Chidiac decided on a four-point configuration of Turbosound Aspect TA-500 three-way point-source loudspeakers to provide high level, low distortion sound.
As the Café Del Mar venue is within the boundaries of Meydan Beach’s up-market Jumeirah Beach Residence, a major consideration of the project design was to minimise sound spillage into the nearby residential areas.
“The entire venue could have easily been covered by two small line arrays, but as the DJ booth is facing the residential buildings it became clear that line arrays wouldn’t be sufficient in this case because I realised that potentially a lot of uncontrollable sound could be generated and directed toward the residences. We also had to take into account the wind speed and direction, which can be unpredictable,” said Chidiac.
“One solution was to enclose the audio system in order to try to keep the sound within the venue, but that was not ideal. So I looked to Turbosound’s Aspect point-source loudspeaker systems for a better solution. The TA-500 series was the best choice for this venue as the 50° horizontal by 25° vertical dispersion is conveniently focused, and once you step out of the speakers’ hot zone and off the platform the sound level drops by around 10dB — a very useful noise reduction which made the operation easier by keeping the sound from reaching the residential buildings.”
The three-way TA-500s are capable of outputting up to 141dB peak SPL, and were arranged in a four-point configuration that concentrates audio on the beachside dance floor. Under each TA-500 a B-18 neodymium driver bandpass subwoofer from the NuQ series delivers low end audio down to 40Hz.
Additionally the club is equipped with a further eight TA-500 plus B-18 delay combinations, providing a balanced sound and completing a surround four-way system all over the venue. The system is designed as only one zone with the purpose of keeping the sound equally distributed everywhere.
The loudspeakers were specially treated to IP67 at the factory to withstand all possible weather conditions that can occur at the beach and in any season.
Audio System: Turbousound Aspect
12 x TA-500 wide dispersion mid/highs
12 x B-18 single 18in bandpass subwoofers
9 x RACKDP-50 amplifiers