Indianapolis, IN (June 14, 2016)—Microbreweries are a big business these days, and those that are designed to be also destination eateries face all the same challenges that other restaurants do, including how to get sound around to their visitors. That’s also what Big Woods, a new microbrewery, bar and restaurant adjacent to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway faced when it opened in a 7,500-foot space.
Local technology integrator Curt Edwards from Custom Audio Designs built an entirely new system for the place based around SpeakerCraft. “The concrete floors and wood ceilings create a natural ‘bouncing’ effect with sound,” Edwards explained. “That means we had two issues: overcoming customer noise and chatter, and avoiding audio echo. My team had to rely on high quality speakers to reliably aim the sound.”
The newly installed audio system includes 40 SpeakerCraft 5-inch OE5 Surface Mount speakers and 12 SpeakerCraft 8-inch Profile CRS8 In-Ceiling Speakers powered by three SpeakerCraft 16 channel SC1650 Power Amps, with three Yamaha R-S202 Stereo Receivers as sources. Co-owner Juan Suarez and his team enabled control of the system via an Apple iPad Mini, through which a select group of staffers can stream Pandora and iTunes playlists in different areas of the microbrewery.
In addition to the audio system, Custom Audio Designs installed a comprehensive security system to ensure that the property would remain safe after closing. Through a wall-mounted control panel, Suarez can monitor 12 Honeywell cameras, eight motion detectors, and more.
After its opening in May 2016, according to Suarez, he has been busy non-stop since opening day, and he attributes that success to every element in the new operation. “Our motto is ‘quaff,’ which means to drink heartily and with gusto,” Suarez said. “That’s the lifestyle that we live, and the culture that we try to cultivate. With that being said, it’s important that we utilize the best tools available to us to help us achieve that goal.”