AIR has been installed with a large quantity of loudspeaker equipment from Dorset, UK-based manufacturer Void Acoustics, including its Air Motion triple horns and new Trinity X sub. The brainchild of Dutch promoter Sander Groet, AIR is located on the former site of the iT club, features an interior design by Marcel Wanders, and is able to accommodate audiences of up to 1,300.
Specifying the correct sound system was no easy task, as AIR co-director Sjoerd Wynia explained: "We started out with a bare shell that fortunately had a thick layer of sound isolation already in place - the architect obviously knew of the site's history! The sound system is the very heart of the club, and we looked at lots of different options. Void invited us to check out the sound at matter [club located inside The O2 complex in London], and when we heard it, knew it was perfect for AIR.
When you put the looks, the sound quality and the power together, you get a phenomenal result. The last thing we want is for our guests to be overwhelmed by a wall of sound without real clarity, and the system really delivers on this count. It is very loud without any loss of definition, and you can really feel the bass. The Void team put 200% into making it the best sound system in the city. Our regular and visiting DJs love it, and the audience reaction has been great."
The installation was handled by Void's new Dutch dealership, Soundfreax/Void BENELUX, and entailed two dance halls and five bars. The main sound system comprises six Air Motion horns, with four Mycro 8 cabinets and eight units of Void's new sub, the 21in Trinity X. Extremely careful speaker positioning was required to overcome the number of delays in the different spaces, and Void's Alex Skan worked with Void BENELUX to achieve the optimum result.
The complete sound system line-up includes 12 Air Tens, eight Waveform 10 cabinets, and another new Void product: the specially designed Waveform 215, which uses 2 x 15in woofers instead of a single 12in. Twenty-two Void Infinite amplifiers and five Xilica DSP processors provide up to 40kW of power.