By Daniel Woon
Want to have a dash of retro in the urban concrete jungle of Butterworth? Step inside the latest attraction of Juru Autocity, the Slippery Senorita. This club is a mixture of contemporary design with retro theme decoration. From outside, this hot spot literally stood out like an orange among the apples. Coated in a shade of tangerine orange, this club is a cheerful reminder of the happy and enthusiastic side of life.
Opened in September 2009, this popular spot is the brainchild of three long-time friends. Mr. Mark Siva, the Sound Engineer, is one of the pioneers of the club. Sitting before us, Siva is still as enthusiastic as ever when it comes to his club. “This is actually a sister club. As you know, there is one established Slippery Senorita in Georgetown (Located in the nightclub hotspot, The Garage). After contemplating, we find that Juru Autocity is also a very suitable location for us. That’s why we decided to go ahead with the decision”
Since both clubs are running a different concept (Autocity’s is taking an acoustic live band approach while Garage’s is leaning towards urban R&B beats), serious considerations need to be taken in the sound and audio aspect. “Let me put it this way. For this club (Autocity), I expect a system with clearer definition. We are dealing with live bands and acoustic music; we must have a clear and defined sound system. We really want to bring out the music and the raw energy of live performance. So, in more ways than one, RCF really fulfils all the criteria”
Coverage to the main dance floor is provided by a ceiling mounted FOH system comprising of four NX L23-A line array cabinets in each cluster. A further 4 units of NX S25-A and 2 units of NX S21-A were positioned on each side of the main stage. For processor, Siva opted for a DX4008 4 input and 8 output speaker processor. Two units of FLY BAR NXL23 suspending bar for array system support were also installed.
Besides looking for high definition in sound system, Siva is also vying for reliability. “We want a good system that does what it does best without constant maintenance. We can’t be expecting the system to break down all the time. Good quality consistency is also another key factor in our selection of sound system. Well, we must have certain degree of confidence in our system. In this case, RCF has so far performed splendidly. Plus I must add, this system is definitely value for money. It worth every penny I spend!”
Installed on a complex truss pattern that reminisced the intricate design of a spider web, this whole system proved to be a hit with the club goers. Siva feels that the sound quality is good and it enlivens the whole atmosphere of the club. “Feedback from the crowd has been positive so far. They love the sound quality and the clear definition. For me, I really like the way it brings up the spirits and the energy of the crowd. A bad sound system can drive the crowd away but a good one will make them stay”
NX L23-A active two-way line array NX S21-A bass reflex active subwoofer NX S25-A bass reflex active subwoofer FLY BAR NXL23 suspending bar for NX23 array system DX4008 speaker processor
Installer: Acoustic & Lighting System Sdn. Bhd.