The 107 Club, Crawley
www.the107club.co.uk

Project Value

£135,000

Project Elements

Sound, Lighting, Visual

When we first visited the site for the 107 Club it was simple an empty shell. It was difficult to picture how it would be transformed into a fully functioning nightclub, but after three months of hard work the venue opened its doors to the public with great success.

The brief was straightforward; high quality sound and an impressive lightshow to match.

Starting with the sound, we opted for a Funktion One system. Renowned for their high quality and visually impressive systems, we felt that this would offer the most suitable system for the venue. On the dancefloor the system comprised of four Res2SH speakers flown from the ceiling, with two F221 twin 21” bass bins. The Res2SH speakers offer a fairly narrow dispersion, which allowed us to concentrate the sound on the dancefloor area, without spilling out too much into the bar areas. The speakers were powered by two MC² amplifiers, the E25 and E45. These were in turn controlled by an XTA DP424 system processor and an XTA C2 compressor limiter, with a Formula Sound FF6000 mixer in the Dj box.

The peripheral sound was slightly more complex, with 7 additional separately defined areas. Firstly, there were four individual VIP rooms, each requiring its own volume control. For these a Bose system was specified, giving a high sound quality from compact enclosures. The first three rooms utilised the Bose DS100 surface mount speakers, with the last room having a Bose Freespace 3 system. Each room was also fitted with a Cloud RL1 remote volume control unit, allowing the customers to control the volume in their own room’s independently.

Next were the upstairs and downstairs bars, and the secondary dancefloor. For these areas we opted for a number of EV (Electrovoice) ZX1 speakers. Powered by QSC GX3 and GX5 amplifiers, these speakers offered a perfect solution of good quality but not overpowering sound for the peripheral areas.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to the lighting system, we had the challenge of creating something impressive but unique, in order to give the venue a way of standing head and shoulders above its competitors. With its fairly high roof, the 107 Club was a perfect candidate for an LED ceiling. After a few discussions and alterations, it was decided that we would construct the custom LED matrix to run the whole length of the ceiling, and down one of the walls, opposite the Dj box. Covering a total area of 90 square metres, this would provide one of the most impressive nightclub lightshows in the area.

The ceiling itself was made up of 1850 RGB LEDs, covering the 18m long and 5m wide area. Each of the LEDs is individually controllable, allowing us to create an almost infinite array of patters, graphics and effects. Within the area of the LED ceiling, we also fitted a number of conventional nightclub lighting effects to add even more impact to the lightshow. These comprised of 8 Robe ClubSpot 300 CT moving heads, and 8 Martin Atomic 3000 strobes. Also added were two custom UK built 300mW green lasers, a Martin Club Fog system and a Martin AF-1 fan to distribute the smoke. To light the stage area, two Robe ClubWash 300 CT moving heads were fitted, and two additional Robe ClubSpot 300 CTs were placed over the secondary dancefloor. Peripheral LED lighting was also added, with 48 Octostip LED battons placed in the bar area and edging the balcony.

Control for the lighting was provided by a computer based software system, eCue. This gave us the flexibility to program the entire system on the one computer, with different areas being able to be controlled separately. It also gave us the ability to run graphics and low resolution video on the LED ceiling. The DMX was outputted using seven eCue Butler devices, giving us a total of fourteen universes of DMX.

To finish off a visual system was added comprising of three LCD projectors running from a computer loaded with Arkaos Midi. Two custom screens were constructed at the edges of the dancefloor, while a third electrically controlled rear projection screen was suspended at the edge of the dancefloor. This allowed the venue to close off a section of the club by lowering the screen and using it as a divider. As a rear projection screen was used, it allowed customers both sides of the divider to see the visuals and graphics being projected.

Overall, the finished product was just as impressive as we had hoped. All elements worked together to create a complete clubbing experience, with a new high standard being set for what is expected of the late night industry.

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