The natural choice to suit the layout of the room was a system comprising twin 3-metre GS-WAVE stacks with tweeter pods above the dance floor and an assortment of XY Series speakers used for infills at the front and back of the room, and around the bar and balcony areas. The entire system was installed in an incredibly tight time frame, taking less than five days, and was ready for the first ADE party.
Portions of the stage were cut out on either side in order to integrate the GS-WAVE stacks, which were angled inwards. This directed the system’s main power and energy into the centre of the dance floor and avoided dead spots that would be caused by reflections from the balcony if the stacks were pointed straight forwards. The flexibility of the WAV-LENS, with its 35-degree tilting mechanism, also meant the best focal point for the high frequencies could be selected.
XY Series speakers were placed at the back of the dance floor and in the bar areas underneath the balconies to create even coverage of the room. They were the perfect choice, says Discovery Sound and Vision’s Kuin. “The XY speakers give a very natural sound, so you can use them for all styles of music and audio. They’re not just for club music.” Barrand and Kuin created a custom bracket that would allow, for the first time, for speakers to hang from the sides of the GS-WAVE stacks. With an XY-101 on the inside and an XY- 122 on the outside of each stack, a stereo image is created in the centre of the dance floor to envelope the listening area for the audience right in front of the DJ console.
For monitoring, an XY-215s sub with an XY-122 on top was placed at either side of the DJ booth. There was some concern from the club that the 15” subs wouldn’t be powerful enough, but those fears were put to rest on the first night of ADE when it was clear there was more than enough low end for the DJs. In fact, the solution was so popular it’s since been implemented in other Pioneer Pro Audio touring systems and installations. And to enhance the monitors’ performance even further, another custom bracket was engineered by Discovery Sound en Vision. Fixed to the sub, it suspends the counterbalanced top speaker above, so each DJ can effortlessly tilt it at any angle necessary to direct the mid and high frequencies straight at his or her ears. “The speakers stay in the perfect position,” says Kuin. “The DJs love it.”