"Middle East's Best Entertainment Venue" Sanctuary Nightclub Chooses Meyer Sound
At the 2010 PALME Middle East Awards ceremony, top honor for Best Entertainment Venue in the Middle East was given to the Sanctuary nightclub at Dubai's Atlantis Resort on Palm Island. Certainly the opulent club excels in every respect—including sumptuous décor, video and lighting effects, and a roster of celebrity DJs flown in from around the globe. In addition, a powerful Meyer Sound audio system boosts Sanctuary's glowing reputation as the new hot spot for nightlife in the Gulf region.
"We were quite thrilled to receive the PALME award," comments Ryan Marginson, Sanctuary's technical director. "And certainly the honor reflects well on the quality of our investment in Meyer Sound systems."
At Sanctuary, focal point for revelry is the sunken oval dance floor, where full-range music saturates the space from four CQ-1 loudspeakers and four 600-HP subwoofers, while surrounding bar and seating areas are covered by UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and a pair of UMS-1P subwoofers. A Galileo loudspeaker management system drives the system.
"The crowds absolutely love it," attests Marginson. "It sounds incredibly good on the floor, as it should, and that entices people to get out and dance."
Marginson further notes that the system is unique in Dubai for its combination of power and clarity. "There's hardly any EQ or processing on it," he notes. "But you can hear all the elements of the sound—especially with house music, where all the phasing and layered tracks come through clearly in the mix."
Additional Meyer Sound systems serve other areas of the 2,000-capacity club, including eight UPJ-1P loudspeakers in the intimate Velvet Room, four UPM-1P loudspeakers in the VIP booths, and four more UPM-1P loudspeakers on the terrace overlooking the ocean. Two UPJ-1P loudspeakers are placed in the DJ booth as monitors along with a UMS-1P subwoofer. Marginson reports that the compact system in the DJ booth often surprises the visiting guests.
"When some DJs first see them they'll ask, 'Could you get me something more than these two little speakers?' At the end of the night they'll call them the best booth monitors they've ever heard," says Marginson. "We run them straight out of the Pioneer mixer with no processing, and nobody pushes them more than halfway. They are very loud, very clear, and they punch."
Sanctuary at the Atlantis Resort was developed by George V Eatertainment, the founders of the Buddha Bar. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Jeffrey Beers International, the club blends the Arabian influences with a techno flair. The Sanctuary has hosted DJs including Sharam from Deep Dish, Felix da Housecat, Steve Lawler, Erick Morillo, and Steve Angelo.