Glass Cactus Gets Boost With New System

May 1, 2007 12:00 PM


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Clair Bros. Systems recently installed a WJHW-designed audio system at the new Glass Cactus nightclub in Grapevine, Texas. The system includes JBL VerTec line arrays, AE Series loudspeakers and Control 29AV speakers. The $16 million Glass Cactus covers a total of 39,000 square feet and accommodates approximately 1,500 people. The state-of-the-art sound stage features musical acts ranging from country to blues to rock.

The venue's design includes an abundance of glass surfaces, which posed an acoustical challenge. To counteract the hard surfaces (including the hardwood and concrete floors), WJHW did extensive computer modeling to balance the presence of the natural finishes with the concealed acoustical treatment.

On each side of the stage hangs six VT4888 mid-sized and three VT887 compact line array elements. Six JBL ASB6128V subs were placed underneath the stage for low-frequency reinforcement, while JBL AM6212 loudspeakers were installed to provide delay fills for the large first-floor/under-balcony area. Additionally, 15 JBL Control 29AV1 loudspeakers are situated in the outdoor patio area of the club.

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