Phil Fitzsimmon, owner of performance venue Anthology, turned to Fulcrum Acoustic sound system that meets his high standards and makes perfect economic sense for his venue.
Anthology’s stage system consists of a pair of Fulcrum AH65 full-range coaxial horns flown as mains above two S dual 8-inch coaxial speakers on the stage lip. Three TS221 dual 21-inch subwoofers are installed into the front of the stage for low frequency punch.
Phil explained: “The space under the stage was a large void, we were concerned about resonances that could result from subwoofers mounted in this void. To help mitigate these factors, Fulcrum recommended adding framing to reinforce the stage and reduce vibration. Concrete block and fibreglass batt insulation were also used to fill the space under the stage.”
Onstage, Fulcrum’s Passive Cardioid Technology comes into play with a CSP121 21-inch cardioid sub drum monitor and eight Fulcrum Acoustics FW15 15-inch coaxial cardioid stage monitors. Two Fulcrum Acoustics CX1295 12-inch coaxial loudspeakers and an additional set of S dual 8-inch coaxial speakers serve as delay fills to cover the club’s elevated bar and VIP area.
Phil added: “In working closely with Fulcrum on this system, we were very intentional about enhancing the experience of the artists to help them deliver great shows, better onstage communication through sophisticated monitoring naturally results in better audience communication in the shared musical experience. Fulcrum had just released the world’s first cardioid coaxial stage monitor, the FW15, and the timing couldn’t have worked out better for Anthology.
“Fulcrum’s FW15 cardioid coaxial stage monitors narrow the acoustical gap between in-ears and floor wedges by minimising rear low-frequency monitor radiation that interferes with stage microphones, front fills and the audience. Musicians coming through have been raving about the FW15’s ability to clean up a noisy stage.
He continued: “High-fidelity and vocal clarity are absolutely crucial and Fulcrum’s compact point source solution is the only system that got us all the way there.
“Choosing Fulcrum was a price/value decision based on system cost and performance benefits. Their loudspeakers provide better technology in a smaller footprint, a better experience for performers and audiences, and are easier to mix. I can’t imagine why anyone would use speakers based on old technology. We now have the best sound system I’ve ever heard,” Phil concluded.