When you install sound systems for nightclubs, there are only two things on the mind of the owner of the club and the installer – how much will this cost and how much bass can we generate without annoying the neighbours?
Sound systems for nightclubs can be notoriously expensive, due to sheer level of SPL that is required, especially in the bass end. In theory, to move a lot of air in the bass speaker, you need an awful lot of power and headroom to allow as little distortion in the system as possible. Transient spikes in the waveform need to be amplified and not clipped by the amplifier to give a pure level at the speaker.
Over the last decade, and the continual development of D-class switch-mode amplifiers, the price per watt of power has dramatically decreased. The normal level 20 years ago was about £1 per watt – now, the Powersoft K20, as an example, delivers 18,000 watts into 2Ω which, at an RRP of £3999, equates to a little over 22p per watt. This noticeable difference is one of the reasons why the sound is so good these days in modern nightclubs – investors and club owners can afford the best.
All this technical information is important to understand and implement, to allow the nightclub to have the best sound available to naturally attract clients to visit the club. Once the owner understands what is involved, he can appreciate why the larger price tag has to follow.
A typical nightclub sound installation is heavily weighted on the output side of the system instead of the input side. The many zones and outputs and the normally large physical nature of nightclubs all translate into a very complex system. From a commercial point of view, every single nightclub that Old Barn Audio has installed at is different. Every club owner requires a different infrastructure to allow his club to operate how he sees it – and, like any venue, the system is tailored to suit and obviously match his budget.
As an example, in an OBA nightclub installation, a sound system was installed with 20 inputs and 40 outputs. As you can see, the system was built upon flexibility offering many options. It could play either DJ music, DJ monitors, an iPod, a full band LR mix with six stage mixes as well as a full 5.1 DVD audio input or a mixture of them all. This was mixed to multiple dance-floor outputs, stage monitoring and zoned areas including VIP booths, balconies, toilets and the foyer all controlled by touch-screen wall controllers. Please click on this image for a more detailed view.
In the above system, as an example, the following equipment was used : Martin Audio WS218X, Martin Audio XD15, Martin Audio AQ28, Martin Audio AQ8, Martin Audio MA12k, Martin Audio MA3.0, Martin Audio MA2.0, Martin Audio MA2.8q, Martin Audio LE1200s, Martin Audio LE1500s and a BSS BLU-100 processor to control the entire system. All-in-all, when this installation was completed, it was a state of the art system that allowed the club to operate at a very high level and attract the finest in DJ’s, artists and obviously customers.
Due to new Martin Audio products being released, a typical nightclub installation will now be:
- Martin Audio CDD10 speakers
- Martin Audio CDD15 speakers
- Martin Audio CSX218 sub woofers
- Martin Audio CSX212 sub woofers
- Powersoft M30D amplifiers
- Powersoft M14D amplifiers
- Powersoft K10 amplifiers
- Powersoft M20D amplifiers
- Martin Audio CDD5 speakers
- OHM CL3-TD Ceiling Speakers for the toilets
- BSS BLU-100 System Processor
- BSS BLU-10 Wall Panel (ex-demo)
- BSS BLU-BOB2 Break Out Box
- 8-way Network Switch with PoE
- Powersoft M28q amplifiers
If these kind of systems are installed into a nightclub then you will always be guaranteed exceptional sound throughout the club.
Please take a look at some of the typical sound systems for nightclubs we have installed.
We also offer advice and installations on sound systems in bars and restaurants.