Café Del Mar installs Turbosound
UAE: Pulse Middle East’s audio designer Joe Chidiac has installed a Turbosound Aspect system at Café Del Mar in Dubai’s Meydan Beach. Mr Chidiac decided on a four-point configuration of Turbosound Aspect TA-500 three-way point-source loudspeakers.
A major consideration for the project design was to minimise sound spillage into the nearby residential area. ‘The entire venue could have easily been covered by two small line arrays,’ noted Mr Chidiac, ‘but as the DJ booth is facing the residential building it became clear that line arrays wouldn't be sufficient in this case because I realised that potentially a lot of uncontrollable sound could be generated and directed toward the residences. We also had to take into account the wind speed and direction, which can be unpredictable.
‘One solution was to surround the audio system in order to keep the sound even in the venue, but that was not ideal,’ he continued. ‘So I looked to Turbosound’s Aspect point source systems for a better solution. The TA-500 series was the best choice for this venue as the 50-degree horizontal x 25-degree vertical dispersion is conveniently focused, and once you step out of the speakers’ hot zone and off the platform, the sound level drops by around 10dB – a very useful noise reduction which made the operation easier by keeping the sound from reaching the residential buildings.’
The three-way TA-500s were arranged in a four-point configuration that concentrates audio on the beachside dance floor. Under each TA-500 a B-18 neodymium driver bandpass subwoofer from the NuQ series delivers low end. Additionally the club is equipped with a further eight TA-500 plus B-18 delay combinations to complete a surround four-way system all over the venue. The system is designed as only one zone with the purpose of keeping the sound equally distributed everywhere in the venue. The loudspeakers were specially treated to IP67 to withstand all possible weather conditions that can occur at the beach in any season.
The whole audio system is powered by Turbosound RACKDP-50 four-channel digital amplifiers with built-in DSP. ‘The DSP-enabled amplifiers provided a simple and speedy solution for programming and tuning the audio system,’ said Mr Chidiac. ‘The factory-loaded system presets required only minimal tweaking at some frequencies.
‘The project was completed in record time, taking only 12 hours to install and configure the entire system including the lighting and rigging,’ he continued. ‘It was really impressive for a permanent system to be installed in such a short period of time.’
‘It has been a great experience with Turbosound,’ said Café Del Mar's owner Umesh Amarnani. ‘I was very pleased with the short delivery lead time, product quality, and support.’