Las Vegas, NV (September 13, 2004)–The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas has a new addition in the form of the Body English nightclub, which opened this summer. While the club is a good place to go dancing after a night of high-stakes gambling, it’s also one of the first venues to use dbx ZonePro 640 Digital Zone Processors. A pair of the systems, as well as seven dbx Zone Controllers were spec’d by John Lyons, president of Boston-based firm Moonlighting, Inc., which handled the design.
A total of 65 speakers, powered by Crown Xs 4300 and I-Tech amplifiers, were used to cover sound just in the areas outside the dance floor. “When you have that many zones and that many speakers in them, it used to require a very elaborate–and very expensive–collection of gear hooked up just to make it work,” said Lyons, who is also a principal in clubs such as Avalon in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles and The Spider Club in New York and Los Angeles. “Before, there were no products specifically designed for this multiple and highly discrete zoning approach, which is becoming more popular in clubs everywhere. So when I first heard about the dbx ZonePro 640, I recognized immediately that this was the solution lots of designers were seeking.”
Lyons noted that the system has an intuitive user interface–in some cases, zones are designed to be adjustable by the patrons–and that the system sports sophisticated processing, which allows accurate timing with sound coming from the dance floor. “If you’re working with a two- or three-way system and you need sophisticated delay, remote control and remote source selection, you used to have to create a system from scratch,” said Lyons. “The ZonePro 640 solves all of those issues in a single box, and that fact makes it a cost-effective solution. For instance, it has an integrated fire alarm muting feature.”