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Tannoy and Lab.gruppen provide perfect pitch for Barcelona Jazz Club

Having worked with many European venues and festivals such as SONAR, Intermusic and Sonimag , freelance sound engineer Julian Zafra has decades worth of experience in the business of sound.

Collaborating with artists on areas such as design and installation, Julian’s years of experience means that these days, he has no trouble in identifying the right gear to fit the latest job. 

When he was recently tasked with working on the Milano jazz club installation project in Barcelona, he could think of only one loudspeaker brand that would meet the high expectations of the job at hand.

The Milano Jazz Club is famous throughout the city and Spain as a whole, and is one of the most prestigious music venues for Jazz aficionados in the Catalan region and beyond. 

Working alongside Spanish company Soinua, Julian settled on a solution that featured Tannoy VX Series, a product renowned for its exceptional performance and versatility that makes it a premier choice for many typical applications.

Julian explained his reasons for choosing the Tannoy VX 12HP for the main PA system, coupled with and Lab.gruppen IPD 1200 power amplifiers. He said: “We had Tannoy DMT 15 in the studio when I was studying record engineering 16 years ago - after that, not many monitors have satisfied me as much as Tannoy."

"We had a very short timescale to work to, as the owner wanted everything ready for a big jazz festival in the city. Thanks to the great service from Soinua, we managed to get everything installed and sounding great just in time. The combination of Tannoy speakers with Lab.gruppen power gave this project all the necessary sound control.”

At the heart of the Lab.gruppen’s IPD platform is a latest-generation DSP engine equipped with up to a total of 40 real-time, multi-slope parametric EQs along with adjustable gain, input and output delay, and both high- and low-pass filters adjustable to any frequency. 

The DSP also provides extensive protection for a loudspeaker system, in the form of the innovative software-controlled Speaker Protect Limiter, configured with ease from within IntelliDrive Controller software. 

Since the installation, the system has proved a major success with the owners, players and visitors to the Milano.

"The systems sound superb, and radiation is very well controlled, giving an all-round great coverage,” he concluded.





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