Bucharest’s Hard Rock Café has undergone a major project to improve the power, clarity and reliability of its audio, with Romanian integrator Paradigma Teknik specifying a Powersoft system featuring Quattrocanali and Ottocanali amplifier platforms.

Paradigma’s sales manager, Laura Angelescu, recommended a system of Martin Audio loudspeakers, and turned to Powersoft’s Romanian distributor AudioVision Store, for the amplification aspect of the installation.

AudioVision’s Marius Craiu, explained: “We have a very strong relationship with Paradigma Technik. We have worked with them for many years and Powersoft aligns very well with Martin Audio for many reasons, but primarily because of the powerful DSP: a kind of Formula 1 for series cars.”

Understanding the end-user’s needs from the installation, AudioVision specified Powersoft’s DSP+D versions of Ottocanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms to form the powerful and uncomplicated backbone for the restaurant’s multi-zoned audio system. Powersoft’s green energy product solution, with innovative signal processing and backed up for redundancy, ticked every box. The installation is managed by Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio suite, which offers complete and user-friendly web-based control of the system.

Every Hard Rock Café centres around its all-important rock stage, and here Angelescu specified eight Martin Audio W8WDQs supported by four WS218X subs, which Marius met respectively with the power of two eight-channel Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D and a single Powersoft X4 DSP+D amplifiers.

The seated dining zones of the restaurant are served by 23 channels from three Ottocanali 4K4 DSP+D amplifiers, driving 23 Martin Audio CDD8 ultra-compact two-way speakers, while the front fill is supplied by two high-output CDD12 speakers driven by a single Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifier platform. Eight MA W8WDQ loudspeaker systems are used for main tops, side fill and delays and bi-amplified by two Powersoft Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D, while the LF uses four WS218X powered an X4 DSP+ D amplifier.

The initial system set-up via Armonía was created by project manager Daniel Marius Albu and technician Catalin Serban from Paradigma Teknik, with expert support from AudioVision's Marius Craiu and Powersoft’s system engineering manager Luca Gianni. Once the system was fully embedded with minor modifications made in weekly tweaks, Craiu transformed the system control into the user-friendly Operator View interface.