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“This can be particularly challenging with a historic building because we obviously want to provide our guests with as much acoustic impact as possible. Whilst it is fair to say that the building is extremely well built, nonetheless we have to remember that it is over 600 years old! So we don’t want to test too much bass in the walls and the frames of the building as ‘bass’ didn’t really exist back then!” he laughs. “But joking aside, a very serious part of our installation process is rigorous external testing to ensure we are getting the best quality sound inside the club, with absolute consideration to the outside world at the same time.”


With all these extra challenges to consider, for Larry and the team, sound quality remains a crucial USP for all their venues and so there was even less room for compromise when specifying the audio installation.


Enter Mike Newman, Sales & Marketing Manager for Void Acoustics who explains more. “When we first discussed the brief with Larry, he made it very clear they were wanting to transfer the template of the high-


“Being familiar


with Void and the aesthetic quality of their products combined with their excellent


spec audio requirement from their flagship venue Studio 338 to Sugar Hut, along with the Ibiza-style theming. So immediately it was clear that Void’s timeless white speakers were going to feature heavily in order to achieve the ‘Ibiza-esque’ feel and ‘wow’ factor to the club which their existing clientele has come to expect from Studio 338.”


audio credentials, it was an easy decision”


Sugar Hut boasts three rooms over two levels surrounding the old horse and carriage courtyard. These are complemented by quirky corridors opening into private VIP rooms on the entire


upper floor level. Each space has its own unique design. The high-end aesthetic of Void Acoustics fixtures perfectly complement the exclusive nature and style of Sugar Hut. “In fact” explains Larry, “because we all love the aesthetics of Void fixtures, we wanted them to be considered a feature of each room design, almost in juxtaposition with the wood beams and historical aspects of the venue. In this way, we were choosing to have the white Void systems stand out in each room as part of the design whilst also satisfying the quality acoustic requirements of each space.”


The long main room has a capacity of around 350 people in normal circumstances, and so the Void system is evenly spaced throughout to ensure smooth audio coverage. The room benefits from better sound proofing than other areas in the venue and so the system here is able to reach levels of around 102db SPL. This is achieved with a specification including 2x Void Acoustics left right Tri Motion with 3x Stasys 218 subs (including one at the rear of the room for a more even coverage of bass). Tri Motion speakers, placed just in front of the DJ booth with an LED wall backdrop lighting them up are a focus of the room. These were chosen to provide continuity with the look and feel of Studio 338 where there is a similar room set-up. Also included in this room are 4x Airten fill speakers fully branded with the Sugar Hut logo and these serve the VIP pocket areas with time-aligned sound completing the room with full surround sound. It’s a room full of impact with a strong image statement and the Void speakers complement this perfectly.


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