Melbourne's Mill House equipped for versatility
AUSTRALIA: The lanes and arcades twisting through Melbourne's central area from Flinders Street station are one of the city's greatest charms. The small shop frontages can be somewhat misleading providing few clues as to what lies beneath. A good example of this is The Mill House on Flinders Lane, whose historically retained doorway leads into a 200-capacity venue attracting patrons from breakfast to the early hours. As such, a versatile audio system was sought by the owner, Millett Group, to cater for the varying tastes of the daily customers.
Sydney-based DJW Projects was called upon to assist The Millett Group in its quest. 'Following discussions with the owner, we realised that we needed to provide a system that would deliver managed BGM content in the mornings that would gradually increase during the day until the evening when bands and DJs perform,' explained DJW Projects' Dave Coxon. 'In addition, the venue would need to be zoned so that the front bar and a reception area could play standalone music when required.'
Dante network control is provided courtesy of two Symnet Radius 12x8 EX processors, which are linked to Cisco TL-SG 1024 24-port GB switchers. These are connected to a Radius xOut 12 expander, providing network control. Featuring a configurable input/output option card slot allowing future expansion should it be required, the Radius 12x8 EX platform can support a 64x64 Dante network audio port with 12 analogue mic/line inputs and eight analogue outputs. The expansion slot can host other SymNet I/O cards including 4-channel analogue, digital and AEC.
'With the incorporation of an I/O expansion slot, the Radius 12x8 EX allows an existing installation to be expanded as requirements change,' furthered Mr Coxon. 'This will be a benefit when the owner expands this property upstairs with a hotel.' Presets were programmed and created using SymNet Composer open architecture software. 'The facility manager can log onto the network via Wi-Fi through his iOS device or tablet ? it's really easy to run. Another bonus is the fact that we can also remotely manage the venue from Sydney, providing The Mill House with 24/7 support. This offers real peace of mind and ensures we don't have to jump on a plane to tweak the system or fix simple problems should they arise.'
When the dining tables are removed in the later evening hours, two Pioneer CDJ2000 turntables and a DJM900 mixer draw attention to the DJ booth at the rear of the venue. The equipment rack has also been positioned here for convenience and to minimise cable runs. Operating within the same Dante network, 10 Powersoft amplifiers including five M50Q, three M30D and dual M28Q models receive their audio signals from the Symnet processors.
The amplifiers feed an extensive ceiling suspended EAW loudspeaker system within The Mill House. The front of house bar and reception area is catered for by JF60 models reinforced with a single SBK150 subwoofer. The main area of the venue is covered by 16 JF8 models whilst three JF10s located directly in front of the DJ booth are brought into play during live performances. Located below the DJ booth, seven vertically floor-mounted EAW SBK150 subwoofers are supplement the lower frequencies.
The heritage building restrictions added to the pressures during the three-day installation for Mr Coxon's four-man team. 'We used Klotz ais cabling throughout, but we had to be discrete as to where we could route it,' explained Mr Coxon. 'The Mill House is quite a unique location ? I believe that it will raise the bar and inspire other venues in Melbourne to promote high quality audio solutions.'