Nashville, TN (November 20, 2017)—As part of an extensive interior renovation, historic Nashville club 12th & Porter recently installed a d&b audiotechnik Y-Series system, with the aid of Nashville based integration and production company Morris.
At the suggestion of Lloyd Smith, the resident technical director at 12th & Porter, Nathaniel Beaver of the venue’s owners, Infinity Hospitality Group, approached John Mills of integrators Morris about updating the house system. As John Mills of Morris recalls, “When Nathaniel first came to us, he said very clearly, ‘I want every seat in the house to be the best seat.’ I told him that could impact the cost, and he said, ‘Just do it right.’”
That meant taking into account the venue’s unusual shape. “The listening area is irregular, so the pre-existing straight left/right system could not effectively cover the entire space,” Mills explained. “We took a different approach to fulfill Nathaniel’s goal of making every seat in the house the best seat.”
Today, the venue sports a d&b Y-Series line array specifically to cover the floor, and covers other areas with fill speakers. Yi8 cabinets sit at the top of the array to keep energy off the walls at the rear of the listening area, while a wider Yi12 hung below covers the front area of what is a relatively short, wide room. Elsewhere, a Y7P acts as fill for the L-shaped balcony; 5S and 8S speakers are used elsewhere as fills; and four d&b 18S-SUBs bring the bass. The result is a system that helps burnish the venue’s reputation as a tastemaker’s haven (the likes of Kings of Leon and Keith Urban played early shows at the club), and as Smith noted, “As far as I know, no one else in Nashville with a club this size has a d&b audiotechnik system.”