Speakers from the new Total Clarity range were selected, a pair of CT12’s covered the dancefloor area, with a CT10 as dedicated DJ monitor. A singular PUKK212 subwoofer was chosen, both for its compact dimensions and high output.
For the arches, we used a pair of CW26 speakers at either end, the bass frequencies augmented with a CS208 under banquette subwoofer – Ruski’s was the first installation in the World to use this model, they performed perfectly, and needed very little allowance from the seating and upholstery designers for a discreet installation.
For the VVIP areas adjacent to the dancefloor, more CS208 subwoofers were used, this time partnering CT6 fill speakers. A modestly proportioned cabinet, with a much bigger sound!
The control of the audio was important to Ruski’s Tavern. In the past, volume controls have been situated behind a bar, for example. Shouting or gesticulating to other staff members as to the required volume level will not do, and neither should it any more – Penguin developed an iPad wireless control system, enabling a nominated member of staff to walk around the venue and adjust volume levels for each individual zone (Ruski’s had 7), as well as the music source. The room had 3 possible portable DJ booth locations, should only half of the venue be required for a private party or product launch, for example.
Making all this happen, was BSS’ Soundweb Blu-100. As standard, the system provides 12 inputs and 8 outputs. Of course with 7 zones, 8 outputs for full range audio and subwoofers was not going to be enough, so we presented another first for the UK – the Crown DCI 8|600n amplifier, which added 8 channels of audio output at speaker level, as well as another 8 analogue inputs. BluLink digital audio protocol was used to transmit audio between this and the Soundweb.
For the rest of the amplifiers, we employed a brace of XTi6002 and 4002’s.
Pioneer’s flagship CDJ2000 Nexus CD/USB players were joined by a Pioneer DJM900 Nexus mixer in the DJ booth.
Lighting was simple but effective, using Chauvet Intimidator Spot 250 moving heads, 4 on the dancefloor and 2 in each arch, along with addressable RGB LED tape via DMX to highlight and wash the arch ceilings. Control was provided by Chauvet ShowXpress software and a touchscreen PC. For added effect, a Look Solutions Unique 2.1 hazer was discreetly installed to the dancefloor area, with 4 further smoke machines positioned in each arch – as the dramatic plumes of smoke were integral to the theatre of the venue.
2 x Ohm CT12 speakers for dancefloor
1 x Ohm PUKK212 subwoofer
1 x Ohm CT10 DJ monitor
4 x Ohm CT6 fill speakers
6 x Ohm CS208 under banquette subwoofers
8 x Ohm CW26 wide dispersion fill speakers
1 x BSS Soundweb Blu-100 DSP
1 x Crown DCI8|600n networked DSP amplifier
2 x Crown XTI6002 amplifiers
4 x Crown XTI4002 amplifiers
1 x Formula Sound AVC2D automatic volume control / limiter
1 x iPad remote control
2 x Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus CD/USB players
1 x Pioneer DJM900 Nexus DJ mixer
12 x Chauvet Intimidator Spot 250 LED moving heads
100m of addressable DMX RGB LED tape
1 x Look Solutions Unique 2.1 Haze machine
4 x Chauvet Hurricane smoke machines
1 x Chauvet ShowXpress PC based lighting control system with touchscreen