Bogota, Columbia (April 16, 2010)—We’ve all heard of music stars who open their own high-profile restaurants, but few install tour-level PAs in their eateries. That’s what Carlos Vives has done, however, with the Gaira Café which has its own Adamson system.
The Bogota-based Gaira Café is owned and operated by brothers Guillermo and Carlos Vives. Carlos is a Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning Colombian singer and composer who regularly tours with an Adamson Y-Axis PA, and has just finished his latest stadium tour. Meanwhile, his brother, Guillermo, has made his way in the restaurant industry, and based on the brothers’ love for music and food, they founded Gaira Cafe.
The Café differs from the traditional restaurant concept in Colombia. Laid out more like a performance venue, with room for approximately 300 guests, Gaira Cafe offers live Latin, pop and vallenato. The sound design for the venue was executed by Sonic Design’s Leonardo Vilar, whom together with his brother, Mauricio, consulted for the venue on its design options. The senior Vilar’s hire company, C. Vilar Amplificacion Professional, is the largest rental hire company in the country; it was also the very first Adamson customer in Latin America.
No shootout was performed against other companies; the Vilars went automatically with an Adamson Metrix system. “It is very powerful, without missing clarity and definition. To our ears, it outperforms all systems in its category out there,” comments Mauricio Vilar.
The main system is a flown stereo system located right at the lip of the stage. Each hang is made up of a single Metrix Sub, four Metrix and two Metrix Ws. The height of the system is calculated to cover both floors of the venue. A total of four Adamson M15s are used on stage as wedges.
After testing the installation, the only glitch found was that while the audience is placed on the first and second floors, the FOH position on a closed-off third floor, couldn’t hear the PA properly. A pair of additional Metrix were brought in and time aligned as reference monitors to solve the problem. Lab.gruppen with Dolby Lake processors provide power and processing.
Adamson Systems Engineering