Synonymous with art and high fashion, the new 600 capacity Muse is the latest in this top entertainment brand. Opening in the fashionable and newly created Binhai area, and designed by an international concept team, it is part of a growing chain of more than 18 chic Muse nightclubs. The brand has become a byword in elegance and a high-octane sound and light experience is high on the agenda.
Sanecore Audio, Powersoft’s Chinese distributors, sent Powersoft amplifiers and EAW loudspeakers to Tainjin for evaluation in 2013 and then again for the MUSE Group Annual Board Meeting when the board of directors gave a resounding thumbs-up to these leading brands.
With the operators setting extremely high demands on sound quality Sanecore’s Alan Ho says that getting Powersoft and EAW specified represented a real breakthrough. “We maintained good communication with the club owners throughout the process and proved that we could deliver optimal sound quality.”
Overall, says Alan Ho, they were able to sell the Powersoft solution on the strength of its built-in DSP, with each channel configured fully parametric EQ, and clip limiter. The Ethernet interface for system setup, monitoring and control was the icing on the cake. But he system design over the two floors needed to compensate for a lot of hard surfaces (and the resulting sound reflections). “When we design a sound system, we try and place the loudspeakers in optimised locations, so as to avoid aiming at those reflectors. This also requires a sophisticated tuning process.
To accomplish this, Sanecore chose Powersoft’s flagship K series amplifiers. Four K10 amplifiers (2000W pc into 8Ω), 22 x K3 (1400W pc into 8Ω) and 9 x M28Q 4-channel amplifiers (360W per channel into just 1U) havebeen specified. All these amplifiers offer emote control and advanced signal processing abilities through Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite™. These modules are assigned to four EAW Avalon Club.two and Avalon Sub.two enclosures — with an Avalon Club.four serving as DJ monitors — along with EAW JF59 full range system in the first floor lounge area (with dual 18” subs providing LF extension). These are processed through EAW’s dedicated UX8800 DSP and mixed through an Allen & Heath GLD-080/X.
Of the new nightclub audio design, the venue’s manager, Mr. Sun, believes the sonic performance sets a new standard. “I think the performance of the sound system and sound effects has been taken to extremes; it sounds really amazing!”