Skully’s Music-Diner, a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, that presents hip-hop and indie rock artists, has upgraded its sound system with a new QSC KLA Series active line array loudspeaker system. The new KLA system comprises four flown KLA12 12-inch, two-way loudspeakers per side, and was installed principally in order to improve coverage to Skully’s upstairs balcony area.
Skully’s purchased the KLA rig from Sound Ideas Inc., a local retailer of pro audio, DJ, lighting and video equipment.
“Coverage was really an issue,” says the venue’s house engineer, Luke Wells, “and adding a line array really made sense to reach all the areas and the balcony.”
Wells notes that Skully’s prides itself on having the best and latest technology, and says that the new KLA system has significantly improved the sound quality as well as the coverage. “The KLAs sound is clear as day, front to back,” Wells reports. “The new QSC system is like night and day from what we used to have. I’ve had compliments from guest engineers since we installed the KLA system.”
“With the KLA we got to hear how great the coverage was before we bought it, and the demo pretty much sold it for us,” adds Wells, noting the demo of the system by J.C. Bittence from TechRep Marketing, the QSC rep firm in the region. Skully’s already had good experience with the company’s other products, having used QSC amplifiers to drive some of its monitor wedges.
In addition to regular DJ and dance nights every week, Skully’s also promotes local bands. During the last 12 months, it has hosted national touring acts such as Zola Jesus, Heartless Bastards, Talib Kweli, Gogol Bordello and Cannibal Corpse. “The Black Keys have played a couple of times,” adds Wells.
Skully’s has been part of Columbus’ nightlife for 20 years, originally on the campus of Ohio State University and now in the city’s Short North neighborhood, just a few blocks from OSU. The venue has been voted the Number One dance club in Columbus for the past 10 straight years. In May 2012, readers of local entertainment magazine Columbus Alive voted Skully’s the Best Place for Rock ’n’ Roll, Best Place for Hip-Hop and Best DJ Night, for Thursday night’s Ladies b80s, the longest running weekly dance party in the city. Skully’s was also recently voted Best Dance Club in 614 magazine’s ColumBEST 2012.
Visit Skully’s Music-Diner at www.skullys.org.