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Legendary Italian Club Upgrades with Martin Audio

FOH Staff • International News • April 21, 2008

RIMINI, ITALY – One of the few clubs in the world able to boast a 50-year history, the stylish Paradiso club offers clients a breathtaking view from its unbeatable vantage point overlooking the Adriatic Riviera. The legendary venue’s new owners — Luca De Simone and Alessandro Volta — announced their intention to reopen the Italian venue exactly 50 years after its original inauguration and restore it to its role as one of Europe’s leading clubs with a Martin Audio sound system.

De Simone and Volta called in Riccione architect Marco Lucchi, designer of some of the country’s key venues, and his stylish black and white décor and extensive use of glass and mirrors has produced a spacious minimal look. The club is already hosting high profile meetings, product launches and other exclusive events by top companies, who also make use of Paradiso Dream Club’s two restaurants and conference room, as well as its capacity to cater receptions for up to 1,000 people.

Particularly striking is its first-floor VIP zone, with a huge window overlooking the lights of the towns along the coastline. Here, nights begin with a restaurant and sushi bar format with background music. At midnight, staffers remove part of the seating and tables, revealing a dance floor for live bands and top DJs, opposite the huge bar.

The task of designing and installing a sound system up to management’s demanding standards was entrusted to Max DeLux of San Marino’s Titansound & Light, who explains, “I had no hesitation in choosing Martin Audio, as my brief was to provide a system suitable for installation in the low-ceilinged VIP room, and at the same time be able to ensure good quality background reproduction during restaurant hours as well as plenty of punch for dancing later in the evening. It also had to be usable by visiting groups, who send a feed of their mix down to the DJ’s mixer, which is then fed out to the system.”

Since the room is long and rectangular, DeLux specified 12 Blackline F10 enclosures and six S15 subs; the latter were chosen for their fast frequency response, and installed at strategic points on the floor around the perimeter of the dance area.

Martin Audio Blacklines are ideally suited to room aesthetics, due to their custom white livery and unobtrusive rectangular format; their rotatable HF horn enables them to be installed vertically or horizontally, as in the Paradiso. The F10 ensures uniform quality coverage over the entire area and DeLux adds, “Although they’re compact units, they’ve a frequency range that goes down to 65Hz and a rated power of 300W.”

The compact vented S15 sub-bass system is an ideal partner for the F10 enclosures, extending and increasing the total low frequency output power, thanks to the long-excursion 15” woofer and 4” voice coil driver. It packs a hefty punch too, notes DeLux, with 500W of rated power.”

Behind the console, DJs can also take advantage of Blackline’s sonic quality with a pair of F15s and two S15s on monitor duties. Their colleagues mixing sounds for clients on the main dance floor downstairs are also ensured leading edge monitoring with an identical set-up.

Commenting on the results achieved in the prestige venue, DeLux enthused, “Since we installed the system as the Paradiso, it has already been heard by two new clients who compared it to what they already had and immediately contacted me, requesting a quote for a Martin Audio system in their venues!”


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