Venuetech gets Mahec cooking
UAE: With 18 restaurants together with three of Dubai’s most popular bars all congregated together, the Village Terrace of the Le Meridien Airport hotel takes on the appearance of a European square or piazza with its outdoor seating. Diners entering the complex through the main entrance from Airport Road immediately pass the latest addition to the family – Mahec. Signifying Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine, the Indian restaurant combines traditional and modern recipes. Given the competitive nature of the location coupled with high customer expectations, Mahec has also differentiated itself from the other 17 restaurants by providing a unique audio system.
‘To maximise the appeal of the venue, Mahec also serves as a bar and a club in addition to a restaurant,’ explains restaurant manager Santosh Kumar Shaw. As such, a versatile loudspeaker system caters for all three functions appealing to different clientele as day turns into evening and night. ‘During the day, the background music creates an atmospheric ambience during the Thali lunch. We’re targeting customers between 25 and 50 years of age who wish to dine late into the evening, so we have to increase the SPLs to appeal to these diners.’ Monitored by an EV ZXa1 speaker, the house DJ caters for this crowd after 8pm from his twin Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus players and DJM-900 Nexus mixer in a booth adjacent to the bar area.
Mahec has been specifically zoned into four sections. The main bar area is transformed into a dance area after the final meals have been served at 10.30pm. Here, L-R wall mounted EV-F 1122S 12-inch cabinets have been horizontally oriented to ensure that the 60-degree horizontal coverage cannot reflect off Mahec’s rear walls and that reflections in the 11m high steeple-like ceiling above the bar are minimised.
Venuetech designed the audio system for Mahec’s multi-purpose needs. ‘The systems integrator RDK had problems fixing the 28.6kg speakers to the gypsum walls, so we had to design customised brackets so that they could be fixed onto the concrete beyond that,’ confirmed audio division manager Fadi Constantine. The two-way 500W speakers are capable of producing a maximum SPL of 131dB, for which the low frequency has been extended by two floor standing TX1181 single 18-inch subwoofers. Venuetech recommended that a bespoke perspex cover be placed on top of these free standing subwoofers in the knowledge that the cabinets would double up as drinks stand furniture during the ‘club hours’.
The dining area is served by four horizontally fixed EVU-1082/95 8-inch models whose 90-degrees by 50-degrees waveguide provides even dispersion without unnecessary reverberation in the listening area. ‘It’s vital that the diners can relax and are not distracted by slap back or excessive SPLs’ furthered Mr Kumar Shaw.
Similarly, the 2.5m high VIP alcove to the right of the bar area receives its SPLs courtesy of a further two EVU-1082/95 ceiling-mounted speakers.
The excellent entrance location of Mahec has been enhanced by the soothing DJ tones emitting from the weatherised Evid 6.2 and 4.2 wall mounted speakers that cater for the dining tables in the outdoor garden. EV CPS 4.10 and CPS 8.5 amplifiers power the entire inventory of EV speaker models, which is zone controlled by an NetMax N-8000 processor in the DJ booth. ‘We programmed presets according to the time of day and for the different zones,’ explained Mr Constantine. ‘For example, it is important that the restrooms in Mahec maintain an ambience on par with the main bar late at night, so we have created that courtesy of the EV C4.2 ceiling speakers.’
‘The audio system plays an integral part of our business plan,’ Mr Kumar Shaw added following a successful opening week. ‘The diners and the late night patrons like the concept and are returning. We have created the right mood according to the music played at different times of day. As such we have extended our appeal and hours of operation, thus vindicating the investment we have made.’