TURN IT UP, BUT KEEP IT DOWN
Recently, Jazz Café’s previous sound system had begun to let the venue down. Overworking small speakers, the music was too loud in the day and not loud enough at night. So when he began looking for a new pro audio partner, the venue’s owner Beppe Grasso knew he needed something versatile. “In the afternoon and evening, people need to be able to hear the music but also talk, but later on we turn up the volume and everybody dances until late, so we needed a system that could adapt,”
he explains. However, Jazz Café’s desirable location on the historic Corso Sempione presented a crucial challenge. The labyrinth restaurant/club is situated in the ground fl oor and basement levels of a 120-year-old building with residential properties above and to the sides. It’s protected from modifi cations, including the installation of damping materials, making it extremely diffi cult to contain sound. “The music has to be loud, but it can’t bother our neighbours,”
says Grasso. He turned to Pioneer Pro Audio to create a new sound system that would allow him to gradually transform the ambience in each of Jazz Café’s several diff erent spaces independently of each other, without leaking sound into the surrounding properties.
“Music is so important at Jazz Café. We needed a loud system that would sound great but not disturb our neighbours.”