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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row serves up Harman

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Arizona, US, serves up American gastropub food, drinks and live music – with some twists. Taps installed onto tables allow guests to pour their own refreshments, while giant video screens have been deployed everywhere in the bar. The live music stage now features Harman’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

The system is elevated above the tables and crowd. The venue offers an alt-country environment with a punk-rock heart and a dance club pulse, courtesy of national and local artists and DJs.

Management company Riot Hospitality Group turned to pro sound systems integrator Sam Ash Music for the project to retrofit a the space with a new installed audio solution.

Jason Goldin, general manager of the Glendale, Arizona-based Sam Ash collaborated with Arizona Harman Professional manufacturers’ representative, HP Marketing Company, for additional design input.

Whiskey Row’s owners asked Goldin to help design a streamlined club/live sound rig that could integrate into the venue¹s video-rich environment ­ and accommodate the unusual sonic requirements of the elevated stage, suspended above the bar.

Whiskey Row’s all-Harman Professional audio system features six JBL STX835 loudspeakers, four STX828 subwoofers and six JBL PRX612M stage monitors. The loudspeakers for the stage above the bar ­ including the stage monitors ­ are suspended from the ceiling, and the loudspeakers for the main stage are hung from the bottom of the stage itself. In addition, two JBL PRX415 loudspeakers serve the outdoor patio.

The loudspeakers are powered by a combination of three Crown Macro Tech 12000i, two Macro Tech 5000i and an XTi 2 Series 4002 amplifier. “

“They have a lot of Œintelligent features to help in system management, are loud and have that presence that the classic MA Series and other Crown amps have always had,” Goldin noted.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 2 24-channel digital console with Compact Stagebox and MADI digital snake, controlled wirelessly through Soundcraft’s ViSi iPad app, handle the live sound mix. A dbx ZonePro 1260 12 x 6 digital zone processor handles the audio signal processing and distributed audio to additional speakers throughout the club.