QSC Checks Into Tribeca Grand Hotel

A QSC Q-Sys Core 250i processing and management system was recently installed into the restaurant, lounge and lobby areas of the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.
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New York, NY (June 3, 2013)—A QSC Q-Sys Core 250i processing and management system was recently installed into the restaurant, lounge and lobby areas of the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.

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Systems integrator Canal Sound & Light, in consultation with Danny Taylor, a freelance audio contractor and nightclub designer, installed the Q-Sys system along with more than two dozen of QSC AcousticDesign surface- and ceiling-mount loudspeakers powered by QSC CX Series amplifiers.

Located in lower Manhattan, the Tribeca Grand has been a major Manhattan nightlife attraction for more than a decade, but its audio system was beginning to show its age, according to Jeffrey Kwan, ViP ofCanal Sound & Light. “A lot of newer hotels have popped up since then with better equipment and superior systems. The audio quality of the Tribeca Grand’s previous system was not up to par, and everything was just getting lost in the atrium. Since the hotel is expanding the number of special events that it's booking, everything just needed to be improved,” Kwan said.

The hotel’s triangular, eight-story atrium houses the Church Lounge, a cozy dining area and cocktail bar featuring regular DJ nights that has become a celebrity hotspot. “The entire atrium and lobby were re-done,” says Kwan, “and we divided everything—the dining room, bar, atrium, lobby and hallway areas—into seven zones.” In addition to the Core 250i, Canal Sound & Light installed an assortment of AcousticDesign loudspeakers including: ten AD-S282H high-output, dual 8-inch, two-way, surface-mount speakers; eight AD-S82H high-output, 8-inch, two-way, surface-mount speakers; five AD-S28TW surface-mount subwoofers (in the atrium); four AD-Ci52T compact, two-way, sealed enclosure ceiling speakers; and a single QSC KW181 18-inch subwoofer. One CX302, five CX902 and four CX1102 two-channel amplifiers drive the installed loudspeakers.

The Q-Sys system enables Canal Sound & Light to provide the Tribeca Grand’s managers with networked touch screens as well as wireless, remote level control in each zone. “One of the best things about the Q-Sys Core 250i is that it operates over standard-layer 3 Gigabit Ethernet,” said Kwan, whose crew installed the QSC TSC-3 3.5-inch touch screens in the hotel’s bar, lounge and studio buffet/conference room areas.

Kwan also designed a custom app using Q-Sys Designer software that enables any hotel manager to walk into a zone and adjust the audio level with a swipe of a finger on a Q-Sys network connected iPhone.

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