Cairo Jazz Club goes L-Acoustics
EGYPT: The annual renovations at Cairo Jazz Club have seen the central Cairo venue re-open with an L-Acoustics sound system. The new system comprises a combination of Arcs Wide and X Series loudspeakers and was designed and installed by Heliopolis-based Audio Technology.
‘The project presented us with some interesting challenges,’ reflected Amir Hany, sales and marketing manager at Audio Technology. ‘Cairo Jazz Club covers 200 sq-m in an L shape with exposed air conduits as obstacles, which makes even sound coverage difficult. The club hosts a variety of musical genres on different nights, including jazz, dance, acoustic, electronic and more.’
The distributed system was designed using L-Acoustics 3D modelling software and the input of its application engineer, Oliver Hebert. ‘Three X15 HiQ coaxial cabinets cover the dance floor area, and can be configured in different ways depending on the position of the DJ booth, or if a live band is playing,’ explained Mr Hany. ‘Two SB18i subs reinforce the low frequencies and are placed on the ground, whilst two Arcs Wide speakers cover the larger areas just outside the dancefloor.’
The rest of the system sees two X12 cabinets cover the bar areas on one side of the club, with the other side is covered by a further X12 and an X8 cabinet. The entire system is controlled and amplified by four LA4Xs.
‘Although the total number of cabinets isn’t large, the design and set up of the system is quite complex,’ said Mr Hany. ‘The beauty of the L-Acoustics philosophy is that it offers a clear and streamlined product line, and all cabinets have the same sonic signature. This meant that we were able to install the loudspeakers we needed for the space, knowing that they would all interact smoothly. To make everything work seamlessly, we installed an L-Net Ethernet-based network, which allowed us to give the system the flexibility it needed. There is an obvious difference in Cairo Jazz Club’s sound clarity and distribution since installing L-Acoustics in the venue. We are very happy with the outcome.’
This opinion is shared by Cairo Jazz Club’s Alexander Rizk. ‘When it came time to update our sound system, L-Acoustics was the best choice. The system addresses both the challenge of our diverse line-up and the awkward shape of the room. L-Acoustics also has the clearest, most highly defined sound on the market. We are very happy with our choice.’