Monday, April 23, 2012
AED Rent Consolidates L-Acoustics Inventory With Further Investment
AED Rent in Belgium has boosted its L-Acoustics inventory with the purchase of a substantial amount of new components. The company has added 96 KARA modular WST line source cabinets, 66 of the new ARCSII constant curvature WST line source cabinets, 50 SB28 subwoofers and 36 LA-RAK touring racks to their professional AV rental stock.
AED Rent account manager Koen Conaerts cites a number of different reasons for the investment, including this year’s large-scale sporting events such as the 2012 Olympics and UEFA Euro 2012 football championship and, in general, to support their AV clients through a busy summer.
“This year is a special one, and there are a lot of L-Acoustics users that need more equipment,” says Conaerts. “We can now provide them with that extra equipment. We specifically bought the LA-RAKs as we’re updating our stock to the K-Standard; with a huge stock like ours it takes some years to arrive at that point, and now we are almost there.”
Adds L-Acoustics sales manager Tim McCall, “Such substantial and ongoing investment in L-Acoustics systems underlines the very close and successful relationship that AED andL-Acoustics enjoy. AED was very quick to pick up on the benefits of the standard LA-RAK infrastructure for its business model, as well as to see the excellent technical and business reasons for investing in our newer systems such as KARA and ARCSII. We know that AED will be very busy this summer supporting their customers across Europe and we wish them all possible success in this unique year and many more to come.”
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Meyer Sound Raises The Bar At Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club
New York’s recently renovated 40/40 Club, owned by hip-hop superstar Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez, has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation which included a complete sound system upgrade. Multiple Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems have been installed throughout the 12,000-square-foot nightclub from the main floor and the VIP lounges to the bathrooms and hallway.
Fort Lee, N.J.-based JD Audio & Video Design (JDAV Design) handled design and installation of an A/V package that also includes four 3-by-3 video wall arrays—each measuring 165 inches—and over thirty 55-inch LED flat-panel HD monitors.
According to JDAV Design President Gabriel Karlis, 40/40 Club’s proprietors had previously installed a sound system that featured equipment from various manufacturers. “I kept telling them that Meyer is a much clearer-sounding system,” he recalls. “You can’t come close to the overall clarity.”
“Even out of the box, pre-tuned, the system was blowing people’s minds,” adds JDAV Design’s VP of engineering, Kevin Nellen. “Then we tuned it, and I was blown away individually, section by section. When we time-aligned everything and turned it into one big system, it was really pretty amazing.”
Perez is impressed with his customers’ response to the upgrade. “Both our clients and friends have been blown away with the clarity of the sound,” he says.
The main floor of the 40/40 Club features two UPA-1P and two UPQ-1P loudspeakers, five MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, two Meyer Sound 600-HP subwoofers, three MM-10 miniature subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors.
The mezzanine level houses two UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, three MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, three 500-HP subwoofers, and two MM-10 miniature subwoofers.
Upstairs are five VIP lounges available for private events, each outfitted with Meyer Sound equipment. The elit Lounge houses four 48 V, DC-powered UP-4XP loudspeakers and a UMS-1P subwoofer, while the Corzo Lounge features two UP-4XP loudspeakers, one miniature MM-4XP loudspeaker, and a UMS-1P subwoofer.
The Owner’s Suite and Player’s Lounge each include two UP-4XP loudspeakers and one UMS-1P subwoofer. Last but not least, the Jay-Z Lounge houses four UP-4XP loudspeakers and one UMS-1P subwoofer.
Even the bathrooms and hallway boast Meyer Sound in the form of six Stella-4C installation loudspeakers. And housed in the rack room are two more Galileo 616 loudspeaker management processors, as well as two MPS-488HP and one Stella-188 power supply units.
As for the club’s video, a Crestron DM-MD32x32 DigitalMedia matrix switcher provides control of the video wall arrays and flat-panel monitors.
“It’s a very complex system,” says Karlis, “but with all its capabilities, it ended up being very simple for the end user.”
Buddha-Bar Is A Delight For The Senses With Meyer Sound Low-Voltage Systems
Customers at the new Buddha-Bar in Manila, Philippines, are enchanted by the stimulation of all their senses. Surrounded by sumptuous Oriental décor, they savor succulent Asian fusion cuisine while enjoying an eclectic music mix that permeates the space through a Meyer Sound system comprising the largest count of self-powered low-voltage loudspeakers—132 total—installed anywhere in a hospitality application.
Located in the trendy Picar Place development of Makati City, Buddha-Bar Manila is among the largest in the franchise, accommodating more than 500 people in the first-level lounge, second-level restaurant, and roof deck. The size of the property, combined with the franchise’s extraordinarily high standards, entailed multiple challenges in acoustical and A/V system design, all of which were ably handled by ihD Ltd, a pan-Asian consulting firm headquartered in Hong Kong.
According to Ian D. Harris, managing director and principal consultant at ihD, the brief for high-quality music reproduction tilted the specification toward a Meyer Sound solution. “We wanted guaranteed excellent audio, and this is what we expect with Meyer Sound,” he states.
The majority of seating areas throughout Buddha-Bar Manila are covered by Meyer Sound low-voltage self-powered systems, with 99 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and 33 MM-10 miniature subwoofers installed in the restaurant, VIP lounges, DJ booth, and on the outdoor deck. Sixteen MPS-488HP external power supply units deliver balanced audio to the loudspeakers.
Harris was particularly taken by the remarkable performance of the tiny, easy-to-conceal MM-4XP loudspeakers. “They surpassed our imagination,” he comments. “Certainly they are well specified on paper, but to actually experience a 100-millimeter cube projecting such sound somehow defies logic!”
For the dance floor and portions of the outdoor deck, where greater SPLs are required, the system employs additional AC-powered Meyer Sound products, including four UPJ-1P VariO and three UPJunior™ VariO loudspeakers and four UMS-1P subwoofers.
“The sound is enveloping, even with the very low frequencies of the music.” Harris adds. “The general manager also admires the sound quality, describing it to me as ‘mellow, yet impactful.’”
Harris credits iHD’s Manila-based Mhel Datuin for the overall A/V systems design and Noy Rosario for onsite project management. Meyer Sound contract consultant “dB Dave” Dennison plotted loudspeaker configuration specifics, while AVLS of Manila installed the system under the supervision of Marvic Ramos.
In 1996, French hospitality entrepreneur Raymond Visan—who now heads the global George V Eatertainment group—launched the first Buddha-Bar in Paris. Other George V Eatertainment enterprises also using Meyer Sound systems include Buddha-Bar Mexico, Sanctuary in Dubai, and Little Buddha Café in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
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