Brooklyn, the music-soaked borough that brought us Barbra Streisand, Foxy Brown, Barry Manilow, Jay-Z and many others now boasts SRB Brooklyn, a brand-new venue dedicated to live music, dancing and bringing back the energy of the clubs from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“SRB” stands for Soul, Rhythm and Blues, all of which can be heard with the help of SRB Brooklyn’s Harman Professional sound system featuring AKG, Crown, dbx, JBL and Soundcraft components.
“When we bid on the project, the owner of SRB Brooklyn told us he wanted to cater to all types of music and bring in national acts, and that he wanted a top-quality sound system,” said Jeff Kwan, Vice President of New York sound contractor Canal Sound and Light. “He specifically said, ‘I want the best speakers in tour sound for my club,’ so we immediately thought of JBL VerTec and recommended a Harman Professional system as the way to go for the 500-person room.”
“The building is a converted warehouse, so we had some architectural constraints,” Kwan continued. “It’s a long room but has a low ceiling so flying the main speakers was challenging. We went with two ground stacks of four VerTec VT4888 midsize line array elements per side.
“However, the VT4888’s aren’t just plopped on the ground—they’re placed in a ‘notch’ in each wall on either side of the stage that’s about 10 feet high, so we get the sonic and coverage advantages of raising them off the ground. We also installed three JBL ASB7128 subwoofers under the stage—the ASB7128 is specifically designed to work well either ground-stacked or flown.”
A variety of additional JBL loudspeakers round out the system. Eight VRX915M and two PRX612M floor monitors are deployed onstage and two ASB7118 subwoofers are used for drum fill. Four STX835 loudspeakers and two ASB7128 subs are located at the rear of the club while four AC28/26 compact loudspeakers and one AM7212/00 provide additional fill throughout the venue.
“We installed Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers to drive the VT4888’s, ASB7128 subs and STX835 rear loudspeakers, and Crown XTi Series amps for the stage monitors and other fill loudspeakers,” Kwan adds. “The I-Tech HD amps’ preset tunings and adjustable built-in DSP make them the perfect match for the bigger JBL loudspeakers, while the XTi amps offer a good combination of price and performance.”
A dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management System provides speaker processing and control.
A variety of AKG mics fill out the Harman system, including D7 vocal mics, C3000, C451B and C535EB vocal and instrument condenser mics, C518M and D112 drum and bass drum mics, D40 instrument mics and a P2 low-pitched instrument/bass drum mic. In addition the stage is equipped with 20 BSS AR-133 active direct boxes.
There were challenges during the installation. “As it turned out the original design of the stage did not provide enough acoustical treatment for the subwoofers,” Kwan noted. “When we first put the system through its paces the subs really shook the stage. We had to add sand and concrete to the stage to eliminate the shaking and noise and direct the low-frequency energy forward towards the audience.”
The result was worth it: “The venue’s management wanted SRB Brooklyn to be a music venue that rivals any place in Manhattan. He definitely accomplished that. It’s an unpretentious place where people can really enjoy themselves and appreciate the best audio system in Brooklyn.”