This 88,500-ton ship, built at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, is the second in Carnival’s Spirit class, joining sister ship Carnival Spirit which debuted in April 2001. Carnival Legend, the third in the series, will follow in August 2002.
Nautilus Entertainment Design (NED) is the entertainment facility consultant on all three ships, as well as for 12 other ships currently under development for Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Lines’ parent company which operates six cruise companies worldwide. Previously, NED has designed the lighting, audio, video, projection and rigging systems for the Carnival ships. Their scope of work was extended on Carnival Pride to include the video and audio broadcast systems, a role which included modifications to the satellite receiving systems, video playback and editing, and the video distribution system.
Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fun Ships are well known for their imaginative interiors and Pride continues that trend with a variety of stunning public rooms and areas. These include the Taj Mahal showroom, filled with appropriately intricate India-inspired designs, the Ivory Bar, featuring a Japanese theme, and the Nobel Library, named after the famed award and housing an internet café.
The onsite NED project team was headed up by Glenn Wade and included rigging inspector Bob Murphy, lighting inspector Tony Bader, and audio/video inspectors Matt Hodkins
The newly-built Chelsea Club - an exclusive leisure facility recently opened behind the Chelsea FC stadium in Chelsea Village - has invested in an array of Turbosound equipment, serving various locations throughout the health complex.
Installed by the official supplier, Atmospheric, the Turbosound system is part of a complete audio-visual installation, which includes plasma screens and a control system that routes numerous audio sources through to six different zones. Four specially prepared Impact 50 speakers - with waterproof coating applied to the cones - have been installed in the impressive pool and Jacuzzi area. A further eight have been mounted in the gym, where 16 channels of ‘personal audio’ are routed to all workout stations. Four further Turbosound TCS-35 enclosures have been fitted in two aerobics studios.
Atmospheric’s broadcast services manager, Dave Goody, commented: "Having a discreet product like the Impact 50 works well in so many applications - especially in an era where interior design plays a huge part in sound installation. Impact 50s are small and chic without losing the quality of sound that Turbo’ is renowned for - plus they’re nice and easy to install."
The Music Company has technical installation landmark at The Works on Birmingham’s Broad Street - a new flagship venue for the First Leisure Corporation, which incorporated the 500th Denon DJ unit the Music Company has installed. The audio brief was to provide a higher impact audio system than those found at other recent First Leisure sites. The 2,300 capacity venue contains three rooms, each with its own DJ booth, and each embracing a different music policy.
Music Co specified two Denon DN-2100F twin-CD players for The Works’ main room and the mezzanine level second room, plus a DN-1800F twin-CD deck for the third and VIP room, Top View, which is high in the rafters of the building, overlooking the main room. The main room also features a DN-M2300R twin mini-disc player, and all the Denon devices were supplied to Music Co by Hayden Laboratories. The Works’ Saturday and Sunday main room resident DJ is Mike James who says: "Denon is an excellent, reliable and versatile brand." He has been an avid Denon fan since the advent of the DN-2000 Mk 3 which become an industry standard in the late nineties. On the 2100, he specifically likes the Hot Start and Brake facilities, and is also finding the Hot Start on the mini disc invaluable: "It’s a great facility to have in an DJ booth," he states. For their New Year’s Eve show, he recorded a special 45-minute music and sound effects mix on his PC for the countdown to midnight and the roll-over into 2002. At 17 minutes to midnight, hit the ‘Go’ button on the M2300R - and wa
The first major European installation by Los Angeles-based artist Hiro Yamagata. Photon 999 opened at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, at the end of last year. Yamagata worked with a team of over 30 specialists to realise the installation. 15 laser systems (from Tarm Showlaser, Times of Change and Dymax Special Effects), including four of Coherent’s new Viper lasers, are placed around the edge of a pool. These are projected to over 200 mirrors installed on 20m high JTE truss towers and Mylar holographic panels applied to the surface of the central walkway. The system is controlled by a custom software package designed by Laser Animation.
Three BSS 9088ii Soundwebs have been specified to handle the networking at the important new Media Centre which opened recently in Shanghai. The Centre is based around a single fan-shaped room, measuring 6.4m high and 36m in length. The shortest width is 22m and the longest, 44m. Owned by the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Company, the contract to fit out this new-build site was won by ACE Shanghai.
The company wrote an audio specification to include mixing consoles (Amek/Soundcraft), amplification (Crown), loudspeakers (JBL Vs Series), control components (including dbx equalization), various sound sources, patch facilities and other ancillaries. They recommended to the owners that Soundweb be employed to route the signal sources generated from CD player, cassette recorder, hard disk recorder and microphone - with a local 9010 Jellyfish remote panel. According to ACE Shanghai’s Zhou Ji, the company has preset into Soundweb delay characteristics, gain settings, crossovers, matrixing, limiting, filter, compression, gate, meter point and networking features.
Adjacent to the City Walls and near the famous Minster in the historic city of York, York St John College offers a range of opportunities for post-graduate and post-experience study, alongside an extensive programme of MA and PhD research degrees. The main 9.87 acre site with a history dating back to 1841 is located on Lord Mayor’s Walk, just a few minutes from city centre shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums.
The College has recently embarked on a major programme of investment in infrastructure facilities to develop a state-of-the-art learning centre including a new library and IT facilities. The programme has also included a significant installation of lighting and audio equipment to enhance the college’s Communication Arts Studies in Media and Performance (CASMAP) facilities.
This part of the installation has been carried out by AC Lighting Ltd, creating two drama studios, a dance studio, a recording studio and facilities for music production and pre-production work. The drama and dance studios have been fitted with a high density of ceiling-mounted internally wired lighting bars and an extensive range of Selecon and Vision lanterns. A number of Strand lanterns from a former college location have also been integrated into the facilities. Control is provided by a mixture of Strand and Zero 88 dimmers in conjunction with ETC and Zero 88 consoles. Extensive patching facilities have been incorporated as part of the dimmer installations. Each studio has also been extensively equipped with tracking and drapes to enable simple and rapid reconfigu
Soda in Derby is the latest club to choose a Nexo Alpha E system, installed by Ivor Green Associates. According to Green, Nexo was "the only choice" for his clients who were committed from the very beginning to the highest quality system they could afford. "I was impressed by their enthusiasm and professional approach," he said. "Although it's not the sort of job we would normally undertake, having seen the venue and met the clients and realised that we were of like minds, I agreed to take on the contract."
The club operates on three levels with the Soda bar on the ground floor, a quiet chill-out area with no music at all on the second floor, and the dancefloor itself, home to the new system, on the third floor. Green specified two stacks of Alpha E comprising four Alpha B1-18 bass bins and four Alpha E-M mid-top cabinets each. Crown MA Series amplifiers provide the power and a Nexo NX241 digital controller handles system processing. "It's not a huge system, but it sounds impeccable," commented Green. "The clients wanted a sound system that would deliver high power with extreme clarity, but they also wanted something that would have credibility in this market, and Nexo delivers on all fronts. To my mind the Alpha system represents an excellent technical achievement, and Nexo are to be complimented.
The Clapham Grand, which re-opened three years ago under the management of Howard Spooner's Leopard Clubs has changed its Crown-powered Nexo Alpha system for a new Crown-powered Nexo Alpha system . . .
So what prompted the change? Howard Spooner explained: "The original system we put in three years ago was perfect for the requirements at the time, but since then our music policy has changed to include a more house and dance night as well as our traditional 70s and 80s nights. Also, the dispersion of people through the club has changed. As a result we needed more sub-bass to beef up the low-end, as well some infills for the upper levels. Basically I just felt that our customers deserved an upgrade."
Spooner approached Peter Dyer at Tarsin who enlisted the help of Fuzion's technical director, Gary Ashton, to specify a new Nexo system. Dyer pointed out that although it's only been three years since the original installation, technology has changed. "System control is now digital rather than analogue, and there were several other changes we felt we could make to improve the system, so on balance we felt that it would be more efficient to start again from scratch rather than try to upgrade the existing equipment."
The 1500-capacity club retains its original theatre format with a T-shaped stage at the front for the performers and cabaret which extends out into the main dancefloor. Two tiers of seating overlook the dancefloor with boxes extending down each side of the auditorium. The DJ is situated on his own balcony towards the rear of the stage so he ca