Spanning 14 floors and offering several dining options, a gym, more than 3,000 square feet meeting space and a rooftop pool with a terrace bar, the recently opened Canopy by Hilton Downtown in Tempe, AZ was outfitted with an assortment of loudspeakers from DAS Audio.
“Skinny” Greg Gilman, who is involved in a range of music and sound endeavors that includes work as a DJ and as an AV install professional, was contracted to manage the Canopy’s sound system installation. Working in conjunction with Oakland Park, FL-ba, an AV design/build firm, the combined team chose to deploy DAS Quantum, Ovi, and WR Series models on the project.
“The hotel’s entrance is equipped with two black DAS Quantum Q-43-T loudspeakers and, due to installation limitations, we got creative and installed them facing the building so they reflect in the high-rise entryway,” Gilman reports. “Just past the front desk is the lobby, which also doubles as the first restaurant/bar. This space was fitted with ten white Ovi-12s, suspended 14 feet above the concrete floors and two feet from the ceiling, providing equal coverage for Alter Ego (a restaurant and bar) and Myrtle Corner (a lounge/waiting area)—without the undesired reflections from a nearby large room with glass garage doors. We also managed to hide four Q-10 subwoofers and tuned them perfectly so they wouldn’t disrupt guests calling or checking in. Further, just outside the aforementioned garage doors, we placed two Q-23-T loudspeakers with IP Kits for the outdoor patio dining area.”
“Moving into the display kitchen area,” Gilman continues, “is an optional private dining space where we hid two more Q-10 subs and four Q-43-T loudspeakers to match the room’s décor. Exit the elevator on the 14th floor and turn left, and you enter Alibi, a cozy top level bar surrounded by one of the best views of Arizona. Here, there are six Q-23-T loudspeakers, which provide coverage right up to the bar. This way, the bartenders don’t have to constantly ask guests to repeat their orders, and yet the energy remains high. Two Q-10 subwoofers are hidden behind the bare columns of the room.”
“Just outside of the bar on either side, we placed two DAS WR-8826 enclosures for the outdoor dining area on the East Patio or outdoor lounge on the West,” Gilman adds. “While the East Patio has a dedicated Q-10 Subwoofer with an IP Kit tucked away in a corner, another Q-10 with an IP Kit that is custom mounted to the ceiling is shared between half of the pool area and the West Patio. Exiting the West Patio lands one on the pool deck, which features two Q-43-T loudspeakers joined as one unit above the white cabanas on each side of the deck, amounting to a total of four loudspeakers pointing at the rooftop pool. Finalizing the design, there are two Q-10 subwoofers with IP Kits in black that are hidden in the planter area. These provide the other half of the low-end for the pool deck. Of course, DAS Audio power amplifiers drive the entire setup.”
The venue’s overall design is intended to be flexible to accommodate a wide range of activities in each area. To address this with the audio equipment, Gilman makes reference to the fact that, “all zones can be tied to whatever activity is taking place because of the sound system’s overall flexibility.”
He concludes with a note about the company’s power amplifiers, “While we usually praise the loudspeakers, I must admit that I believe the champions of this installation are the power amps at the back of house. The flexibility and multiple models of the DAS IA Series amplifiers are responsible for a cost effective and space saving design. The amps played a huge role in this system’s versatility.”