A pair of McCauley iD1.112s and an iD2.115 subwoofers were part of the massive installation inside a Gold’s Gym, designed and installed by Spider Ranch Productions.San Francisco (March 28, 2008)–Spider Ranch Productions (Pescadero, CA) recently completed a new distributed audio system for a Gold’s Gym fitness center as part of a complete renovation of the facility. Don Dickerson, general manager for Gold’s Gym in the San Francisco Bay area, contacted old friend Alex Moran from Spider Productions to design and install the sound system.
Taking a 35-year-old fitness center, gutting it and turning it all back into a usable facility took a little over a year to complete. “It’s pretty much a new club,” said Dickerson. “The only thing left from the original building was just the exterior shell. At the point in which we were ready to get the sound system set up, Alex had already figured out what would be best for the space.”
Moran has done audio visual work for the six other gyms in the San Francisco bay area that Dickerson manages, so it was no surprise when Dickerson came to him for the renovation. Not only did Spider Ranch Productions provide a McCauley Sound iDESIGN loudspeaker-based system, but Moran also wired the whole building to connect sound and video to the exercise machines throughout the facility.
“We had to design an internal cable TV network,” recalls Moran.”There was no cable to the building, so I had to improvise with satellite receivers and frequency modulators. After building this internal cable network, each machine now has 35 channels.” Not only do the individual machines have small screens, but the main room is set up with five 50-inch plasma screen televisions on the wall above the machines.
The main workout room also has a total of 14 iD108s and two iD112s, powered by QSC amplifiers for a distributed system. Moran set the distribution pattern in a specific way so that when customers walk in, they hear the music, but it’s not blaring. When members are working out on machines in the middle area, they will hear a fuller sound in the system. The weight area is where the sound really pushes, so that those pumping iron not only feel the burn, but feel the pulse of the music to keep them motivated.
The aerobics studio is a separate room in the middle of the club, containing four iD2.112s and an AC58 sub; Spider Ranch worked closely with the general contractor to use materials to acoustically isolate the room from the rest of the club. “I’ve had a few customers comment that the aerobics studio sounds like a dance club,” said Dickerson, “and it really does! It’s absolutely fantastic! The coverage is so even and you can tell people are really getting into their workouts.”
The main cluster in the spin room hangs directly over the instructor, consisting of a pair of iD1.112s and an iD2.115 subwoofer. “When working out to the limit on a spin bike, being able to get in the zone and grasp the energy to push further is enhanced with energizing music,” Dickerson said. “The instructors really value the clear coverage system in that room because their classes remain focused and people really get into it.”
Moran built and custom-painted each amplifier rack with a custom automotive finish from the 1963 line of Corvettes.As an added touch to the new sound and video systems, Moran built and custom-painted each amplifier rack to suit the club’s atmosphere. “Each rack has a custom automotive finish from the 1963 line of Corvette Colors.” Enthusiastically, Moran explains that adding this touch really helped solidify the sophisticated tone. “I wanted the main distribution amp rack to pop in the main room–that’s Riverside Red. The aerobics room has a sleek Seabring Silver rack, while the rack in the spin cycle room is Silver Blue Metallic and the yoga room rack is saddle tan.”
Now that the renovation is complete and people are piling into the new Gold’s Gym facility, Dickerson is pleased with the feedback he’s getting from members and employees. “It’s definitely the best sounding system of all the six clubs in the area,” Dickerson says, adding that that’s the main reason why he’s going to continue working with Moran and Spider Ranch. “We would highly recommend McCauley Sound systems to anyone who’s looking to do a club-level installation, whether it’s an exercise facility or dance club. The sound is just so good; we’re extremely pleased.”