Succeeding in a fixed installation that provides a major upgrade to the quality of its networked audio, London nightclub Fabric has chosen to upgrade its three legendary dance rooms with BSS Audio Soundweb London devices. The system was sold through Harman’s UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd.
“The original Soundweb devices gave us great service but we realized that the available technology had become far more advanced. Processing speed is a lot faster, and the new devices have a much greater capacity,”? stated Sanjeev Bhardwaj, head of technology for Fabric.
The new system consists of a BLU-160 and pair of BLU-120 devices in the two main rooms along with a pair of BLU-BOB output boxes, and a BLU-160 and single BLU-120 in the third room. All three rooms are fitted with password-protected BLU-10 programmable touch screen remotes for local control.
“Anything I can do on my laptop I can do on the BLU-10. We have set up separate gain controls for each individual speaker and have reset the crossovers with the result that the system provides us with amazing performance like we’ve never heard it before,”? stated Bhardwaj.
The I/O configuration of the Soundweb London system was also a key factor. While the BLU-160 devices handle all the processing and are configured either 12×4 or 16×0, all the BLU-120 devices are configured for outputs and programmed 0x16.
“We have maintained the highest standards in each room and with so much more processing power available the system is no longer straining. We are also able to run it quieter than we did before — and yet it sounds better. Our regular DJs have been quick to remark on the improved sound,”? stated Bhardwaj.
Although other options were considered for the upgrade, Bhardwaj believes Soundweb is still the most efficient and powerful system available. “The idea of the new Soundweb London and its digital audio bus was to future proof the club. I have so many spare outputs and we are still only using 56% of the processing power in Room 2. In fact it’s the best money I’ve spent in the last three years and I probably won’t need to look at processing again for the next decade.”? stated Bhardwaj.
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