New York, NY (February 6, 2017)—Hip eatery Kola House is a club, restaurant, lounge and event space in New York that’s often hard to seated at, but it has no reservations about one thing—its new audio system, which includes a Martin Audio MLA Mini system.
As installer Angelo Poulos of Anthem SSL points out, “The owners wanted ultra audiophile sound and the ability to achieve very high levels with zero ear fatigue on the club patrons. A system that A-list national acts like LCD Soundsystem and Jason Derulo, who opened the club, could play on without requiring additional sound equipment."
The room is a long, rectangular, 3,500-square-foot space with the stage at the far end, so Angelo designed a system with four Martin Audio MLA Mini enclosures flown on each side of the stage and two MSX subwoofers recessed into the ceiling above the center of the stage, plus a WS218X ground stacked on the floor under each hang.
Two W8VDQs are mounted on the ceiling at the bar halfway down the room for delays while six ceiling-mounted CDD8s around the stage are used for fills and the VIP section to the left of the stage. On hand for mixing is a Yamaha QL5 console at FOH.
Angelo noted that the new system “has the ability to control the audio so that reflective surfaces, like the large mirrored wall at the Kola House, are not a problem because of the ‘Hard Avoid’ feature in the MLA control software. The CDD8s and W8VDQs match seamlessly with MLA in terms of sound quality and consistent coverage throughout the whole space, which is exactly what we needed. Once the installation was completed, we closed our eyes after the room was calibrated and it sounded like studio monitors at low levels and a system ten times the size at higher levels.”