imgMinneapolis, MN (July 2, 2013)—Icehouse, a new live music venue in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis, was recently fitted with an Electro-Voice sound system to accommodate the bar and restaurant’s nightly live performances.

Located in a former ice harvesting plant, Icehouse has wood and brick ceilings with metal walls, making the space a difficult spot to achieve clear and intelligible sound.

To handle this challenge, Icehouse’s Jay Perlman, Alex Proctor and Cody Anderson turned to a team combining local Electro-Voice dealer Chris Vnak of Metro Sound and Lighting with Electro-Voice’s Mike Doucot and the company’s customer support department.

“We feature all genres of music, including hip hop, jazz, rock bands and occasional touring acts,” said Icehouse owner Brian Liebeck. “We also have private conference and corporate events. The system had to be able to handle all of these different needs. The stage is in the middle of the room with the audience all around it, so we couldn't do a traditional left-right setup. Because of that and also the reflective surfaces, we decided that instead of pushing fewer boxes to do more, we should go with more boxes to get to more places in the room, with each box handling its coverage area at a lower sound level. We also have a balcony where people sit to see the show, so we wanted separate speakers to cover all the way around the top. For this type of situation, the guys felt we got the most bang for our buck by going with EV.”

To cover the main floor, the system relies on the Electro-Voice EVF series of premium 15-inch two-way full-range loudspeakers, using four EVF-1152D/66 as mains and three EVF-1152D/96 for the sides. Front fill is provided by six flown ZX1i 8-inch two-way full-range loudspeakers. The system is filled out on the low end with four QRx 218S compact dual-18-inch subwoofers mounted under the stage.

Four Electro-Voice TX1152FM are used as stage monitors. The monitors and mains are all powered by Electro-Voice Contractor Precision Series amplifiers, with one CPS2.9 for monitors and seven CPS2.12 for fronts, sides and fills. The system is controlled by two Dx46 two-in/six-out FIR-Drive sound system processors, which handle routing, filtering and parametric EQ.

“We really like the easy connectivity of the CPS amps, and the fact that they are well matched to the EV speakers. And the Dx46 gives us great flexibility in configuring and optimizing the system."