ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS: Podium Victorie, located in the Alkmaar region of the Netherlands, has been a well-known venue for many years hosting a wide range of classic and contemporary bands from all over the world. Though very successful at its original location, Victorie recently moved, its operators opting for an exciting relocation into the city of Alkmaar. With an upgrade in venue, owners of the club decided this was a logical opportunity to upgrade their entire sound system. After reviewing numerous competitive demos, it was the Clair Brothers system demonstrated by The Audio Specialists that rose to the top and they were awarded with the installation of a collection of its stellar products.
The key in the new venue was to find the right balance to deliver a level of acoustic quality concertgoers and performers alike would appreciate as something truly special. The Clair Brothers demo made the decision easy because of the way it achieved acoustic balance in the new room from the start. The main system install includes a Clair Brothers i212 line array supported with infill kiT series and in the smaller venue by several kiTCurve+ loudspeakers and subwoofers, along with their 1AM and 1.5AM floor monitors. “We managed to get so much more than the proposal stated,” explains Robin van Lingen, the chief engineer at Podium Victorie. “We’re so proud of the result after installing Clair Brothers in our new venue. The acoustics are great, and the sound is surprisingly better than expected. What I mean by that is, other loudspeaker brands told us that our venue required a 15-inch line array, but Clair Brothers suggested a 12-inch line array. The surprising part is that the 12-inch line array from Clair Brothers fills our entire room with better sound that the 15-inch. And because the 12-inch is smaller, the sight lines are clearer than if we had gone with a different brand.”
To complete the install, The Audio Specialists selected Lake D Series amplifiers and a Lake LM44 for additional processing and Midas Pro X Series consoles for FOH and monitor positions. All together, the result is a winning sound system not only worthy of its new city location, it makes the name “Victorie” as appropriate and as meaningful as ever.
Technicians of Victorie reflect, “Ever since opening, we consistently receive compliments about the quality of the system from bands and fans alike. Our multiple engineers love to work with it, too. In retrospect, choosing Clair Brothers was the wisest decision we could’ve made. We’re so glad we did!”
ABOUT CLAIR BROTHERS Clair Brothers is a world-class sound reinforcement company specializing in the design, manufacturing, and sales of professional loudspeaker systems. Founded by Roy & Gene Clair, the company is built on a tradition of excellence with fifty-plus years in the industry as the premier choice of top artists and audio engineers. Innovative engineering and impeccable attention to detail delivers state-of-the-art audio performance from every Clair Brothers product. Their headquarters in Manheim, Pennsylvania serves as the international distribution network hub facilitating product sales and support. For more information please call (717) 665-4000 or email [email protected]