Tape, London’s newest private members club, has installed the first pair of PMC QB1 XBD-A monitors in the UK in its Munro Acoustics re-designed recording studio and installed PMC BB6 monitors in its exclusive members lounge so that guests can enjoy the ultimate in high resolution audio playback.
As a winner of Best Club at the London Bar and Club Awards and Best Late Venue at the World Lifestyle Awards, Tape prides itself on offering an elegant party experience for its elite, global crowd, which has included the likes of Will.I.Am, Justin Bieber, Mick Jagger, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Lewis Hamilton and many others. Tape also regularly hosts performances by some of the biggest artists in the world, including Lady Gaga, Drake, Rudimental, P Diddy, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend and Travis Scott.
Big, bold and beautiful, PMC’s flagship QB1 XBD-A main monitors is the perfect complement for Tape’s sonically accurate studio control room. These statement monitors are larger than anything PMC has manufactured before and the impetus for their design came directly from the company’s high-profile clients who wanted PMC’s internationally acclaimed reputation for accuracy, transparency and clarity but with massively increased power handling.
To create the QB1-XBD-A, PMC has re-engineered its flagship QB1-A Active main studio monitor and added a further XBD cabinet per channel. This contains four identical piston drivers, each driven by four 1000w independent, class D, power amplifiers, which gives a total of a staggering 8825W of ultra-clean power per channel. The latest iteration of the company’s Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology ensures a faithful low-frequency response down to 20Hz, while cutting-edge on-board DSP provides driver unit optimisation, EQ and sophisticated crossover networks. Alongside its incredible power ratio and damping per channel, the QB1-XBD-A offers ultra-low distortion, a forensic sense of detail and incomparable dynamics and transience throughout the entire bandwidth. The sense of limitless headroom and complete confidence gained when working on these is unparalleled from this twin-stacked cabinet design, and this configuration ensures the smoothest possible in-room bass response with 3dB more headroom than the QB1-A single cabinet version.
For Tape London, having a world-class studio on site is a major draw for its clientele. The recent re-design of the studio included a relocation and expansion of the overdub booth and control room allowing even more space for songwriters, producers & artists. System upgrades include Pro Tools HDX and a Grace monitor controller, along with a selection of other professional hardware and software.
As well as offering world-class studio facilities, Tape functions as a stand-alone 400 capacity venue, which is equipped with a purpose built live stage, media walls, audio and video recording and the latest in high quality sound and lighting. The choice of PMC BB6 monitors for its exclusive members bar is genius as these powerful, accurate speakers perfectly complement the sleek look and vibe of the bar, which is soaked in music heritage with careful curated artwork and memorabilia adorning its walls.
Heff Moraes, Tape’s Studio Director, says: “Tape’s clientele consists of the leading professionals in the music industry, therefore we didn’t have to think long about where we could source the very best speakers on the market for our new Members Club as well as our state of the art recording studio. As a leading loudspeaker maker in both the professional studio and HiFi consumer markets, PMC understood what we wanted to achieve and were able to create a bespoke playback system that delivers the ultimate in sound quality, whether it’s for an intimate live music performance, a sold-out club night or mixing audio in a world class environment. The results have been exceptional with sound quality unlike anything in the country.”
Peter Thomas, owner and MD of PMC adds: “The QB1 XBD Active is our flagship studio reference loudspeaker and we are delighted that the first system in the UK has been installed in such an exciting and cutting-edge facility as Tape London. We are also thrilled that our BB6 monitors have been chosen as the playback system in the exclusive members lounge. Tape’s quality conscious clientele will experience audio of the highest calibre, along with a forensic level of detail that will allow them to hear every nuance of the music in both the studio and the members lounge.”
As creatives, music lovers and industry professionals, the Tape team has the singular vision to be the London Base for global musicians, producers, DJs and artists. Tape was developed by the music industry for the music industry and prides itself on providing a unique experience unlike anywhere else.
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.