CASE STUDY: Cowboys Saloon, New York State

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Cowboys Saloon is the newest tenant at Syracuse’s Destiny Mall, the largest mall in New York State and the sixth largest mall in the country. The 13,000-square-foot location has a live stage devoted mainly to country music, along with rock music and DJ sets, and ample table and bar seating. In order to give Cowboys Saloon a powerful sound reinforcement system on a constrained budget, local AV integration firm Visual Technologies used 10 of Ashly Audio’s KLR-Series dual-channel amplifiers.

Rich Trombitas, regional sales and product manager with AV manufacturers rep firm Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A), which handles Ashly Audio gear in New York City and northern New Jersey, assisted Jim Blair, sales manager at Visual Technologies, with the system design at Cowboys Saloon. In a single day, Trombitas traveled to Syracuse from New York City, surveyed the space, met with the owner, went back to Visual Technologies, designed the system with Blair, compiled a materials list, and drove back home.

Trombitas says that while the owner came through with flexibility on the budget, it remained very tight. The 10 Ashly KLR-Series amplifiers were an integral part of making it work. “We needed dynamic, high-power, low-cost amplification,” he says. “The Ashly KLR-2000 is one of the best values on the market, especially when bridged mono as we did to power some Renkus-Heinz subwoofers at Cowboys Saloon.” Indeed, three Ashly KLR-2000 amps power three Renkus-Heinz CFX218S dual-18 subwoofers for the stage. Four Renkus-Heinz CFX101 point arrays handle the stage’s fullrange material, two per side. A single Ashly KLR-4000 delivers 2,000W per channel to power them. Another Ashly KLR-4000 powers four Renkus-Heinz CFX121M stage monitors.

Cowboys Saloon’s dining and dancing area features four Renkus-Heinz CFX121 loudspeakers powered by a single Ashly KLR-3200, with low-end support from two Renkus-Heinz CFX12S subwoofers, also powered by a single Ashly KLR-2000. Six existing 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, powered by a single Ashly KLR-2000, cover the bar, with another Renkus-Heinz CFX12S subwoofer powered by one channel of an Ashly KLR- 2000 amplifier (the other channel powers yet another CFX12S subwoofer in the audience area). Finally, an Ashly KLR-3200 powers four more Renkus-Heinz CFX121 loudspeakers in that same audience area.

A 24-channel digital mixing console with a digital snake serves as the main input to the system, with DSP support from a Symetrix Prism 16x16.

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