Installing the African Beats
UAE: African Beats Club in Diera’s Fortune Boutique Hotel has recently undergone a significant audio, video and lighting upgrade. The venue has been equipped with an LED dancefloor, large videowalls and lasers topped off with a sound system from L-Acoustics.
Freelance sound engineer and integrator, Jun Bleza, was tasked with the design and installation of the sound system. ‘The club is quite spacious with good acoustics,’ stated Mr Bleza. ‘In my opinion there was no better option for the club than to acquire an L-Acoustics solution.’ In turn he contacted Gareth Armstrong from the French manufacturer’s local partner, Delta AV Solutions, to provide him with the L-Acoustics gear.
The solution comprises a pair of L-Acoustics Arcs Focus tops per side with eight SB18 subwoofers plus 12 distributed 12XTs. The VIP Seating employs four 8XT tops with a pair of 15Ps for low end. The sound system is driven by six LA4 amplifiers while processing is by BSS Blu-160 and LA Manager. Completing the audio system is a DiGiCo SD11 with four Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus and DJM900.
The visual side of the project sees MediaMatrix-controlled LED walls while the lighting sees 40 7R moving head beams alongside LED PARs and the aforementioned lasers. An Avolites Titan lighting controller completes the solution.
‘The sound is awesome, the owner is very happy,’ concluded Mr Bleza. ‘It’s got great reviews from its clients, bands and DJs.’