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Hi There,

 

Ok so this one is way out of my league (I've only played with home stuff before) but a family member is set to open a nightclub/bar and is now looking into the sound system. So what would you be running, and why? All advice gratefully recieved!

 

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bt

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I've always been impressed with Funktion One and Turbosound systems.

Possibly over-the-top, but I'm sure a simple system using their stuff wold sound quite nice when set up properly.

The nicest small club/bar system that I've heard used Klipsch speakers (unsure about the amps). So damn nice!

If I were in your/their shoes, i wouldn't buy blindly. I'd consult with a suitably experienced sound reinforcement/PA engineer who can advise the best way to go. The best gear will sound crap in the wrong room when set up incorrectly.

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as mentioned, meyer, is the best i've ever heard, along with electrovoice mt-4, but these were a long time ago.

martin and turbosound are also good.

and australian monitor for smaller system.

checkout the civic bar in the city - the basement club has a great system install.

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Function One not bad, been to a couple of outdoor parties last year with them. Some of these parties also had a DIY 4-way horn system with PHL mids (all I remember from my chat with their maker) which was a bit better still, so DIY always an option if you were that way inclined. (I'd maybe do line-array with AE 15" and Beyma TPL-150s).

 

Wonder about the Danley Synergy horns, though havent heard any and dont know if they are even available locally?

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It's important to bear in mind that set up and acoustics of the space are very important. It's possibly to get things dirt cheap on ebay, but if they want a great result they will need to get professional help. The design and quality of the equipment is important, but the way the system is integrated into the space, and how well that integration is designed is critical.

 

It would be a mistake to take advice on good sounding speakers, buy them and fail to invest in a proper installation.

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F1 are just lovely and will give you nice sounds, but you should look into second hand turbosound/meyer too.

 

if you manage a ff sound system (few do) the weak point is always the mixer and the dj. Allen/Heath or Pioneer mixers are lovely to use but they are poor sounding, and they are the best. Funktion 1 make a mixer... is it better? no idea, havnt used it. The best thing to do is put a sign in the booth saying 'no mp3s allowed, you will be fired'. Good luck with that, everyone will use them.

 

For the system, EQ is the most important factor. Make sure your provider measures when they set up. Make sure they eq out 'vocal frequency' if its a dance club. Not dip, I mean a totally hard cut of human chit chat frequency. The End in London was the F1 showcase club set up and you could talk to your girlfriend (or other peoples girlfriend) across the room at high to very high spls. I have never it heard done well since.  There are some impressive sound system guys in Australia, can they do it?

 

enjoy

 

ps - nicest I have heard was a 80k+ meyer system that needed diesel brought in via tanker late morning to top up the sea container generators (yes, a sydney warehouse).  Better than the Valve Sound System to my ears. 

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Best mixers are Bozaks, Ureis and DJR 400s. There's a few other even more obscure mixers available as well. Formula Sound are also good if rotary isn't your thing. In terms of nightclub setups, just consult a specialist. I'd also recommend the Wave Music Forums - it's a wealth of nightclub sound system knowledge from both old and new eras - some of the most famous sound engineers in America post on there.

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Unfortunately we like to hear of prestigious or reputable brands and models, because we feel that if we are able to drop a load of cash in it then presto! Solved

All the brands mentioned above are fine examples.

But all the best night club sound systems have excellent acoustics, carefully thought out and strategically placed speakers, ASP/DSP and high efficiency speakers and driven by kW power amplification. The brand/model matters less than the implementation. Eg. Phazon system at Twilo/NYC

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Hey poiu, any idea the reputation of the Traktor mixers, sound quality wise? My wifes looking, I'm hoping for something that would sound ok on the home hifi too.

 

I use Reloop hardware and flac files for Traktor. Not sure if its better than the rest to be honest, I can't imagine it is, but its intuitive.

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Thanks for the feedback. I like Tracktor software, or at least I'm familiar with it, and wouldnt imagine the software would have much bearing on sound quality(?). Might steer clear of their hardware though, if I can afford to.

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