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Sleek Milan Club Earns Points With Meyer Sound System
Milan, Italy, has long been one of the world's capitals for fashion. When a new nightclub opens in the city, points are definitely won or lost based on style. Luminal, a new high-profile club recently opened in the striking Liberty building in downtown Milan is definitely winning points. Designed by Pierfrancesco Cravel, whose past projects include the "world's most luxurious multistore" for Sheik Majed al Sabah, the upmarket venue features several huge crystal chandeliers, alongside which installation firm Light Video Sound, headed by Eliano Girola, put in an impressive array of cutting-edge lighting and AV hardware, including a Meyer Sound loudspeaker system.
Giovanni Bugari, of Meyer Sound's Italian distributor, Grisby Music, specified and designed the systems. "Starting from AutoCad files, I used the Meyer Sound MAPP Online acoustical prediction program to decide which and how many enclosures to put into the club to ensure perfect sound distribution throughout the venue," Bugari explains.
Two UPM-1P ultra-compact wide coverage loudspeakers are flown over the "aperitif" bar at the entrance, producing high sound levels at low distortion from a small and inconspicuous enclosure. Past the bar, on the right-hand side of the stairs leading to the main room, a small lounge hosts an Allen & Heath Xone 02 mixer fed from two Pioneer CDJ-1000 digital vinyl turntables, and an industry workhorse Technics SL1200 turntable. The mixer's output plays from a pair of UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers and a USW-1P compact subwoofer.
Clubgoers on the dance floor can look up and see the renovated art nouveau decorations on the impressive glass dome in the ceiling of the main circular area while they dance to music from four UPA-1P compact wide coverage loudspeakers flown round its perimeter and the hefty punch of a 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofer tucked away under the DJ booth. The booth houses two of the CDJ-1000 turntables and two SL1200s, running through an Allen & Heath Xone 92 mixer.
This is the second Italian venue for which Bugari has specified the 700-HP, which gained instant popularity, virtually from the time of its release in 2004, for its ability to produce extremely high sound levels with an undistorted, musical quality. The 700-HP works well in a club environment because it is designed to handle the very high peak-to-average ratios produced by drums, syntheiszers and other instruments in popular music. Background sound in the main room is courtesy of a pair of UPJ-1P cabinets at the bar and another pair in the seating area, supplemented by four UPM-1P cabinets distributed through the seating areas. The UPJ-1P and UPM-1P units are all mounted on custom ceiling/wall brackets made by one of the several specialist artisan firms working on the prestige location.
Bugari added jokingly, "Due to residence apartments higher up in the building, the incredible 131dB that could be obtained in the middle of the floor if the system was really put through its paces is unlikely to be used!"
Luminal's management is clearly pleased with the Meyer Sound system, so much so that it is included in the club's first press release, which reads: "…the design (project) has given this elegant early twentieth century dancehall back to the city, equipping it with extremely advanced sound systems by Meyer Sound…"