Reno, NV (November 5, 2014)—Reno’s new CARGO Nightclub, located as part of the Whitney Peak Hotel, recently opened its doors, powered by several Powersoft Audio M and K series amplifiers.
The hotel, which is located where the Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel once stood, underwent a multi-million dollar renovation before opening to the public as Whitney Peak Hotel on Memorial Day of this year. Prior to the reconstruction and rebranding of the hotel, CARGO was located on the third floor, situated as a 700-person capacity venue with a mediocre sound system. With the property under new ownership following the renovation, a new directive was put in place from management that would ultimately raise the audio production and lighting design standards of the venue to an entirely new level. At the core of the audio system is an EAW KF740 3-way array system, powered by Powersoft K10s, K6s and K2 (2) channel high-performance power amplifiers.
According to Bishop, there were two fundamental challenges the venue faced during the renovation and rebranding phase. First, the first floor facility to be completely redesigned and rebuilt to accommodate a dedicated HVAC system and decoupled wall construction for the performance venue, which shared the first floor with other ‘quieter’ spaces including the restaurant and hotel lobby. Second, the selection and installation of sound and lighting components was of critical concern.
“My expectation of the audio system was that it had to be sonically accurate,” says Bishop. “Many times in other rooms, where there is an inferior PA, the sound is muddy coming into the room and this is often compensated for by increasing volume. I wanted to make sure all our program material was accurately represented without depending on ‘more volume’ so it would be heard with great clarity from anywhere in the room.”
CARGO uses two Midas Pro9 consoles, with one at front of house and the other at monitors. To power the EAW KF740 system, which consists of two six-box arrays suspended from the ceiling at either side of the stage and another three across the front of the stage, Bishop chose eight Powersoft K10s for the subwoofers and low frequency drivers, four K6s for the mid-frequency drivers, four K2s for the high-frequency drivers and a Powersoft M50Q four-channel amplifier to power the center fill speakers (for mid frequency).
Bishop recalled, “The efficiency was so high and the power needed to run the Powersoft equipment was so minimal that I actually changed my design for electrical requirements because I knew the system wasn’t going to need as much. That actually ended up saving us a significant amount of money in both construction and ongoing utility costs.”