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Karaoke bar turns to BSS Soundweb

Ian McMurray 28 July 2010

BSS Soundweb London digital building blocks have been used to control three karaoke pods in a new Japanese-themed diner in London.

F1:Sound Company undertook the technical fit-out of the new “Red Monkey” Asian-inspired lounge and karaoke bar. The new venue, which has been created in collaboration with Focus Design, features three state-of-the-art karaoke pods for up to 20 guests each  in its basement. On the ground floor, which is split into four separate sound zones, guests dine on Asian cuisine and drink cocktails while listening to an eclectic mix of funk, soul, blues, chilled house, Motown and lounge.

F1:Sound’s digital solution has been to provide a Soundweb London BLU-160 for the master processing, adding a BLU-120 to satisfy the additional mic inputs, and a BLU-BOB2 break-out box, which offers eight channels of analogue audio output expansion. Reverb is provided by external reverb units.

“The powerful modular design of the BSS London range meant we could design an efficient system for the venue, with its multiple zones and functions,” said F1:Sound director, Sam Liston.  “In the karaoke pods, the BLU system handles the microphone and music source inputs, volume controls and mixing of the FX, while customers take control with our custom-designed control panels.”

“The finite control over the sound meant microphone feedback was never an issue and the control of the Soundweb over wireless Ethernet made commissioning a joy,” he continued. “The system is designed to be as simple as possible, to offer maximum reliability … and it sounds great.”

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