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Allen & Heath Outfit GPO

The GPO, a Melbourne, Australia–based night spot and function center, recently underwent a comprehensive update of its audio systems, selecting Allen & Heath mixing products throughout. The GPO offers four key function areas: The Lexington, The Music Room (pictured), The Library and The Terrace.

“Ian Robertson (CEO) and Scott Thompson (music director) were looking
for a premium-quality audio system that could stay in the background
visually but be very much in the foreground acoustically,” comments
system designer and contractor Nathan Pugh of One Productions.

The Lexington makes use of the heritage architecture of the GPO
building, with grand archways, 7-meter-high ceilings, huge period
windows, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, draped private enclaves and
art-deco furniture. On Level 2, the Music Room is a loft-style club hosting international and local DJs, as well as live acts. It also boasts two private function rooms—the Black Room and the White Room—that can be attached to either The Lexington or The Music Room.

One Productions selected an Allen & Heath iDR-8 DSP system to manage audio distribution to all four spaces, providing all rooms with their own audio feeds. With its digital architecture of stored presets and wall panels, hospitality staff can select the appropriate audio configuration for each function or application and, if necessary, make adjustments on the fly.

The Library is the GPO’s new wine bar, opened on Level 2, and decorated with timber panelling and shelving for historic books. The Terrace is also a new Level 2 extension comprising a conservatory and outdoor garden area overlooking Melbourne’s skyline. An Allen & Heath GR05 analog 4-zone installation mixer controls audio distribution to both these function areas, enabling staff to easily set up the rooms as separate areas or combined.

The GPO also has three Allen & Heath Xone:62 DJ mixers: one installed in the Lexington, one in The Music Room and a third unit available for use in any of the other rooms.

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