Canal Room Brings in EAW KF730s

Feb 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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The Canal Room in New York City, formerly Shine Performance and Cocktails, specializes in high-profile music industry events and record release parties. With a constant flow of industry VIPs, artists and critics in attendance, club owners knew that a world-class sound system that could showcase the music with exceptional audio quality, while handling the grueling seven-nights-per-week workload, was imperative.

Sean McFaul, independent audio and lighting designer, said, "The owners of the Canal Room have opened some other properties prior to this. I first was hired for live sound engineering several years ago when I moved to New York. After redesigning the Shine sound and lighting systems, our relationship has evolved to the point where I now provide design and installation services, as well."

The club, which features European architectural millwork and high ceilings, can accommodate approximately 600 people. The main room is slightly trapezoidal, measuring approximately 45 feet by 60 feet, and includes a stage at one end of the room measuring 20 feet by 10 feet. The main loudspeaker system comprises a total of 12 EAW KF730 small line array modules, four EAW SB1000 subwoofers hidden under the stage and two EAW Avalon series DCS2 subwoofers. All loudspeakers and subwoofers are zoned into three modes using a dbx DriveRack 480 that provides complete EQ and loudspeaker management.

"The KF730s were perfect for this relatively small space," said McFaul. "Since they are compact and easily arrayable, we were able to provide quality sound for the club without taking up any valuable floor space. The club has a multifunction purpose as a dance club, live performance venue and private function facility. We needed a sound system that could provide the versatility necessary for each function of the club."

To maintain an intimate atmosphere for smaller private functions and off-hours, McFaul designed the system to operate in multiple modes. The Lounge mode takes into account the presence of furniture and patrons who may want a more intimate, quiet setting. The Dance Club mode adjusts the various SPL and EQ levels to account for the absence of any lounge furniture and activates all loudspeakers. Finally, the Live Performance mode only activates the loudspeakers at the front of the stage, which are arranged as two stacks of four KF730s each hung at 12 feet on the left and right of the stage.

The front-of-house console is a 32-channel Allen & Heath GL3300. The system is powered by Crest CA and VS series amplifiers. Monitors are four EAW SM155hi loudspeakers. The DJ booth, overlooking the stage and dance floor, features two EAW JF60 small-format loudspeaker monitors used with proprietary subwoofers.

"I originally looked at the KF750s but the footprint was too big and it didn't go with the look of the room. The room is very mod," explained McFaul. "The owners are impressed with the quality of the system and how the cabs look in the room."

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