E&E continues its Hard Rock Café legacy in Jakarta
INDONESIA: Having spent the last 20 years located in Plaza Indonesia at Jalan M. H. Thamrin, the Hard Rock Café-Jakarta relocated to Pacific Place Mall in late 2013. Alongside the move, a sound system for the new building was required and having become something of a specialist in this field since completing its first Hard Rock Café install more than 24 years ago, Singapore-based Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd designed and installed a system based on EAW, Powersoft, Soundcraft and Symetrix products.
The newly built 657sq-m cafe includes indoor seating for 145 guests together with the standard Rock Shop, selling a wide array of merchandise. Adorning the walls are memorabilia from Black Eyed Peas artists Fergie and Will.I.Am, together with costumes worn by Slash, Jon Bon Jovi’s guitar and an autographed record of the late Donna Summer. To many patrons, the outlet revolves around the burgers, t-shirts and cocktails. However, like all other Hard Rock Cafés throughout the world, music plays an integral role in ensuring the guests remain long enough to order refills. Open seven days a week from late morning until past midnight, the foreground music and sound reinforcement systems installed to host live music are put through real world testing conditions.
Whilst the venue markets itself by proudly serving for all, the dance floor in front of the stage is catered for in audio terms by L-R three-per-side EAW JFL213 line array ceiling-suspended modules augmented by ground stacked JFL118 subwoofers. Each JFL213 module combines dual 10-inch woofers with three horn-loaded, 0.75-inch compression drivers within a vented enclosure, providing extended pattern control into the LF range together with an even dispersion of HF over the entire 110-degree horizontal coverage area. The FOH system is powered by four Powersoft Duecanali 3904 amplifiers, whilst speaker processing is provided by an EAW UX8800 processor.
Overlooking the dance floor and stage area from the upper level, a Soundcraft Si2 48-channel digital console is used for mixing the various bands that perform on stage. The in-house engineer, however, can mix from his iPad courtesy of ViSi software. Between live acts, the DJ operates courtesy of twin Pioneer CDJ-2000 turntables and a DJM-900 mixer, which are interfaced to Rane Serato SL3 software on a PC via USB.
Powered by Powersoft M50Q and M28Q amplifiers, MK5394i 800W two-way speakers have been installed above the bar area to deliver higher SPLs. Two further MK5394i speakers serve as rear fills. The lower frequencies have been adequately addressed as a total of four SB120zp 12-inch and five SB150zp 15-inch subwoofers powered by Powersoft M50Q amplifiers have been installed into the ceiling voids, hidden away from view. A distributed sound system serves the remainder of the café’s peripheral zones including an outdoor area and the Rock Shop, in which 50 wall- and ceiling-mounted EAW SMS5 5-inch speakers powered by Powersoft M20D amplifiers are located.
Upstairs in the control room, the HRC further benefits from a Symetrix DSP system comprising of an 8x8 DSP Symnet processor linked to two Breakout 12 units. The EQ, compression, limiting and other processing parameters in all the various zones have been configured and stored as pre-sets. An ARC-2e provides source and volume remote control, whilst a further two wall-mounted RC-3 controllers allow the facility managers to control the volume in the Rock Shop and bar area.