New York, NY (July 30, 2019)—New York’s Gran Tivoli restaurant and its downstairs bar, Peppi’s Cellar, may feature an Italian menu, but there’s something of an international vibe going on behind the scenes. The venture, located in the city’s Nolita neighborhood, is owned the Swillhouse Group in Sydney, Australia, and it sports a house sound system from the UK, comprised of Martin Audio CDD/CDD-LIVE speakers.
Designed by Kevin Davison of Davidson Audio Services in Sydney and installed by local provider New York Wiring, the sound system features a combination of Martin Audio CDD6 upstairs in the restaurant and CDD-LIVE 8s and 12s with a CSX118 sub for the entertainment-oriented Peppi’s Cellar bar downstairs, which sports a small stage which can accommodate four musicians comfortably and be extended for larger ensembles.
“For maximum effectiveness in both spaces,” said Davison, “we designed a distributed system with seven Martin Audio CDD6s for low level but excellent quality background music. These are powered by Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifiers with DSP and Dante networking capability, a major aspect of the design in terms of flexibility and offering more control options. I can actually connect to the sound system from here in Sydney and make any needed adjustments via…computer, which is a very simple, cost effective way to do it.”
Elaborating on the system, Kevin adds, “the decision was made not to use subs in the restaurant to eliminate the possibility of residual noise and because the CDD6s have quite a full response on their own. Ultimately, the CDDs were chosen because the coaxial drivers provide seamless overlap coverage for the restaurant, especially within the format of a distributed system.
“In Peppi’s Cellar’s live performance area, there’s a CSX118 sub on the side of the stage within close proximity and two CDD-LIVE 12s, one mainly for stage foldback that also serves as backfill and near fill for the performance area. The other CDD-LIVE 12 functions both as the main speaker for the customers sitting near the stage and in the first section of the bar. There are also two CDD-LIVE 8 as the delay speakers which cover the area along the bar running back through the main section of the room. All of the speakers are self-powered and controlled via Dante network with internal DSP. We also used a Xilica networked audio DSP control solution as system processor for the venue.”
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