Brix contains LD Systems
SINGAPORE: As in fashion, bars and clubs come and go in Singapore. Style however remains a constant and as such Brix – or Brannigans as it was called before 1998 – has endured the test of time. The nightclub is discretely located in a large basement space under the Grand Hyatt Singapore on Scotts’ Road, which is regarded as the epicentre of entertainment in the Lion State. Whether it’s jazz, funk, R & B, hip hop, soul or disco, live music performed by a regular roster of international bands is the lifeblood at Brix. As such the loudspeaker system is at its heart.
The basement was re-worked under the direction of renowned Japanese design firm Super Potato whose minimalistic design philosophy extensively uses natural and salvaged building materials such as wood, stone, glass and metal. As the name suggests, Brix was named after the predominant building material used in its construction. Low open ceilings expose the metal ductwork, whilst the spotlights highlight the texture and patterns of the brickwork creating a toned down effect. Three zones characterise the cavernous space for which the dark stone tiled Wine Bar and Whisky Bar provide a more intimate atmosphere, whereas the timber floored Music Bar acts as a marker for those who wish to expose themselves to a higher SPL tempo.
Rather than catering for fashionable trends, the various sound systems that have been integrated into Brix over the years were specified to ensure guests were kept happy. With the Grand Hyatt lobby located directly above Brix, an absence of acoustic separation led Executive Productions’ Shah Hussain to seek an audio solution that would greatly reduce spillage upstairs during the 10pm – 3am nightly live performances. ‘We’ve been managing the venue here for 10 years and it’s been an on going issue,’ confirmed Mr Hussain. ‘We push the loudspeaker system in the Music Bar hard every night, so it has to be serviced, maintained and looked after.’
The Meyer Sound UPQ-2P speakers and HP600 subwoofers continue to provide the high octane SPL’s for the dance floor. However, the delays and fills throughout the main bar needed to be upgraded in order to provide even coverage without emitting upstairs. Having recently utilised LD Systems loudspeakers to good effect in a number of educational, HOW and hospitality projects, Medusa LVS has installed six VA4 dual 4-inch array speakers onto the ceiling together with two array LDV212B dual 12-inch bass reflex subwoofers for extending the low frequencies below 80Hz. The focused 120-degrees horizontal x 10-degrees vertical dispersion of the Kevlar cone speakers ensures their energy is directed where required.
A seated zone located away from the overhead lobby has been provided with a higher SPL system in the form of three passive Stinger 12 G2 cabinets, suspended from the ceiling. Both the Wine and Whisky Bar have each been outfitted with two discreet Curv 500 S2 satellites and 10-inch subwoofers to enhance the intimate atmosphere. The 120mm cubed aluminum 1.73kg housings combine 4-inch midrange drivers with three 1-inch HF tweeters that have been arranged vertically ahead of the speaker. They combine to create 110-degrees horizontal x 10-degrees vertical dispersion, which once again reduces reflections on the overhead ceiling. Two units of LD Systems’ Deep2 2400 X dual channel amplifiers power the Stinger G2s whilst the SP 1K8, SP 4K and SP 2K4 power the line array rigs. Meanwhile, two LDP260 processors manage the DSP.
Medusa LVS project manager Ceril de Silva oversaw the installation at Brix confirming that the low ceiling height posed a problem. ‘The 2.5m height restricts what you can do in Brix. Additionally, we had to install the speakers outside club hours, which is tricky as they’re open seven days per week. The LD Systems solution, however really helped us as they’re lightweight systems that are relatively easy to integrate into any architecture. Whenever we’ve used their products, we have received excellent technical support from their German HQ and locally from Chandan Mahtani and his team here in Singapore.’ For Medusa LVS, LD Systems are very much in vogue.