Ibiza, Spain (April 2, 2019)—There’s big clubs, and then there’s Privilege Ibiza, which can handle up 10,000 guests at a time. It’s the kind of place that needs a staff of 200 people to cover the entire venue. And Privilege itself? It sports a ceiling height of twenty-five meters, a huge dance floor, live stage, large windows and a glass dome for an observatory view of the stars at night, three floors, several terraces, and a huge swimming pool with a DJ booth above it for good measure. For one of its most recent blowouts, the venue loaded up on Clair Brothers loudspeaker systems provided by four audio vendors in order to cover the entire facility.
Clair Brothers’ Spanish distribution and rental partner, VTècnics, had Josep Maria Serra, production manage, involved with the project: “On this occasion, four companies in southern Europe shared their equipment and knowledge which allowed us to achieve the best sound possible. My company, VTècnics, worked with other Clair Brothers partners Grupo Friends, also from Spain, Audio Concept from France, and Prase Media Technologies from Italy.”
A downside of being such a massive venue is that many of its design features are glass and metallic surfaces all around. Serra noted, “The venue does not have good acoustics because it has so many reflective surface elements. And the floor has a giant swimming pool with a cover on it, which unfortunately works as a big resonance box. What we needed to do was create a sound system that was strong on clarity, with powerful subs, that would be easy to control. The Clair Brothers C12s and iS218s more than delivered.” An additional challenge for setting up the sound system was the presence of a monstrous lighting system. “We had fixed anchor points to hang the C12s,” explains Serra. “It was impossible to scroll the anchors in any direction because within the structure was a 20-ton pro-lighting rig. It was essential that we respect those loading points.”
The final, exclusively Clair Brothers, sound system designed for the big event consisted of two-dozen C12s, 24 iS218s and eight FF2s for the main stage; eight i212s and two iS218s in an additional hall; 12 i212s and four iS218s in VIP Zones 1 & 2; four kiTCurve12s, two kiTSubs and four C12s in VIP Zone 3; two C12s and four iS218s for the DJ set monitor; and all amplifiers were CB-PLM12K44s and CB-PLM20K44s.
The VTècnics production team that pulled off the evening were sound designer, Francesc Güell; system engineer, Narcis Solé; sound assistant, Juan Carlos Álvarez; and monitor engineer, Konstantinos Ftoulis. “It was a super fun night for all of us and the sound was great,” concludes Serra. “One promoter in attendance went so far as to say that this is the best sound he’s heard on the island of Ibiza in thirty years.”