TIU opens with Funktion One
EGYPT: TIU is the new concept from three of Egypt’s best-known operators and promoters - Tamarai owners, Ayman Baky and Ahmed Beltagy along with Ahmed Ganzoury of ByGanz Events. The new rooftop venue has replaced Tamarai and has been equipped with a Funktion One sound system supplied by local specialists Center Stage.
Center Stage was appointed to the project following a demonstration of Funktion One’s speakers. ‘We made a big impact through our rental jobs,’ explained Bassem Fahmy, co-owner of Center Stage. ‘Mr Beltagy approached us after attending an event that used Funktion One, but we faced tough competition from distributors of other loudspeaker manufacturers. A myth was spread that Funktion One wasn’t good live. We countered that by renting a system to Mr Beltagy for his club on the north coast. During that time he had some live acts and they sounded perfect on our Funktion One system.’
The main sound system at TIU consists of four Funktion-One Resolution 3 SH skeletal loudspeakers - two left and two right - and a pair of F215 bass enclosures. Two BR221 bass reflex speakers are positioned under the DJ booth for additional low end. Six Resolution 1.5 speakers have been deployed around the back of the main space to form a surround configuration, along with four BR118 bass reflex speakers. VIP tables behind the DJ booth have been reinforced using F101 speakers, while the DJ booth itself is home to a monitor system made up of two F1201s. Amplification is handled by two FFA F40Qs, four F60Qs and an F100, with control from an XTA XO4 audio management system.
‘We’ve had a lot of positive feedback and the client is very happy with the installation,’ said Mr Fahmy. ‘We’re pleased to be working with the owners, who are thought of as the leading lights in Egypt’s entertainment scene. They demand the best and with the Funktion One sound system we were able to provide it.’