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May, 2001:

Establishment Edinburgh

Mirror Ball Ceiling

Mirror Ball Ceiling

Establishment In Edinburgh’s West end required design of a full sound and lighting system    providing maximum quality and effect without distracting from the stylish modern design and branding of the club/lounge concept. In addition the varied music policy of the venue required a DJ booth set-up which covered all eventualities but still allowed simple operation by the venue managers.

The main dance floor area utilises four JBL SP212-9 Bi-amped and two fully refurbished Sherman Commando Bass Bins located under the raised seating off the Dance floor. The main peripheral areas use JBL Marquis series delayed correctly to allow operation in time to the dance floor bass end. The VIP area utilises refurbished JBL control One’s which in addition to having their own delay setting may be controlled by an independent level control located behind the VIP bar. The System is controlled using a dBx Driverack 482 Slave with an installed data link to a RS232 socket in the DJ booth allowing local tuning of the system using a laptop computer.

Effect Lighting

Effect Lighting

The lighting system features a half mirror ball theme with a series of small 12 inch half mirror balls lining the raised seating area, lit from the floor. The centrepiece of the dancefloor and indeed the club itself is a canvas drape feature finishing in an enormous 39″ half mirror ball suspended in the centre of the raised area above the dancefloor. Four Showtec Typhoon 150s provide lighting of the mirror ball and the whole dancefloor area. In addition during the early parts of the evening they project branding logos onto various surfaces within the club. The final effect uses the Antari Low fog machine. This creates a low floor hugging ‘dry ice’ effect by using ice cubes from the bar’s ice machine. The combined effect of the lighting and low smoke creates a subtle impressive show without affecting the style of the venue.

DJ Booth

DJ Booth

The DJ booth was required to be operational by two DJ’s concurrently using a potential of seven sources at any one time. The Wiring of two Pioneer DJM-3000 mixers in parallel on both the source and output side allowed the possibility of this. The DJs may access all four Technics 1210s, both CD drives and an external Minidisc input from both mixers at any one time and also have control over the booth monitor and individual master control.

Due to the remote location of the amplifiers and control gear a complex power switching method was designed to allow simple operation by the clubs duty managers. This uses an EMO remote switcher and a series of time delayed contactors switching the various different parts of the system both on and off in the correct sequence.

Both the quality of installation and end result have met with acclaim from all who have come in contact both from a professional and ‘punters’ perspective