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Record Archive Updates Backroom Lounge With Ashly Audio

Fulcrum Acoustic technicians add nXp8004 and nXp8002 amplifiers to record store's performance space in Rochester, New York.

By PSW Staff June 22, 2017

The Record Archive's Backroom Lounge

The Record Archive first opened its doors in Rochester, New York in 1975. Since then, it has moved and expanded several times, settling a decade ago into a 13,000-square-foot space that co-owners Alayna Alderman and Richard Storms have built out into a music-lover’s paradise.

Four years ago, it opened the Backroom Lounge where local and regional bands perform to up to 150 patrons, and it recently upgraded the sound system with nearby Webster, New York-based Ashly Audio amplifiers.

“Our goal is not only to give our patrons a great musical experience, but also to give the musicians who perform at the Backroom Lounge a great experience, and sound quality is obviously a critical part of that,” explains Alderman. “Fulcrum Acoustic designed and installed the sound system for us, and they recommended Ashly Audio – another local pro audio manufacturer with national and international reach – for the system’s amplification and DSP.”

The Backroom Lounge already had a well-functioning console so Fulcrum technicians added an Ashly nXp8004 and an Ashly nXp8002. Both units deliver 800 watts per channel and include Ashly’s Protea DSP, which allowed the technicians to condition input signals, to tune the room, and to provide all of the necessary speaker crossovers and dynamics protection. 

The Ashly nXp8002’s two channels power the mains: a stereo pair of Fulcrum CX 1295 full-range loudspeakers. The Ashly nXp8004’s four channels power three Fulcrum FX 896 hwedges and a single Fulcrum SUB118 subwoofer, which is placed to the side of the stage near a full-scale Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and a respectable collection of velvet Elvis paintings.

“We absolutely love the new system, and we’ve been boasting that it’s the best sound system in Rochester, at least for a venue of this size,” says Deb Jones, events manager at Record Archive and the de facto sound engineer. “Sometimes I get credit for the great sound, but it’s not really me; it’s the gear. It’s simple and reliable, and I don’t have to worry about it.

“I’m confident with my mixes now, and the system sounds great whether we have it really loud for rock acts or quiet for simple acoustic sets. The Backroom Lounge empties into the rest of the store via three arches so customers shopping the records can enjoy the show too while they sip on their beer or wine.”

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