Clair Brothers brings clarity to El Calle
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
elcallestageThe venue majors on acoustic and unplugged acts
Philippines - Resorts World Manila (RWM) has created El Calle Food and Music Hall – a space that celebrates the Filipinos’ passion for jam sessions, delicious food, and good times over drinks.
El Calle, the city’s latest acoustic chill-out spot, features nightly entertainment from some of the best acoustic performers in the country today and special performances from the country’s top acts. Past performers have included True Faith, Ben&Ben, Clara Benin, Top Suzara, Luke Mejares, and more. With El Calle’s special focus on raising the bar for live acoustic music, choosing the optimal sound system was essential.
“El Calle is a very intimate space seating a maximum of eighty people, so we needed a sound system that could deliver powerful sounds but with the necessary clarity for clean acoustic performances,” said RWM technical director for theatre and entertainment Ernesto De Leon. “Since our theme is almost exclusively acoustic and unplugged acts, our wish list for the right loudspeaker and monitor brand was efficiently accommodated by Clair Brothers.”
Wayne Grosser, managing director of Clair Brothers Australia, specified the equipment he knew would possess the sound quality the team at RWM expected. Grosser describes the system’s technicalities, “The main FOH speakers are two Clair Brothers kiT12s that are flown horizontally, left and right, on the downstage edge at 4.8 meters high, with two Clair Brothers CS18-IIs recessed into the stage front on the left and right. The system is running in tri-amp mode, which delivers the necessary headroom when needed from left and right of the console.
The Clair Brothers FF2-HX front fills are on a matrix output, accompanied by seven 8CX-P-100s on six amp channels with on-board Lake® processing delay zones controlled by four matrix outputs from the console. For stage monitors I recommended four Clair Brothers 12AMs powered by two CB12K-PLM amps.” The system also handles in-house speaker responsibilities on occasions when El Calle hosts corporate events, parties, or video productions.
Feedback from performers and guests has been consistently positive. “This room doesn’t have naturally good acoustics, so Wayne came up with the perfect solution to place 8CX fill speakers from the venue’s entrance all the way to the main bar area where they align with the main system,” said De Leon. “The result is evenly distributed, beautiful sound. Everyone loves the quality and clarity of the new sound system. We knew this would be the case.”
(Jim Evans)

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