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Alive on the ocean waves: Turbosound keep music venue rocking

Wind forward 22 years, and the Thekla is now owned by British live music and club operator DHP, and is moored at Bristol docks in the UK. The ship was in considerable need of repair, refurbishment and a complete re-fit – including a completely new sound and lighting rig. DHP selected Stage Electrics, who specialise in the supply of technical solutions to the entertainment, leisure and presentation industries, for the project – who in turn elected to feature a sound system from Turbosound.

The installation comprises six Turbosound QLight TQ-445 full range enclosures, four TQ-425 bass units and two TSB-118 subs, controlled by two LMS-D24 digital controllers and driven by Turbosound-badged MC2 amplifiers. On stage, six Turbosound TXD-15M wedges are used for foldback, while the bar area in the main room also sports four QLight TQ-310 full range cabinets, which act as delays/fills, with a further LMS-D24 controller and MC2 amp. The bar on the upper deck also features four QLight TQ-308s and two TSB-110s, controlled by a further LMS-D24. The front of house system comprises an Allen & Heath GL3800 console, with XTA, dbx, TC Electronics and Yamaha outboard.

“We had a free hand with the system design and chose the QLight series for their excellent dispersal qualities, allying power and clarity,” says Ed Gamble of Stage Electrics. “It allows the detail of vocals to be clearly heard, yet with easily enough power to get over the most powerful backline scenarios.”