Following a fire at the original Bar 45 Degress in Union street, Plymouth earlier in year, a full refurbishment has recently been completed and “Vybz Nightclub” has been launched.
All the original equipment was lost to the fire so a complete sound & lighting installation was required. The new system was designed around the original specification with some significant updates being made to the lighting system throughout the venue. Luckily the innovative stainless steel & LED main bar structure was saved and remains the focal point of the venue.
A KV2 Audio EX series system has been designed and installed to provide outstanding sound quality and high SPLs throughout the venue. The system consists of a pair of EX12 active top boxes over the main dance floor along with a pair of EX2.2 active subwoofers positioned under the stage. Three further EX12 delay boxes provide sound reinforcement throughout the rest of the venue. The system is controlled via an Allen & Heath iDR8 DSP unit. DJ playback is provided by a pair of Pioneer CDJ900 media players and a Pioneer DJM700 mixer. DJ monitoring is amply covered by a single dB Technologies Flexsys F10 active monitor.
The lighting specification has been considerably improved from the original installation. Four Martin Mania discharge scanners are mounted on a lighting bar above the far end of the dance floor and project fat scanning beams through the whole length of the venue. Also mounted on the bar is a pair of high power LED UV floods which fade, dim & strobe to create totally new UV lighting effects. A pair of high power LED “Derby” type effects create pin sharp, moving beams from either side of the DJ box. Four traditional halogen flower effects fire straight onto the dance floor, one from each corner. A 500mW red and blue laser creates dynamic effects and patterns from above the DJ box. Finally, eight LED pixel bars are mounted on the wall behind the DJ and create and extremely effective backdrop to the venue. The bars are pixel mapped to fully exploit the capabilities of the Showcad control system which runs on a touch screen PC in the DJ box. Showcad also controls the architectural lighting throughout the venue and also the RGB colour mixing LEDs in the main bar structure.
We also handled the design and installation of plasma display system and also the CCTV system.
Simon’s Festival Update:
Where did the summer go? Was there a summer? It seemed to disappear in a flash as we dashed around the South West setting up kit here and removing it from there.
We had an extremely successful summer of events. Our annual trip down to Falmouth for the “Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week” regatta where we provide power distribution, stage, truss, lighting & sound ran seamlessly.
A new festival on the calendar for us was Leopallooza at Week St. Mary near Bude where we provided sound and lights for the dance arena was fantastic: check out the gallery pictures and videos, what a light show and the sound was awesome. We used a double KV2 Audio ES rig for the first time and the light show featured a pair of 2.2w full colour lasers amongst our usual effects.
We then moved on to the Torquay Festival at the beginning of September where we were responsible for the audio on 4 stages situated in different areas around the town centre across the weekend. All four stages used Allen & Heath mixing consoles and KV2 Audio speakers throughout. This was the first Torquay Festival and was a great success and is due to take place again next year. Credit must go to the organisers of the entertainment: Rick & Shelly Worthy of Born Hectic Events.
We will be back in Torquay Torquay at the beginning of November for the Torquay Blues Festival. This is to be closely followed by the Celtic Beer Festival at St Austell Brewery’s headquaters. Believe me when I say this is no ordinary beer festival, this is literally “A p#@s up in a brewery.” If you are into live music and real ale, I strongly recommend you try this festival. This is probably our favourite gig of the year with 11 bands over 12 hours of general mayhem with a crowd of over 1000 in the basement loading bays of the Brewery!
So you can see, even when the nights start to draw in and it gets too cold to camp, festivals continue in their various forms and good times are to be found to brighten up the winter months.
No rest for us, just a quick breather to test and prep equipment before the next run of events.
Clockwork Audio recently supplied an Allen & Heath ilive System and L’Acoustics monitor system for Ben Howard’s performance at Plymouth University SU.
Ben Howard, currently riding high in the charts, performed to a very noisy 800 strong crowd at the Student Union and went down a storm.
Again our Allen & Heath ilive system proved itself by its ability to be dropped into almost any mixing situation and perform with very little tutorial time for the Engineer.
Ben Howard is currently on tour.
Clockwork Audio was recently invited to supply front of house and monitor systems for Mercury Prize nominated Metronomy at the Venue in Torquay.
Provided was a double KV2 Audio ES system for F.O.H. (4 x ES 1.0, 4 x ES 1.8, 4 x ES 2.5 all powered by 5 Epak 2500 amps) and our L’acoustics 12xt Monitor system powered by L’acoustics LA4 amps.
F.O.H. Control was handled by one of our Allen & Heath iLIVE systems (T112 and iDR48) and an LS9-32 for monitors.
Metronomy played to a packed venue and in addition we were able to demonstrate KV2’s clarity and power to the club owners who were immediately impressed and are now interested in the system as a potential replacement for their current club system.
It was great to hear the KV2 system work its magic with live and recorded music side by side in a club environment. Interestingly the system was measured to be louder inside the club than usual with lower readings than usual outside of the building. This had to be a bonus for sure for Club owners and neighbours alike.
A good night on “The English Riviera” indeed.