Providing Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino and Resort with a complete audio solution for its retro ‘70s and ‘80s Boogie Nights dance club, Moorestown, New Jersey-based Starlite Productions installed JBL Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers from Harman, making it a premier night club that boasts high-fidelity sound quality.
The Tropicana needed a solution after management renovated a section of its casino into the Boogie Nights club and approached Starlite to design the venue’s entire audio, video, control, and lighting system. “
The biggest challenge was ensuring our clients’ needs were met to the fullest degree, while keeping everyone involved on the same page throughout the process,” stated Brandon Powell, Systems Project Manager at Starlite.
Boogie Nights comprises a long space just off the casino floor with three sections including a club area, a bar and lounge. There is also a VIP area and a balcony area that performers and dancers can access.
The audio system in the club area is anchored by JBL’s new Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers, specifically designed for the dance club market.
There are four JBL MD49 loudspeakers and four MD7 dual 18-inch subwoofers suspended from the building structure, hung to cover the dance floor from all sides while providing stereo imaging from any dance area on the floor.
The loudspeakers are positioned around and inside the perimeter of a large circular truss roughly 30 feet in diameter that is suspended 20 feet above the dance floor. This allows people to step just beyond the dance area to converse without interference from the high-output levels of the loudspeakers.
Other overhead features include intelligent lighting, fog machines, bubble machines, video projectors, and the biggest disco ball on the Atlantic City strip.
There are also 10 MD55 loudspeakers throughout the bar and lounge, with two of them flown over the stage for the DJ or talent monitors.
All the speakers are powered by Crown amplifiers, which are located in the equipment racks next to the bar. There are two Crown Macro-Tech 12000i amplifiers, six Macro-Tech 5000i amplifiers, one CTS2000 amplifier and one CTS8200 amplifier.
The system also boasts two BSS audio processors: a BLU160 and a BLU320 handle audio routing, signal processing and speaker management throughout the space.
Starlite utilized an additional output to feed the casino floor area immediately outside Boogie Nights, so during open hours, what is being played inside will overflow into the gaming space, excluding microphone feeds.
When deciding on the best equipment for the job, Lenny DiGangi, AV Sales & Design for Starlite, mentioned, “We have a great relationship with Harman and knew the Marquis Dance Club Series would be perfect for this application. Everyone has their preferences and we chose the products and components that make us the most efficient installers and programmers, while keeping the project in the scope of what our client wants.”
“I was impressed with the MD49 loudspeakers as they are smooth right out of the box,” Powell said. “The Marquis Dance Club Series is set up for clubs. The super tweeters and the 4-way, quad-amplified configuration add great value and sound quality to these boxes, giving them exceptional clarity with loads of headroom.”
“The Macro-Tech amplifiers are workhorses,” Powell added. “The CTS amplifiers get the job done well—this is known industry-wide and is the reason we continue to use them.”
“Starlite did a fantastic job with the entire project, especially since the installation experience was very challenging,” said David Peña, Owner, Boogie Nights. “Since the club is a transformation of a huge open space, it was a difficult room to fill evenly with audio.
“The sound system is incredible! Customers constantly comment on how impressed they are and how clean it sounds. The lounge area has great energy while allowing patrons to still have a conversation due to the ability to direct sound.
“The loudspeakers definitely complete the Boogie Nights experience. Some of our other clubs have JBL and we’ve always had great experiences with their products. JBL is a name I feel comfortable with and I know their speakers are dance quality.”
Other members of Starlite Productions who helped with the design and implementation of the project include; David King, Senior Systems Manager who wrote the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect file and tuned the space using Smaart real-time sound analysis; Mark Pacitti, AV Integrator who wrote the program that manages system control and video routing; James Suit, Lighting Sales, who was in charge of lighting design; and Brandon Creel, Systems Project Manager who programmed the intelligent lighting and dance floor.