Nyack, NY (March 7, 2007)–Just 40 minutes outside of New York City, Nyack is a quintessential ‘town that came back’ on the banks of the Hudson River. Downtrodden as recently as 20 years ago, the village has transformed into an arts-based community that is now home to artists, rock stars, CEOs and its most vocal resident, Rosie O’Donnell. Helping keep all those influential folks fed is Vertigo, a restaurant and club where the casual crowd has extremely discerning ears.
According to veteran audio system/acoustic designer Bradley Stuart Berlin of Berlin Acoustics, the owners’ primary objective was very clear. “They wanted it to sound incredible, beyond anything in the area,” reported Berlin. “The criterion given me was to achieve a very high level of sound that would work for an upscale restaurant, as well as for DJs and rock bands.
Berlin installed six CQ-1 cabinets and two 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers. “I needed a speaker that would work exceptionally well at very low volumes for a dinner crowd, but also excel at high volumes for the live artists and DJs that play there,” Berlin said. However, there are reasons beyond fidelity that made the CQ-1 the right choice for the venue. “Vertigo’s design challenges included many large glass windows and open floors that required vertical separation. The tight pattern control on the CQ-1 horn greatly increased my odds for success, allowing me to get the vertical dispersion just right.”
In pursuit of a completely consistent listening experience for every seat in the house, Berlin placed both of the 700-HP subwoofers together on the left side of the second-floor floating thrust stage. “This way the bass is always in time; the subs aren’t fighting a time delay with each other, because they come from one point source in the room,” he explained. Throughout the design phase, Berlin made extensive use of Meyer Sound’s MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software.
“The feedback Vertigo gets from its customers is only positive–it’s an extraordinary-sounding venue,” said Berlin. “There’s a lot of artists and musicians living in this community, and they really appreciate the performance of this Meyer Sound system. There’s nothing like it.”
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