VII Bar and Lounge Utilise Funktion-One Sound

VII at the Conrad Dubai, utilised Distributor Em-Tec to install a Funktion-One loudspeaker system, to give the club what is called a refresh. Regular refreshes are part of any club catering for the late-night scene.

The initial brief was for a very high-end club/lounge space, but the emphasis shifted towards producing a high-end DJ-led nightclub. The aim was to add popularity to the VII nightclub with Funktion-One sound across the whole venue.

Em-Tec designed a tailor-made sound system, focusing on providing impactful audio with even coverage throughout. Funktion-One’s Evo 6 loudspeakers, teamed with the manufacturer’s F221 bass speakers to form the core of the solution.

The full speaker system comprises six Funktion-One Evo-6Es; four Res 2 full range speakers, two F101; four F1201; a BR118 and six BR218 bass reflex enclosures; two F221 and four F218mk2 bass enclosures; and an Infrabass 218 Bass Loudspeaker.

Em-Tec’s Andy Williams commented: “Funktion-One are simply the best loudspeakers for this environment. They are able to play at extremely high volume with very low or no distortion and still keep the clarity of audio. The sound played by these speakers covers the full range from deep bass to crystal clear highs with no loss of quality.”

Andy continued: “As audio is a chain, it is vital that the amplifiers used in the system ensure that the full potential of amazing Funktion-One loudspeakers is fulfilled. The MC2 amplifiers that were used across the venue not only give an amazing audio quality but are extremely reliable and efficient. That’s why, along with FFA amplifiers, they are recommended by Funktion-One.”

Completing the chain are three Funktion-One XTA DC1048 processors. Andy explained: “XTA processors provide great DAC converters along with great functionality to control the loudspeakers to their maximum potential.”

Due to the venue being located within a hotel, Em-tec had to ensure minimum disturbance to neighbours and guests. Working with Matthew Carter from Dubai-based acoustic consultancy, Acoustic Logic, Em-tec carried out a full design study and soundproofing to minimise the effect on the surrounding area.

The club features three DJ performance spaces: the club area, garden terrace and lounge. Depending on the evening, they operate simultaneously to provide a set for each zone, or music can be streamed from one DJ across the whole system – aided by a Formula Sound ZMR-80 zone mixer and AAVC2 limiter.

Andy concluded: “This project was highly enjoyable to work on, utilising the latest models of high-end equipment available to ensure that our client and his guests have the best audio experience possible.”