Long Beach, CA (September 24, 2004)–Lots of clubs have a hot audio system, but Pat Pennington, production manager for a new club down in Long Beach, CA, called The Vault, aims to put the others to shame, having assembled quite an arsenal of audio firepower, including a pair of Soundcraft consoles.
The Vault, which opened on Memorial Day weekend, has a system based around a 56-channel Soundcraft Series FIVE house console; a 56-channel/32-bus Soundcraft FIVE monitor desk; more than 140,000 watts of Crown Macro-Tech power (MA5002VZ & MA3600VZ); a full JBL VerTec Line Array system (VT4888s with VT4880 subs); tons of Lexicon (PCM81, PCM91, 960L w/ LARC), dbx (DriveRack 480, compressors, EQ), and BSS (dyamics processors, EQs); a trio of Panasonic CCD cameras and two Eiki 10,000-lumen projectors with 12-foot jumbo screens to the left and right of stage; more than 60 Robe intelligent lights; and yes, even more gear beyond that.
All of this is for a club that only holds some 1,100 people. All that equpiment is brought to bear for The Vault’s determination to become “the place to play” for A-level acts in Southern California, having already attracted the likes of the B-52s, Orgy, Steel Pulse, America and Jonny Lang, for example.
The owner, Mitchell Stewart, isn’t resting on his laurels either; instead he’s already branching out and opening more clubs. Case in point, he’s just taken over the Malibu Inn (and stuck in two Soundcraft MH4 consoles, JBL AE Series and VerTec boxes, etc.), and is now also planning to soon open up another Vault in Hollywood.