Whilst keeping the mid and top in control is key to audio fidelity and control as mentioned above, 9 times out of 10, external noise and environmental health complaints arise because of issues with the much more difficult to control bass and sub frequencies with their very long wavelengths and ability to penetrate even thick walls with ease. It was unanimously felt amongst our engineers that the venue was too small to have any real benefit from using a bass array to steer bass and sub frequencies in any one direction, especially when considering the cost implication. So in an attempt simply to muster as much control as possible in this situation we selected the Void Acoustics Stasys 218 with specially selected carbon cone driver, powered and controlled by the Void Acoustics Bias V3 amplifier.
The Carbon drivers in the Stasys 218 cabinet cool themselves extremely efficiently. This helps avoid power compression and ‘creep’ of the DJ mixer, that is the DJ pushing his mixer further into the red, often ruining audio quality whilst also preventing distortion in the drivers at source. These carbon cones, whilst more expensive than their paper counterparts offer excellent cone control and low distortion in the sub and bass frequencies. When the stage is in band, or DJ mode, the subwoofers can be tucked underneath at the front edge, closely coupled. This helps to stop the subs vibrating the walls directly, which was an issue with the last install.
Furthermore, when we couple this extremely lightweight cone with the fantastically accurate Void Bias V3 and it’s massive array of limiting features we can ensure that the cabinets produce the exact sound that we want them to. The Bias V3 has simply the finest cone control of any amplifier we have ever used. The amount of fidelity in the bottom end of this system is actually quite intimidating. The resulting sound you would expect to observe in a much larger stack of subs.
The system was finished entirely in white to allow for custom projection mapping of the already visually impressive tops. Everyone has been extremely impressed with the capabilities of the system and we have managed to drastically increase the SPL inside the space whilst reducing the audible noise outside, much to everyones satisfaction.