Gallery's JBL System Meets Challenges

May 1, 2012 9:00 AM


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The new Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas is a multiroom venue that has already hosted artists such as Nicki Minaj, Akon, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J and others. Space is divided between the Gallery room, dance floor and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge for a total capacity of 1,000. R2W Inc. (Las Vegas) designed and installed the audio system, which includes more than 90 JBL AE Series and Control Contractor Series speakers, all powered by Crown amps.

“We had the opportunity to provide a system that was 100-percent new,” says David Starck, director of engineering for R2W. “That enabled us to create an integrated system with JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS processing—all working together and controllable via a simple user interface.

“We faced a number of acoustical challenges,” Starck continues. “The main room [had] all hard surfaces. The only sound absorption is the thousand bodies that fill the room every night. The owners wanted the people paying for their tables to be able to hold a conversation, but still have a powerful system for the dance floor. This is typical for most clubs in Vegas now, and it’s difficult to achieve this kind of acoustic balancing act, as there is no physical division between the tables and the dance floor. To overcome this, we designed a very focused, very high-powered system over the dance floor. The main clusters are angled down so the bulk of the speakers’ output stays there when the dance floor is filled with people. We fill the rest of the room with sound by a ring of speakers that is aimed out and away from the floor. This also helps to keep everything time-aligned outwardly from the dance floor.”

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