The Outback Inn goes large and small with Harman
NEW ZEALAND: The Outback Inn, reportedly the largest nightclub in the city of Hamilton, recently underwent an expansion. To ensure coverage throughout the now larger venue, a new sound system was required, with Outback Inn owners The Lawrenson Group specifying a solution that was powerful and flexible with the ability to be separated into smaller systems if required. The Lawrenson Group designed and installed a solution using Harman branded systems due to past experiences with support the manufacturer’s distributor, Jands.
‘The Lawrenson Group has been proud owners of Harman audio gear in a large number of our venues for many years now,’ explained Jeffrey van Kempen, technical director at The Lawrenson Group. ‘The majority of our nightclub venues have used JBL STX components paired with Crown XTi 2 series amplifiers with very pleasing and reliable results, as a lot of this equipment is run approximately 20 hours a week in some very harsh environments.’
‘The system was specified so that it can either operate as one large main PA when the venue is used as a performance venue or it can be broken down into 3 smaller nightclub systems for regular weekly use,’ Eli Murray of Jands elaborated.
For the expanded Outback Inn, a similar setup was employed. The main PA comprises eight JBL SRX835 loudspeakers with 12 SRX828S subwoofers, while SRX815 cabinets serve as in-fills, backed up by several SRX815P units. Crown XTi 6002 and XTi 4002 amplifiers provide power and loudspeaker management is courtesy of a dbx DriveRack Venu360. For large events, a Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital mixing console was supplied while a Soundcraft Si Impact desks are used for smaller applications.
Following renovations and the installation of the new sound system, Outback Inn staged its first large event. ‘It was also our first real chance to run the system in its entirety and we have literally been blown away with its performance,’ confirmed Mr van Kempen. ‘The results have been very impressive and the solution has kept well within budget.’