The craft beer and micro-brewing industry is a worldwide sensation that in recent years has found its way to Bangalore, the pub capital of India. The Arbor Brewing Company (ABC), a local brewpub and eatery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the inspiration for one of Bangalore’s largest and most popular brewpubs: ABC India.
With the recent increase in pub-goers, ABC India’s sound system was in need of an upgrade to cover the multiple zones throughout its 12,000 square feet and support its future expansion plans. Harman Professional’s Application Engineering team specified a system consisting of BSS Audio signal processing, JBL Professional loudspeakers, and Crown Audio amplifiers.
The Harman team carried out the entire design process, testing and commissioning of the project while India-based system integrator Sigma Byte handled the installation which includes a BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 networkable signal processor with two BOB2s for 16 additional audio channels to create four stereo zones throughout the venue (outdoor area, tap room, bar and lounge, dining and cellar). A single BSS BLU-8v2 programmable zone controller was integrated in the AV Control room to control each of the four zones.
“As the crowd sizes increased, the existing system could not produce adequate SPL with intelligibility needed throughout the pub,” comments Sunil Karanjikar, application manager, Harman India. “Due to the crowd noise level and size of the venue, the pub was split into controllable zones. The zones were created with the help of the BSS BLU-100 and BOB2’s while a BLU 8v2 was installed to control the volume and source of each zone.”
The outdoor area was fitted with JBL Control 23 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers backed by SB-2 dual coil wall-mounted subwoofers and powered by a Crown XLi 3500 dual-channel amplifier. JBL Control 25AV loudspeakers cover the tap room, and are supplemented with SB-2 subs. The Application Engineering team designed the tap room zone with a Crown XLi 3500 amp and Soundcraft EPM6 audio mixing console for signal monitoring and the added ability to use the tap room for private dinners or parties with its own music source.
In the bar and lounge zone, the front system consists of JBL PRX615M powered loudspeakers, AC15 compact loudspeakers for center fill, as well as VRX918SP powered subwoofers. In addition, Sigma Byte deployed C29AV-1 loudspeakers and Control SB210 subwoofers powered by Crown XTi 6002 and 2002 amplifiers. The dining and cellar areas were outfitted with Control 25AV and C29AV-1 loudspeakers with Control SB-2 and Control SB210 subwoofers powered by an XTi 6002 amplifier.
“The system we had in place was unable to effectively cover the areas we needed it to,” says Gaurav Sikka, CEO of Arbor Brewing Company India. “With the new Harman system customers are afforded the luxury of crystal-clear sound while still enjoying conversation with their friends and family. It’s truly a luxury because rarely do pubs have the ability to offer great conversation and great sound at the same time.”
“Arbor Brewing Company India’s management team requested a high-quality, high-performance system and we are proud to help further their endeavor in India,” states Prashant Govindan, director, India Operations, Harman Professional. “An installation of this size consisting entirely of Harman components is a testament to our commitment to offering full-service solutions for the needs of any venue.”