Fort Meyers, FL (August 7, 2014)—Comedy actor Jim Belushi recently partnered with his cousin, Chris Karakosta, to open a new restaurant in Fort Meyers, tapping the services of Cape Coral, FL-consultants Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions to design the audio system.
A location of the restaurant chain Tilted Kilt, the facility boasts two floors, the first housing the restaurant, and the second containing Belushi’s new club. Belushi, also a singer and musician, pictured the venue hosting both comedy and live music,.
After speaking with the owners regarding their live-sound requirements, Creative Sound and Lighting owner Tony Flammia recommended a PreSonus StudioLive AI-series Active Integration system for the house sound, including two StudioLive 328AI loudspeakers for the mains, one StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer and a StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-channel digital mixing system as the hub for sound throughout the venue.
“Because the 328AI is such a nice, slim box, it doesn’t need a lot of space,” says Flammia. “We took the 328s and mounted them sideways and then rotated the horn, rotated the center.”
The StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer enabled Flammia to set up various zones within the venue and time-align the system.
“The unique thing about this installation is they’ve got the mains, ceiling speakers, a VIP room, and an outdoor area,” said Flammia. “We’ve time-aligned all the different areas of the venue to work alongside the mains. Everything is three milliseconds behind the mains. Your brain tells you that the source is coming from the stage. As the [sound from the] mains comes out, you don’t hear any reflections, even in the bathrooms. All the subgroups are actually set up as zones.”
The StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer’s wireless networking capabilities enable Belushi’s house engineer and guest engineers for the venue’s live bands to move around the facility while controlling all setup, tuning, and monitoring functions of the venue’s sound components using an iPad or laptop.
“They have control over the background music for intros and outros and full control over the comedian’s vocal, and they can actually bring the main speakers up or down, the ceiling speakers, the VIP room, even the bathroom speakers. And because of the time-delay setup, it sounds like one source throughout the entire building,” Flammia said.