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Cuernavaca Club Frolics to Meyer Sound Beat
The city of Cuernavaca – famous for its year-round mild weather and sunny spas – is a favorite weekend destination for people seeking a getaway from Mexico City, a 90-minute drive to the north. Cuernavaca is also home to some of the hottest nightclubs in Mexico, and one of them, the Barbazul Disco, recently underwent a major renewal project that included a new sound system with self-powered loudspeakers from Meyer Sound.
Originally opened in 1978, the Barbazul quickly gained a reputation as one of Mexico's top nightspots. In 2001, management decided to go for a new look, feel and a new sound.
"We wanted to re-invent ourselves," explains Cuauhtémoc Rubio, Barbazul's managing director. "The idea was to woo back our customers from ten years ago and offer them a different entertainment option. We wanted to move away from the image of a discotheque crowded only with very young people."
Rubio and the club's management concluded that the club needed to raise standards even higher to maintain their elite reputation. So they decided to go for the best available across the board: architectural restoration, gardens, décor, furniture, lighting and – most importantly – a new sound system.
The club's management asked independent contractor Salvador Mata, who had worked for them previously, to supply and install a sound system able to produce very high quality sound and high SPLs for the main dance floor, and provide even coverage for the surrounding bar, VIP areas, and the outdoor terrace. Mata in turn called Meyer Sound México for assistance, working with the sales manager at the time, Ricardo Marquina, and Federico Peña of the Technical Design Department. After analyzing several proposals, Peña drafted a final design for the main system that comprised of four Meyer Sound UPA-2P Narrow Coverage Compact loudspeakers and two 650-P High Power subwoofers, configured as a left-right system, with two UPA-2Ps splayed 30 degrees apart and one 650-P ground stacked on both sides of the main dance floor. This configuration provided high SPLs for the steady, pulsating beats of the club's electronic music program, yet confined the higher levels to the dance floor.
The bar area is covered by two Meyer Sound UPA-1P Wide Coverage Compact loudspeakers and two UPM-1P Wide Coverage Ultra-compact loudspeakers for delayed fill. Two more UPM-1Ps cover the VIP section, while eight MM-4 Miniature Wide-Range loudspeakers controlled by an MM-4 CEU Control Electronics Unit cover the terrace. The small size of these loudspeakers — a 4-inch cube — allowed easy concealment in the corners of the terrace ceilings, while providing patrons underneath with great sound.
The complete system installation also included two CP-10S Tamper Resistant Complementary Phase Parametric equalizers, one VX-1 Program equalizer and one LD-1A Line Driver for system EQ and zone level control. Meyer Sound México's Federico Peña and Francisco Cobos performed final tuning of the system using the SIM System II FFT Analyzer, ensuring that patrons in every zone of the club enjoyed the highest quality sound with seamless coverage.
The classy club re-opened with a festive celebration party that pushed the 600-person capacity to the limit. The new Barbazul not only kept up with expectations, but surpassed them. And their new Meyer Sound system proved to be key to this success, as Ricardo Carrillo, Barbazul's manager comments "Believe me, after two decades working in clubs, I have heard a great deal of different speaker brands. But none had the sound quality of the Meyer loudspeakers. We're very thrilled with them, and we have received very positive comments from our customers about the sound."
The club also met its goal of broadening its base of older clientele. As Rubio points out, "With all these new changes, and especially our new sound system, we have succeeded not only in satisfying our customers but also in raising their average age from 20 to 30 years."