Sound for The Flip Side
UAE: The official opening of The Flip Side marked the first opportunity for the Dubai-based independent record store to put its new sound system to the test. The solution was designed and installed by Levels and features equipment from Martin Audio, Crown, Electro-Voice and Audio-Technica.
Levels became involved in the project due to its existing relationship with the owner of The Flip Side, Shadi Megallaa. ‘The record shop needed a main audio system with tops, subwoofer, amplifiers and DSP, turntables for the listening stations, and a mobile projector and screen for screening documentaries,’ recalled Hassan Alwan, managing partner at Levels.
To meet the audio portion of this need, Levels supplied a pair of Martin Audio Blackline F15 tops alongside a Blackline S218 sub. Monitoring in the booth is catered to by a pair of the manufacturer’s Blackline F10 cabinets. Power for the system is courtesy of a single Crown XTi 2002 and two XTi 4002 amplifiers while processing is via an Electro-Voice DC One DSP. Completing the solution are four Audio-Technica AT LP120 turntables.
With the store now open, Mr Alwan is very pleased with how the solution sounds. ‘We couldn't be happier. The record shop is an important addition to the musical landscape of Dubai. We are continuing to support The Flip Side with the management of its audiovisual requirements, and will be supplying them with turntables and other DJ/music gear to offer to its customers. And we will of course be there as customers to pick up records!’