Martin Audio W8LCI compact line
arrays are mounted to I-beams
in the wall at Versus, a new
nightclub in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles (January 29, 2009)–Audio integrator Arthur Lalikian of Elite Communications recently installed Martin Audio loudspeakers as part of a $1 million audio system for Versus, a nightclub inside the 1920s Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building that sports an indoor pond and six bars in a 22,000 square foot multi-level entertainment fortress with three floors.
The main part of the system consists of eight Martin Audio W8LCI Compact Line Arrays mounted on the wall with eight WS218 subs. As Lalikian explains, “It’s kind of a semi-circular dance floor, and because the ceilings are too high and everything is concrete above the balcony given the fact that it’s a historical site, we couldn’t drill into the walls to rig the speakers.
“So the speakers are hanging from custom-made brackets welded to I-beams in the walls around the dance floor, which means the sound doesn’t travel much and eliminates most of the echo and distortion. Four WS218 subs are ground-stacked under the stage and four are under the main staircase. All of which gives us more than enough volume and low end impact.”
On the second floor mezzanine level, two Martin F15s matched with an S18 sub are provided as a monitor rig for the DJ booth. Lalikian chose to flush-mount eight C8.1T speakers in the ceiling above the concave-shaped VIP seating area “so that people could be aware of the sound without having to speak too loud. With the Martin ceiling speakers, they can stay relaxed and have a good conversation without screaming.” For the Ultra-VIP area on the third floor, two Martin Audio AQ10s and an AQ210 sub provide discrete sound for the private room, bar and lounge. Keeping it consistent from a design standpoint, amplification is provided by an array of Martin Audio 6.8Q and 4.8Q power amps with two of the company’s DX2 loudspeaker management systems.
Lalikian says: “The owners are really happy with the sound and we’ve had no complaints from promoters coming in to use the sound system. Everybody loves it. But you do have to stay on top of the DJs when they come in, because they don’t always know how to control the volume levels. Everybody who’s heard the system has been speechless. They say it’s the best system they ever heard, and I have no problem saying it’s the best sounding club system in Los Angeles.”