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Void Acoustics Air Motion speakers chosen for Melbourne music hall

Duncan Proctor 21 January 2015
Void Acoustics Air Motion speakers chosen for Melbourne music hall

The Forester’s Beer and Music Hall in Melbourne, Australia has installed a Void Acoustics sound system as part of a major renovation of the venue.

Audio Logistics, Void Acoustics’ Australian distributor, was invited to specify a new audio system by Forester’s owner Russell Griggs. “I had worked with Russell on projects previously, and when it came time for the renovation at Forester’s Hall, Russell gave me a call to meet with him and the architect to have a walk-through of a proposed design,” said managing director Adam Dullens.

“The first thing you notice as you enter the cavernous main room is the elevated gold clamshell in the back corner, an original piece from the 1920s,” said Dullens. It was decided to retain and highlight this as a feature, so as part of a complete transformation the entire venue was stripped back to the bare walls and clamshell, while under the guidance of Dullens the audio installation was carried out by Melbourne based technology integrators Pulse Audio Visual Technologies.

“The venue has a lot of hard, bright surfaces which, when coupled with the soaring domed ceiling, made speaker selection and positioning very important,” commented Dullens.

“As far as level goes, the system has more than enough. The design of the clamshell acts as a natural amplifier for any acoustic sounds produced in it. As it is not a club system as such there is more emphasis on a detailed full range response as opposed to a bass-heavy sound, which seems to work really well for the venue and also for their neighbours. Room coverage is good throughout the main room, with the Indigo 6 speakers providing just the right amount of HF clarity at the outer edges.

“The Air Motion speakers were a fantastic choice for this installation. Not just for their sonic qualities, but also because their appearance complemented the clamshell, adding to the greatest visual feature of the venue. The decision to use the Mycro X subs was I believe the right choice, as there has not been a single noise complaint from nearby neighbours since the system was installed.”

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