Rick’s Cabaret-NYC occupies a three-story town house in the heart of Manhattan with a sound system featuring Martin Audio loudspeakers distributed through all three floors.
According to project director/audio designer/LED and stage lighting director/system programmer Tim Hannum of Texas-based Diavolo Systems, “The owner insisted on incredibly sophisticated audio and video concepts and technology that you never get in this kind of a club situation because most don’t care enough to spend the money. Same goes for the lighting and video. He wanted to completely blow everyone away with this system and that’s pretty much what he’s done.”
The challenge for Hannum, project manager Michael Hester and the rest of the crew was to efficiently zone and distribute high-quality sound from top to bottom, starting with the extended stage and bar area, all the way up through three floors with no dead spots or holes.
The system on the first floor comprises four Martin Audio AQ15 two-way passive loudspeakers for the stage, four Martin Audio Blackline S18 sub-bass systems as the main subwoofers, eight AQ10s for the house and bar area, four AQ5s for the entrance area and two AQ5s for the dressing room. For the house and bar areas on the second floor, Hannum used 10 AQ10s, with eight AQ10s for the house zone and eight more AQ5s for the VIP lounges.
The system is powered by Martin Audio amplification with four dbx Driverack 260 sound processors and a dbx Zonepro 640 signal router/processor with wall-mounted remotes. In the DJ booth, DJ Beau’s rig includes a Martin Audio AQ10 booth monitor, a Rane MP24Z professional DJ mixer, two Technics SI-DZ tabletop CD/MP3 players and a Shure SM58 Beta DJ vocal mic.
For more information on the Martin Audio gear installed, visit www.martin-audio.com.