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More Meyer Is Better for Platinum Disco
A popular Malaysian nightclub demanded the very best audio system, and was fitted out with Meyer Sound distributor Quebec Leisure's largest single installation of Meyer loudspeakers to date.
The Platinum Disco Lounge in Johor Bahru, immediately adjacent to Singapore, now features almost 30 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including four MSL-4 Horn-Loaded Long-Throw loudspeakers, two DS-4P Horn-Loaded Mid-Bass loudspeakers, six UPA-1P Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers, two UPA-2P Compact Narrow Coverage loudspeakers, four PSW-2 High-Power Flyable subwoofers and ten 650-P High-Power subwoofers.
The eight-year-old club recently relocated to a new 30,000 sq. ft. venue. The Meyer system has been installed to cover the main dance floor — which can accommodate 2,000 people — affording peak levels of 140 dB. The club also includes a smaller "chill out" lounge and 28 karaoke rooms.
Quebec Leisure's director Clement Fang recalls,"The owners told us they wanted the very best system available. We were competing with a few other brands, but they were very interested in Meyer. The fact that the Platinum Disco Lounge features live acts clinched the deal: Meyer Sound loudspeakers offer both the clarity required for live vocal performances, and the punch needed for disco."
One of the main challenges of the installation was that they were working against the clock. Renovation work started at the end of May, with the club opening set for August 5 — allowing just 10 weeks for the entire project. Based in Singapore, Quebec Leisure designed the system with the assistance of Mike Cooper, Meyer Sound's director of international sales and marketing. "When we brought the system in, only about three quarters of the construction work had been completed, and it was still very messy and dusty," says Fang. "The loudspeakers went up on July 25, which left only a week for final tests before the club opened."
Because construction work was in progress while the system was being installed, the acoustics of the building changed over time. "Naturally, the sound changed once the furniture and flooring was complete," says Fang. "We tested when the club was about 90% finished, and then again during the opening when it was packed with customers." Fine-tuning was carried out with the assistance of Meyer Sound's Asia-Pacific technical support director, Eddie Vermeersch, who flew in from Thailand. "We stayed up until 4 a.m. every night," says Fang.
Clubs in Malaysia are currently moving up to a new level of sound quality. "In Malaysia, if one club opens successfully with a particular brand of loudspeaker, then other club owners will want the same system," says Fang. " On the flyers and promotional material, clubs advertise the fact they've spent a lot of money on the sound."
Not satisfied with having one of the premier club sound systems in Malaysia, if not the entire region, the owners of Platinum Disco Lounge are now looking take it to the next level by supplementing their system with additional Meyer Sound loudspeakers. "We expect them to add another eight units," says Fang.