Salt Lake City’s In the Venue, a three-floor, 1,600-capacity live music club formerly known as Bricks, recently installed a new Harman Pro concert sound system anchored by two Soundcraft consoles: a 48-channel Series FIVE at front of house and 48-channel SM12 running monitors.
Local contractor/dealer Sonolux LLC installed the system under the direction of its principal, Rolando "Rolo" Casos, who dually serves as the club's head engineer. In addition to integrating the Soundcraft desks, Casos also flew twin six-box arrays of JBL VerTec VT4887 enclosures with six subs per side groundstacked below, all powered by nine Crown CDi 1000 and 2000 power amplifiers. Various BSS and dbx processing further rounds out the new equipment.
According to Casos, “Salt Lake is somewhat of a ‘b’ market, but it’s in the middle of all the touring routes, so everybody stops here. By putting a Series FIVE in at In the Venue, as well as all of the other Harman gear, we are able to satisfy the rider requirements of ‘a’-level bands that are playing in arenas and theaters everywhere else. As a result, we’ve been able to host some very popular acts in a much more intimate setting, and a number of them have been so impressed with the room that they’ve returned for more dates.”
The room is considerably wider than it is deep, with the longest throw for the loudspeakers being 32 feet. “Many of the bands that come in are used to performing up on a really tall stage where there’s a barricade 10 feet out,” Casos says. “But this room is totally different: The audience is upclose and personal, but the sound is still every bit as good as a big professional touring rig, so we have a lot of really amazing shows in here because of the energy and vibe.”
Prior to putting the Series FIVE and SM12 in, In the Venue had been using a Soundcraft K2 desk on FOH and smaller SM12 on monitors. Both of those boards have since been relegated to serve the club’s smaller performance stage located in a separate 500-capacity room at the front of the building.
Over the past few months, In the Venue has hosted performances from The Shins, Bowling for Soup, Imogen Heap, We Are Scientists, Yo La Tengo, Cursive, the Early November, Sparta, The Strokes and many others. Upcoming acts include the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Ataris, Brand New, Anti-Flag, Kottonmouth Kings, Saves the Day, Relient K, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Animal Collective and more.