Case Study - Restaurant Bar Sound System Installation case


Odd Restaurant Bar Nightclub Northern Quarter Manchester

Three years after the opening of Manchester based Odd bar and two years after the launch of sister venue –the award winning Odder bar (best bar north and best bar UK 2007-2008) Managing director Cleo Farman took the decision to completely overhaul the existing sound systems of both venues. This move was driven by her frustration with the existing systems which were prone to failure and did not come with 24 hour support, proving critical when high profile DJ’s such as Mark Ronson are playing. Blacka Acoustics has completed sound, light and AV solutions for many bars, nightclubs and live music venues throughout Manchester, such as; One Central, Ruby lounge, Jabez Clegg and Lounge 31. Blacka Acoustics’ Craig West related his initial impressions of the venues: “The specifications were way under the necessary requirements, and the systems had a variety of problems that were never rectified. He added: “The clients main requirements was that support was available; Blacka Acoustics offers venues (whether we have provided an installation or not) 24/7/365 support, with an engineer available within 20 minutes of a call being taken. Any equipment that we stock (which is vast) is available, so if any problems arise from a DJ spilling a drink into a mixer, to a whole rack of amps going down, we have the inventory and engineers available to resolve problems at any time.”

During the day both venues require background music, spread evenly throughout because each has a jukebox that plays music continually at a background level. In the evenings a variety of DJ’s play. At odd bar the music being played by the DJ is to be dominant (not background,) but with more of a relaxed bar atmosphere, rather than a nightclub. To this effect, Craig and team installed four Blacka Acoustics TFR 8-01 all powered by two QSC RMX 2450 and one QSC RMX 1450 power amplifiers. Processing is via a DBX 2/3/4 Crossover and a DBX 166XL compressor/limiter, which provides system protection from the DJ input signal. Cleo also called for a A/V installation so Blacka Acoustics provided a Panasonic DVD player and a Sanyo projector ceiling mounted downstairs. Both venues are split into two zones, upstairs and downstairs –with each source (DJ/DVD/Jukebox) being able to be played in either or both zones, thanks to a Cloud CX-263. Remote control is from a Cloud RSL-6 wall plate. Craig said “No system configuration changes are needed after the initial install- there is simply a wall mounted zone control switch, allowing the overall volume of each part of each system to be controlled, for both volume and signal source.”

Across town at Odder bar, a similar setup has been adopted, but this venue required a transition from daytime background sound to a late night club sound so as this venue can have more of a nightclub feel upstairs, Blacka installed a more weighty system. Craig explained: “Odder bar has systems for both upstairs and downstairs that are capable of high volume for that nightclub requirement. Upstairs there is a individual volume control for the dance floor and surrounding seating areas, so a club vibe can be created.” The system includes four Blacka Acoustics FRW 12-01’s mounted above the dance floor and two Blacka Acoustics RF-15 subwoofers. Odder plays host to world class DJ’s on a regular basis, so Blacka Acoustics provided quality DJ kit to ensure their needs were met, this included; an Allen & Heath Xone:62 mixer, Pioneer CDJ-1000 mk3’s and Technics SL1210’s all mounted in the company’s custom made flightcase. Cleo commented: “It’s made such a difference, Blacka are on call all of the time and they get down here like a shot if I need them.”

 




Odd Bar Manchester

                 
Venue Odd Bar Restaurant Nightclub Northern Quarter Manchester System Format Background sound and Nightclub dj PA Capacity 200

System Configuration

X4 Blacka Acoustics TFR 80-1 Full Range Units - X2 Blacka Acoustics RF 12 Subs Units - X1 Pioneer DJM500 DJ mixer - X2 Technics SL1210’s turntables - X2 QSC RMX 2450 Amplifiers - X1 QSC RMX 1450 Amplifiers - X1 DBX 2/3/4 x over - X1 DBX 166 XL Compressor - X1 Panasonic DVD - X1 Sanyo Projector - X1 Cloud CX163 - X1 Cloud RSL-6


 
Odd Bar Manchester
Odd Bar Manchester
Odd Bar Manchester
Odd Bar Manchester
 
 
Odd Bar Manchester
Odd Bar Manchester
Odd Bar Manchester
Odd Bar Manchester
 

 


 

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