Echuca Workers Club

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A full gear list can be found at the bottom of this case study.

THE VENUE

Established in 1911, the Echuca Workers Club has a long history as a gathering point for Riverina locals. Permanent residence at the current site came in 1922, which was renovated extensively in the 1960s. A further overhaul in 2018 presented opportunity to upgrade audio systems at the same time.

Regional venues rely on knowing that they will be looked after in a timely and friendly manner. Local AV solutions provider Sound and Light Solutions (SLS) had been maintaining the old system at Echuca Workers Club for some time and are also the go-to PA and lighting hire company for events at the venue. SLS Manager Tom Laughlin was invited to talk to Club management about new audio gear. Club General Manager Erin Langman says, “Tom’s been our go-to for years, so we trust him. He always recommends the right stuff.”

Being an established local and already knowing the client made it easier for Tom to pitch confidently to the board. The big clincher was an onsite demo of a few speaker options. When they fired up the SoundTube CM62-EZ-IIs, “the people at the club were astounded at the sound for that price-point.”

THE CHALLENGE

To keep the premises running amidst renovations, the Club plan called for two phases staged over 12 months. Phase one saw pokies and sports bars crammed into one half of the venue while the other half was knocked down and completely rebuilt. This allowed for easy pre-wire ahead of new loudspeaker installations. Phase 2 entailed moving all facilities across to the new wing while the old wing was completely refurbished. After this was done, everything was repositioned to its final resting location and commissioned. This necessitated some double handling but was the only way to keep the Club operating during the overhaul.

The Main Club (phase 1) required 11 audio inputs and 9 outputs. The Function Room (phase 2) called for 11 in and 2 out, also allowing for split or combined room functionality. Easy control and localised volume adjustment were core requirements and remote IP access was a bonus.

Budget was tight throughout and Tom made special effort to get the best value for his client. He has a long relationship with Matt Richardson at NAS and they sat down together to design a system that would meet the Club’s needs and budget.

THE FIX

The free Ashly Remote iPad app is a significant value-add to Ashly’s amplifier range. Ideal for restaurant applications, the GUI is easily themed by adding custom logos, background images or photos to match the branding or aesthetics of the venue. Each named zone has its own fader, meter and source selection for instinctive control in the hands of a staff member – no AV technician required. Finer control can be accessed easily if needed, including preset recall, filter level control, amplifier standby, gain/attenuation and more.

“We worked out that an Ashly system would be perfect,” Tom explains. “It has a networked DSP and a customisable iPad app. It’s easy for users to use – we can set it up how they want it to work.” 

The other big feature was remote access from offsite. “If the Club calls, I can look at it from the office and change settings from there.” SLS services customers over a wide geographical area and this remote access feature saves a huge amount of travel time. 

With the sound routing sorted by two Ashly ne24.24M 12×12 Protea DSPs, Ashly ne8250.10 and ne4250.10 amps were a natural fit to power the SoundTube ceiling speakers. SLS installed 75 CM62-EZ-IIs in various rooms of the main area. Long after the early demo, everyone is still impressed. Tom: “For a full closed back can speaker, the output is quite good.” SLS reused 16 CM42-EZs from an earlier refit in the function room and three Soundtube SM400i-B cabinets cover the outdoor gaming zone. 

THE RESULT

Friday night raffles are a big thing at the club. Opening night was even bigger – Erin reckons “it was massive. It was packed to the rafters and chaos back of house, but the audio was rock solid. The old system was a bit of shambles with dropouts and level dips, but this new one has been great.” 

According to Tom, “With the old system, we couldn’t hear anything.” After the upgrade, “everyone could hear well and there were no complaints anywhere.”

iPad control has been quite a feature. Erin continues: “We’ve got it set up to give us basic controls but not so much we can muck it up. It’s locked down enough to keep us safe but Tom comes in and adds extra features as we need them.”

The Ashly range has worked out well for SLS. “You don’t always need fancy control and all that sort of stuff,” says Tom. “This product is really good for what it is and how you configure it. And that’s why I’ve gone forward and put it in other venues as well.” 

Tom elaborates further: “There are other brands out there that could do a more massive job than what we put in but it’s all about price point.” It seems like everyone found the sweet spot on this job and the Club locals are getting the benefits from the right mix of equipment.

Further information on the full range of brands and products from NAS can be found here.


GEAR LIST & FLOOR PLAN

Ashly ne24.24M DSP Audio Matrix
Networked audio processor
Ethernet and RS-232 interface 
Extensive DSP 
Mic/Line inputs 
Up to 24 channels of audio processing

Ashly ne8250.10 Network Power Amplifier
Eight Channels
Power: 250W/channel @ 4Ω
8 x 250w @ 100v
Low-Z, 25V, 70V and 100V Models
Optional CobraNet, EtherSound, AES/EBU, Mic Preamps
S/N (20 Hz-20 kHz, unweighted): >105dB

Ashly ne4250.10 Network Power Amplifier
Four Channels
Power: 250W/channel @ 4Ω
Low-Z, 25V, 70V and 100V Models
Optional CobraNet, EtherSound, AES/EBU, Mic Preamps
S/N (20 Hz-20 kHz, unweighted): >105dB

SoundTube CM62-EZ-II Ceiling Speaker
6.5-Inch Woofer, 1-Inch Tweeter
Frequency Response: 65Hz – 22kHz
Power: 50W RMS
Max SPL: 107dB @ 1m
Nominal Impedance: 16Ω

SoundTube SM400i-B Cabinet Speaker
4-Inch Woofer, 1-Inch Tweeter
Frequency Response: 97Hz–22kHz
Power: 20W RMS
Max SPL: 95.5dB @ 1m
Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohm

InterM RM-01 Desktop Paging Microphone
Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone
14-Inch Gooseneck
Frequency Response: 100Hz–18kHz
Mic On/Off Switch


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