Sound System Installations
THE BRIDGE & TUNNEL
Shoreditch, London E1
STUDIO QUALITY SOUND IN A NIGHTCLUB
MAIN LOUDSPEAKERS: FUNKTION ONE
ANCILLARY LOUDSPEAKERS: PMC STUDIO MONITORS
AMPLIFICATION: BRYSTON AND MC2
DIGITAL CROSSOVERS: XTA
VALVE COMPRESSION: DBX
ANALOGUE SIMULATION: EMPIRICAL LABORATORIES
MIXING CONSOLES: FORMULA SOUND
DECKS: TECHNICS MK III
CD PLAYERS: PIONEER CDJ-1000
PHONO PREAMPLIFIERS: CLEARAUDIO
AIRCONDITIONED AMPLIFIER RACKS
THE NEW VENUE
RADICAL DANCE LABEL
Original Pictures: Night Magazine May 2002
THE BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
The Bridge and Tunnel is a new venue in Shoreditch, East London set up by Sav Remzi and David Hill, co-owners of the radical left field dance record label Nuphonic. Nuphonic specialises in quality releases with a great deal of care put into the production and presentation of the product. The same amount of thought and attention to detail is reflected in the construction of the venue.
The Bridge and Tunnel is situated in an old bank building with a ground floor bar/restaurant and basement dancefloor. The bar staff are serving drinks from where the teller would once have been dispensing or receiving monies and the dancefloor is situated in the old basement bank vault with some of the original vault doors still in place.
The sound systems have been designed and installed by Electracoustic Ltd with input from Nuphonic and Funktion One. The ground floor system consists of Funktion One Resolution 2 and F118 loudspeakers in the main bar area with PMC (Professional Monitor Company) studio monitors in the acoustically treated ancillary areas. High specification hi-fi amplifiers by Canadian manufacturer Bryston have been used throughout on this floor, these are convection cooled and are contained in a glass fronted air conditioned rack cabinet on view to the public. XTA DP series controllers and DBX valve compression are also in the signal chain.
The downstairs system is a five way Funktion One system, arrayed like a giant hi-fi at one end of the room and comprising Resolution 4 flown loudspeakers, F218 bass enclosures and the new Infra-Bass sub-bass enclosures. Resolution Two mid high infills are used at the other end of the room. This floor is powered by MC2 amplification throughout, another product with the pedigree to straddle the divide between PA/Nightclub and Studio installations, with XTA DP series controllers and the Empirical Laboratories 'Fatso' compressor/analogue simulator. Here the equipment rack is mounted in the venue wall with the glass front on public view and the rack rear in the service/utility room adjacent to the dancefloor.
Both floors are equipped for DJ use with full links between them. The new Formula Sound PM-100 discotheque mixers are installed and a lot of consideration has been applied to the phono sources as this scene is still very vinyl based. The Technics decks are mounted on acoustic mats on top of concrete slabs, which are in turn neoprene isolated from the concrete and steel surround. The Shure cartridges pass through discrete phono stages by German hi-fi manufacturer ClearAudio. The new Pioneer CDJ-1000 CD players are also in evidence.
The installation takes the best principles of high end hi-fi and combines
these with the finest pro-audio products available to create a really
special result. We are now at the stage of adjusting and fine tuning
the room acoustics on both levels to let the sound equipment really
shine and this involves constructing and hanging custom acoustic panels
and drapes. When this work is complete the venue is going to be really
2 x Technics SL1210 Mk111
2 x Technics SL1210 Mk111
Electracoustic Limited, London, England