Sound systems for bars and restaurants, although sounding simple, bring their own challenges. The venue may have different clientele throughout the day. Those customers will probably want different types and levels of music coming from different source inputs. For example, during the day, the music may be very quiet and sourced from an iPod. To get quiet music levelled across an entire venue will take more speakers than if you were to just have fewer speakers at higher volume.
A customer who is having a coffee morning or a light lunch will not want a large speaker installed in their vicinity whilst trying to chat. However, that same table at night may be used by social drinkers who want it louder with music from perhaps a DJ. The DJ will want to have bass bins too, for a much more powerful sound than the person enjoying his lunch. Suddenly, you have a problem.
Does the bar owner install smaller speakers? Such as the Martin Audio CDD6 for example, to allow lower volumes during the day that will not satisfy his evening customers. Or does he install larger speakers, such as the Martin Audio CDD12, to ensure his evening clients are satisfied. However, this will be at the detriment of his daytime customers. A tricky choice to make for an investment.
Old Barn Audio also work with the CDD weather resistant range from Martin Audio. These high quality speakers now enable bars and restaurants to offer quality sound outside on their terraces, balconies or patios. As well as inside within the intimate surroundings of the bar.
Bespoke designs for your venue
This is where the system designer has to offer the owner a compelling solution with the correct equipment. Your designer will need to ensure he specifies the correct brand and type of speakers. He also has to match those speakers to the correct amplifiers and offer zoning facilities, with correct volume and zone switching.
During the day, for example, an iPod or other device may be playing classical music in one zone, with a TV input in another. Both of these inputs (or more if zones are available) need to controlled, switched and governed by the controller which in turn runs off software. So, all in all, not just a case of putting up some speakers and plugging in your stereo!
Typical Bar Installation
A typical bar installation may have the following type of equipment list and system design:
- Martin Audio CDD6 – Small high quality install speaker
- Martin Audio CDD10 – Larger, more powerful version of the CDD6
- Martin Audio CSX212 – Fantastically powerful sub speaker in a small frame size
- Martin Audio DX1.5 – Industry standard controller or perhaps the lower cost DX0.5
- Powersoft M28Q – Versatile powerful quad amplifier
Sound Systems for Bars and Restaurants
We also work in many nightclubs across the UK as well as abroad. This crosses over with bars and restaurant sound systems, as many locations we work in can cover all three genres of entertainment.
If you want to enquire about lighting or sound systems for bars and restaurants as well as nightclubs or other entertainment venues, please contact Old Barn Audio. Either on +44(0) 1892 752246, by email or our contact form and someone will be in touch.
Here are just a few of the sound installations we have carried out in bars and restaurants: