15 Aralık 2007 Cumartesi

DJ Tiësto Opens Cineac with Soundweb Control

World-famous Dutch DJ Tiësto has opened a new club-restaurant in Amsterdam. Called Cineac, this former cinema (and once Planet Hollywood) is situated in the heart of the city, close to the Rembrandtplein.
The multi-storey venue was taken over last year by the owners of the Mansion — another luxurious club in the Dutch capital — and Tiësto, who was looking to expand his portfolio beyond touring. The new installation features a Harman Pro solution from the ground up, with Soundweb London from BSS Audio at the heart of the control.
Using HiQnet London Architect, the system was designed by Martin van Kouwen from Audio XL, the Harman Pro distributors, using a CobraNet digital backbone and Harman’s proprietary HiQnet communications protocol. The installation was carried out by locally-based audio visual specialists, Vasco Showtechniek to comply with local sound regulations; last year the same company installed a matched Harman Pro system in the prestigious XtraCold Amsterdam complex.
As for Cineac, this serves as both a nightclub with central stage, and high-class Chinese/Dim Sum restaurant — with a VIP/cocktail lounge providing the third area. Audio control of each zone is provided by the reconfigurable BLU-80 processor and BLU-32 I/O expander. Three Soundweb London BLU-10 remote touch-screen controllers provide an intuitive local control interface from which source selection and local volume control can be set in each of the club, restaurant and cocktail lounge areas. Wireless control is also possible allowing each location to be equalised remotely.
The Soundweb DSP is used to optimise a main sound reinforcement system comprising six JBL VRX932LA constant curvature line array enclosures plus a pair of L/R custom subs positioned underneath. The delay system features a further four VRX932LA loudspeakers and two VRX918 subs, powered by Crown I-Tech 6000. For monitors, Vasco Showtechniek has provided a JBL SRX712M/SRX 718S combination, powered by Crown XTi amplifiers.
The balcony and lounge areas are serviced by eight JBL Control 25AV and four Control 29 loudspeakers, assigned to Crown CTs 8200 multi-channel amplifiers, while ten JBL Control 26CT ceiling speakers and three Control 19C subwoofers are likewise driven by CTs 8200’s in the restaurant.
Live acts are serviced by an AKG IVM-4 in-ear monitoring system and other Harman Pro components including a Soundcraft GB8 (16/4/8) live sound mixer, UREI 1603, 4-stereo channel DJ mixer, further JBL DJ monitoring, BSS Audio FCS966 30-band graphic EQ, dbx 1066 compressor/limiter, Lexicon MX400 XL four-channel delay — and various AKG microphones.
Said Martin van Kouwen: “This is an elegant solution which allows Cineac to personalise its music in each of the three zones — while the acoustic treatment and programming of the Soundweb DSP thresholds ensure that the venue is no longer beset with sound leakage and excessive volume, which had always been its problem in the past.”