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CODA system handles multiple music styles at Moods

The wide-ranging system has been installed at Zurich's leading jazz club. Nice!

A CODA audio system has been installed in Moods jazz club in Zurich. Founded 25 years ago, Moods has become one of the most important cultural venues in Zurich and is considered one of the leading jazz clubs in Europe. 

The venue stages more than 300 concerts annually, ranging from jazz-funk and soul to blues, electro, world and a host of related styles, as well a variety of parties that take place on the weekends after the concerts. As part of a recent renovation, the club took the decision to replace its sound system and sought a PA that could meet the wide-ranging demands of everything from audiophile jazz to hard, electro DJ sound. 

Moods settled upon a CODA Audio system After conducting various shootouts with different manufacturers. Schallwerk, an integrator and also CODA Audio’s Swiss distributor,, was engaged to install the system.

For the main system Schallwerk installed nine TiRAY array cabinets per side, with TiLOW low-mid extenders taking over the function of a beam splitter for the separation between the lower floor and balcony and lengthening the array. Reflections on the balcony balustrade were thus avoided while the directivity of the low-mids remains intact.

Behind the line arrays, a cluster of three SCV subs was flown to ensure an even distribution of bass throughout the space. The low bass range is supplemented by an SCP (2 ×18in) subwoofer under the stage, and the near field in front of the stage is covered by a flown HOPS8 point source speaker in the centre with two HOPS5 attached either side as outfills. 

The bar area at the back of the club is acoustically refreshed with a delay line consisting of four HOPS5. Two HOPS8 are installed in addition to the main system acting as a four-point PA for DJ operation (they can also be integrated as rear speakers in live set-ups if desired). The stage monitoring comprises eight CUE Four wedges, supplemented with a G15 as a drumfill sub, while two HOPS8 are fixed as sidefills. 

On occasions when there is no live music, Moods can be curtained off as a simple bar operation – two HOPS8 are installed behind the bar for background music for this format. The entire system is powered by CODA Audio’s LINUS system power amplifiers.

“The installation at Moods demonstrates the flexibility that CODA Audio offers integrators in meeting the challenges posed by the varied requirements of contemporary venues,” said a spokesperson. “CODA has an solution for every audio question, allowing system designers to combine elements from across its comprehensive range to perfectly achieve their aims without any compromise.”