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Boston’s New Tunnel Nightclub Installs QSC Amplifiers, Loudspeakers

Photo: Melissa Ostrow for UrbanDaddy Enterprises

Pro audio, lighting and production company Fastlane Productions of Billerica, Mass., installed a QSC sound system in Tunnel Nightclub, a recently opened, upscale subterranean venue in Boston. The QSC system is comprised of six AcousticPerformance AP-5122m high output 12-inch, two-way loudspeakers augmented by GP118-sw 18-inch subwoofers, all powered by the company’s new RMXa Series amplifiers.

Designed by Sousa Design Architects, the Tunnel Nightclub is located beneath the W Hotel & Residences in the Theater District of Boston’s Back Bay/Midtown neighborhood.

According to Mark Glunts, president of Fastlane Productions, the 200-capacity Tunnel is the brainchild of a long-time client, Brian Lesser, founder and president of Boston-based Speakeasy Group, which owns and operates numerous area nightclubs and restaurants. “Tunnel is a very narrow, long room, and Brian wanted a dance club level of energy in a room that didn’t really have a dance floor, so it was a challenge to design a good sound system to put in there.”

Glunts readily proposed the solution to resolve this audio challenge. “I’ve probably installed a hundred AcousticDesign Series QSC speakers in the Boston area over the last few years, but we needed something larger, something that was really going to give a high output performance. During a 2013 QSC factory tour I heard the new AP Series loudspeakers, and they sounded great,” states Glunts, so he specified the AP’s for installation at Tunnel.

“We’ve got the AcousticPerformance loudspeakers lined up all the way down one side of the club, hanging at an angle and facing across the room. The speakers right over the bar shoot past the bartenders but hit the floor just past the bar, so it’s a comfortable level for them,” Glunts says. “We originally specified four GP118-sw subwoofers for the job but then they cut the budget down, so we only put two in initially. But the owner liked them so much that halfway through the job he said, ‘Let’s add the two other ones as well.’”

The loudspeakers are powered by one RMX 2450a and three RMX5050a’s. Glunts also installed a K Series K12, 12-inch two-way active loudspeaker for monitoring at the DJ booth, which is located midway down the room between the bar and a VIP lounge area.

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