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Some of the new dBTechnologies VIO C12 active loudspeakers now in place at The Viper Room in Hollywood. (Photo Credit: Nick Giumenti)

The Viper Room In Hollywood Ups Its Game With dBTechnologies Upgrade

Famed live performance venue on the Sunset Strip replaces existing VIO L208 mains with new VIO C12 active line source loudspeakers in a project managed by integrator Don Bish.

The Viper Room on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip recently upgraded its concert sound reinforcement system with dBTechnologies VIO C12 active line source loudspeakers serving as mains in a project by integrator Don Bish.

“We loved our existing VIO L208 system, and when it was time for an upgrade, we immediately thought of dBTechnologies,” says Tommy Black, general manager for The Viper Room, who adds that the company’s dedication to customer service was a deciding factor for this upgrade. “dBTechnologies provide systems for much bigger venues, festivals, and tours, but they still make the time for us. They call, they check in, they come by, and they’re great with artists. dBTechnologies gets customer service so they were the natural first choice for our upgrade.”

Don Bish, system integrator, suggested the VIO C12s after using it successfully at outdoor festivals. “We figured that if the VIO series performed well at 20,000 attendee festivals they’d kill it at the Viper Room,” he notes. “But a night club is much different than an amphitheater so putting a powerful VIO speaker array into a space like this had to be done carefully. The dBTechnologies VIO C12s didn’t disappoint, the installation was seamless and now the club sounds better than ever.

“The Viper Room posed some challenges. It’s a smaller space, with low ceiling height and reflective surfaces. dBTechnologies Aurora Net software made a big difference,” Bish continues. “We were able to fine tune individual EQ and amplification power settings on each loudspeaker to get it perfect for the room…and the result is a seamless sound field with no boominess or harsh reflections.”

Performances through the new system have included acts as varied as the Jonas Brothers, the Kid Laroi, Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day, and OTTTO and Bastardane.

“Our dBTechnologies VIO C12 system just works. It’s consistent, sounds great, and everyone who comes through here knows how to operate it,” says Black. “With the kind of talent we host, we’ve got a million things to think about, but it’s comforting to know that the sound system isn’t one of them. dBTechnologies is the type of company you want to stay loyal to.”


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