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Funktion-One sound at VII is simply the best
UAE - When it comes to luxurious glamour, expectations in the UAE city of Dubai couldn’t be higher. For any club catering to a high-end clientele, regular refreshes are an essential part of remaining vital to the late-night scene. It was with this in mind that nightclub and lounge, VII – located, appropriately enough, on the seventh floor of the Conrad Dubai hotel – recently undertook a complete overhaul, introducing a fresh look and a sensational new Funktion-One sound system, supplied and installed by Em-Tec.
Club owner Rocky Bhatia first met Em-Tec’s Andy Williams and Alex Bracken at the Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. Impressed by the Funktion-One sound system they were using there, he asked the pair to visit VII and devise a set-up capable of delivering that same superb sonic quality.
The initial brief was for a very high-end club/lounge space, but as the concept evolved, the emphasis shifted towards producing a high-end, DJ-led nightclub, instead, one enriched by the best audio equipment available. The aim was to make VII a world-class nightclub with Funktion-One sound across the whole venue.
To achieve this Em-Tec designed a tailor-made sound system with a focus on providing impactful audio with even coverage throughout. Funktion-One’s cutting-edge Evo 6 loudspeakers, teamed with the manufacturer’s legendary F221 bass speakers, form the core of the solution. The full speaker system comprises six Evo-6Es; four Res 2 full range speakers, two F101, four F1201, a BR118 and six BR218 bass reflex enclosures, two F221 and four F218mk2 bass enclosures and an Infrabass 218 Bass Loudspeaker.
“Funktion-One are simply the best loudspeakers for this environment,” Williams notes. “They are able to play at extremely high volume with very low or no distortion and still keep the clarity of audio. The sound played by these speakers covers the full range from deep bass to crystal clear highs with no loss of quality.”
An MC2 E45 and E90 provide amplification that has the Funktion-One seal of approval. “As audio is a chain, it is vital that the amplifiers used in the system ensure that the full potential of amazing Funktion-One loudspeakers is fulfilled,” says Williams. “The MC2 amplifiers that were used across the venue not only give an amazing audio quality but are extremely reliable and efficient. That’s why, along with FFA amplifiers, they are recommended by Funktion-One.”
Completing the chain are three XTA DC1048 processors, another Funktion-One recommendation. “XTA processors provide great DAC converters along with great functionality to control the loudspeakers to their maximum potential,” says Williams.
As the venue is located within a hotel, Em-tec had to ensure minimum disturbance to neighbours and guests. In this respect, the extremely directional nature of Funktion-One speakers proved invaluable. Working alongside Matthew Carter from Dubai-based acoustic consultancy Acoustic Logic, Em-tec carried out a full design study and soundproofing to minimise the effect on the surrounding area.
The club features three key DJ performance spaces: the club area, garden terrace and lounge. Depending on the evening, these can operate simultaneously to provide a unique set for each zone, or music can be streamed from one DJ across the whole system, aided by a Formula Sound ZMR-80 zone mixer and AAVC2 limiter.
Williams concludes: “This project was highly enjoyable to work on, utilising the latest models of high-end equipment available to ensure that our client and his guests have the best audio experience possible.”
6th February 2018
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