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Outline’s sonic quality chosen for unique Patong venue

THAILAND | August 2015 – As well as its beaches, Patong, the most famous resort on Phuket (Thailand’s largest island), is also famous for its bustling nightlife, with hundreds of restaurants and venues of all types.

One of the most recent additions is the Illuzion Nightclub, a new-build venue offering the South East Asian market a unique combination of interactive Las Vegas-style shows and a disco with four resident DJs and international guest jocks.

The venue features two huge balconies running round the dancefloor, three VIP areas, a VIP room and six bars.

To meet the requirements of the club’s extremely varied entertainment formats, the management required a top grade flexible audio system and selected products by Italian manufacturer Outline throughout.

Voghera-based installer Skeldon puts its team’s wide experience in various entertainment fields at the disposal of clients worldwide and worked on the Illuzion project for two months, assisted by the manufacturer during the design period.

Skeldon sound engineer, Federico Susanna explains: “We were looking for a system able to suit the different kinds of events staged within the club – Vegas-style shows, live bands and DJ sets – and ensure high sound quality and SPL.

As the rig also had to be sufficiently compact to avoid obstructing the venue’s lighting and video, Skeldon decided to deploy Outline Butterfly as the main system and Eidos 15 for the VIP areas, with DBS 18-2 and Eidos 118S subs.

The main dance floor system comprises ceiling-flown L-R hangs each comprising eight Butterfly line array elements, with bottom-end beef courtesy of eight DBS 18-2 subwoofers (flown and stacked).

A total of forty Eidos 15 and ten Eidos 118 S subwoofers provide coverage for the venue’s various VIP areas, and four DVS 8P point-source speakers are used as near fields for the FOH desk. Dressing room monitoring is provided by twenty IS6T.

The powerhouse for the entire set-up consists in four Outline T-Nine amplifiers and four T-Sevens, with processing being handled by ten iP24 iMode-driven processors.

Given carte blanche by the client, the installers encountered a number of challenges related to electricity that had to be solved to ensure that Outline’s reputation for top sonic quality was maintained. In fact, stabilizers and power factor correctors were installed to overcome Patong’s mains power supply problems.

Both the installers and client are completely satisfied with the installed system and the end results, and Susanna enthusiastically concludes: “The final result was impressive. We have created a world-class multipurpose club that exceeded even our expectations! Musicians and DJs have all said it’s the best place to perform in Thailand. Outline was the perfect choice and a valuable partner with whom I will surely work again.

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