Charleston nightclub upgrades with DAS
Monday, 10 June 2019
trioTrio has a new owner and a million-dollar renovation
USA - Trio, Charleston’s downtown dance club and lounge has a new owner, a million-dollar renovation, and a line-up of internationally-recognised DJs, all of which was unveiled during the club’s grand opening weekend 22-23 March
Renovations include a technologically-advanced light and video production system and DAS Audio loudspeakers throughout. In addition to loudspeakers from the company’s Artec and Ventec product lines, Trio also serves as a ‘proving ground’ for the forthcoming E11EVEN Sound by DAS Audio loudspeakers.
iDesign, a Miami, FL-based AV design / build integration firm was contracted to design and deploy the new sound reinforcement systems throughout Trio. Michael Meacham, the company’s owner and lead designer, worked in conjunction with DAS Audio’s national sales manager for installation and nightclubs, John Fiorito, to create the new sound systems. He discussed the project and his reasons for deploying DAS loudspeakers.
“Trio includes an upstairs club, a downstairs lounge, plus an outdoor patio area - all of which totals approximately 6,400sq.ft of space,” Meacham explains. “The upstairs area focuses on a combination of electronic dance music, Top 40, and generally maintains an open format. This club also has several shows each month on Thursday evenings. The downstairs lounge and patio areas have live music also, with the focus being Top 40 cover bands. Because of the emphasis on live music, it was important to deploy loudspeakers that had accurate reproduction and solid dispersion characteristics so that the sound would be evenly distributed throughout the spaces.”
In the first-floor lounge area, the iDesign team deployed four DAS Audio Artec 310.96 2-way point source loudspeaker enclosures. For low frequency reinforcement, there are also two DAS Vantec 18 bass reflex subwoofer systems. This combination of loudspeakers was installed in a mono configuration.
In the second-floor nightclub area, Meacham and his installation team deployed the forthcoming E11EVEN Sound by DAS Audio loudspeakers. Here, four ES-10 top boxes surround the dance floor at a height of 12ft in a true 4-point stereo configuration. These are augmented by a pair of DAS ES-218 sub bass enclosures that are coupled in front of the DJ - underneath the stage - in a mono configuration. Completing the setup, there are also two DAS Audio Artec 308 2-way point source enclosures that serve as side-fills.
With the DAS Audio loudspeaker equipment up and operational, Meacham says his client is very impressed. “Trio continues to be one of the busiest nightclubs in Charleston every Friday and Saturday night,” he says. “Trio owner Eric Gussin, the various DJs, and guests have all reported positive feedback.”
(Jim Evans)

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