A certified pre-owned (CPO) d&b J-Series loudspeaker system now sits in NEBULA, the new Times Square hot spot, featuring world-renowned and up-and-coming DJs. On a Sunday night, Diplo performed a special set from his new electronic album at this premier nightclub. Technical Arts Group (TAG) of New York and Miami was responsible for the audio and lighting installation in the 11,000-square-foot dual level space. “Moving into mid-town was a bold move but it’s a great fit,” states Yang Gao, owner. “Manhattan needed a large-scale music-driven immersive venue. NEBULA fills that void.”
Selecting the System
The CPO program at d&b emerged from the long-term corporate commitment to voluntarily meet the requirements of effective substantiality. Per a statement, extending the life of a loudspeaker system is a small but powerful way of providing premium audio while helping to protect the natural world. d&b adds that it manufactures CPO systems meticulously to the original factory quality standards and offered with a manufacturer warranty. Gao thus notes that they chose the d&b CPO J-Series as it’s a sustainable solution.
One of the building challenges was gaining the height to fly a PA and lighting grid. For this, the team dug the floor out to approximately four feet. “The J-Series has been a staple product in the audio industry for over a decade,” states John Gonzalez, Technical Arts Group. “We easily achieved the SPL we were looking to hit while maintaining a substantial amount of headroom and still experiencing the warmth that the J-Series has been known for. Regarding the choice of a Certified Pre-owned system, the decision was a no-brainer. We were able to offer a superior and sustainable product to the client, with all the benefits of a new system, but at a reduced price point.”
Smooth, Versatile Audio
NEBULA has a seating/standing capacity of 550 people between the main floor and mezzanine. “The current focus of the audience is Techno and EDM DJs,” adds Gonzalez. He notes that the venue offers hip hop on Tuesdays as well as the use for corporate and private events. “TAG is working with the owners to enhance the stage so they can diversify their offerings for possible live events in the future,” he proclaims.
“As a classically trained musician, I am still amazed with our PA system,” notes Gao. He expresses his enthusiasm on the system’s versatility. “We are running it with every kind of application — hip hop, EDM, house, techno, performances. And it doesn’t matter the application, the system can handle it with ease and the headroom to put my mind at ease. The TAG team did a great job on the initial install and over months, fine-tuned it. I think we are at the perfect spot now,” he concludes.
d&b is a German company that provides professional audio solutions with high-end quality speech and music reproduction. All photos courtesy of NEBULA.