New Orleans, LA (May 2, 2016)—The denizens of New Orleans know how to have a good time, so when Republic NOLA, a 10-year-old club in a 150-year-old warehouse, was renovated from top to bottom, the venue’s management knew it needed a new audio system that would meet customers’ expectations. Regional audio vendor Raven Production Management Group got the call.
Jason Starkey, the audio systems coordinator for Raven PMG, became involved in the project and ultimately decided to utilize DAS Audio equipment for the installation. “Republic NOLA came under new ownership mid-2015; as part of the new owner’s vision and to make an impact for the 10-year anniversary, the entire building was renovated,” he explained. “All three bars were completely demolished and rebuilt, the room lighting was entirely re-done, and new offices were added. Along with these renovations, the production was ramped up. In addition to the new DAS audio system, we also installed a new video system, along with supplemental lighting and control. The installation took place between December 1 and 11, 2015. The grand reopening took place on the venue’s 10-year anniversary—December 12.”
For the main stage setup, Starkey and his team flew a combination of two DAS LX-118A powered subwoofers and four Aero 20A line array elements each for the left-right hangs. For additional low frequency support, they also placed two UX-221A powered subwoofers underneath the stage.
For front fills, the Raven PMG crew suspended two Artec 510A point source loudspeaker enclosures on either side of the stage. “Because of the way the mezzanine is designed,” Starkey reports, “the main hang doesn’t quite cover the first floor underneath the balcony. To compensate for this, we utilized six Artec 510A enclosures as a distributed fill system. The main hang, subs, and front fills are all processed through a DAS Audio DSP-4080 4-input / 8-output processor, while the distributed fills are managed by a processor the venue already owned.”
Rounding out the system, there are also six DAS Action Series M12A powered monitor wedges on stage plus a single Vantec 18A powered subwoofer for the drumfill.
With the Republic NOLA installation completed and the equipment in use regularly, Starkey summed the project up, “I think it’s safe to say the venue is extremely satisfied with the install. In the past couple of months, I couldn’t go a day without seeing Republic NOLA brag about the new sound system in social media. Countless times, I’ll be at FOH and I routinely get compliments from both patrons and touring engineers. Word seems to be getting around town that Republic is one of the best sounding venues in New Orleans.”
Raven Production Management Group
Republic New Orleans