It was a complete gut and remodel in a historic building site in Ottawa, Ill., that includes a high-end restaurant/bar with a performance space alongside a brewery, adjoining tasting room and private meeting spaces.
The Lone Buffalo restaurant onsite specializes in “slow food” from the brewery’s own farm with a variety of home-crafted beers and has a small stage for local country, classic rock, bluegrass, acoustic reggae and roots artists.
To effectively provide background music for the restaurant, Tim Pickett and the Encompass AV team mounted 12 Martin Audio CDD8 speakers around the walls complemented by two AQ210 subwoofers under the booths. Live performances benefit from a Martin Audio PA system consisting of two flown XD15s and two CSX218F subs above the stage.
“Background music sounds great with very smooth, balanced coverage throughout the room,” says Pickett. “The live system is working well too — super stable, doesn’t feed back and responds well with all kinds of music.”
The tasting room, located next door to the restaurant, is equipped with 10 Martin Audio C6.8T in-ceiling speakers along with two CSX212 subwoofers in the front and back of the space. Upstairs, 12 CDD6 and three CSX212F subs for the restaurant and six CDD6 plus one CSX212F for the private dining room are all mounted in the rafters to provide effective yet visually unobtrusive dispersion of background music.
“It sounds great in both rooms, with plenty of clarity, definition and very smooth, balanced coverage,” Pickett says. The rest of the sound system includes a combination of Lab.Gruppen and Martin Audio amplifiers and Symetrix Radius digital signal processing.
The video system is composed of Philips BDL5530QL and Sony XBR-65X850C displays with a Just Add Power network video system. Tangled Roots partner and managing director Scott Struchen has been more than pleased with the resulting audio performance being delivered to his venue and patrons.
“I’ve been working in the hospitality entertainment business for over 20 years. Starting up a new brewery with a live entertainment venue, I needed to make sure everything was perfect,” he says. “We only use the best companies and equipment. Using this system has created the best music venue experience in the area.”
Pickett notes that the Martin Audio solution offers performance as well as other benefits to be realized by customers such as Tangled Roots. “CDD not only reduces the amount of boxes you need because of the wide dispersion, saving time and money for installs,” he says, “the speaker produces perfectly even coverage patterns without the gaps [speakers employing] horns create when you get closer to the speakers, and that’s a very big deal.”