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RCF Brings the Heat to Celine Orlando
Edison, New Jersey — When Celine Orlando, the city’s newest entertainment venue, was being built, they knew they could rely on local industry pro, Kevin Clouden, GC Pro’s Business Development Manager to procure a reputable sound system. Clouden has been a top seller of pro audio gear in South Florida for the past several years. Celine’s owners knew Clouden’s expertise would steer them in the right direction—sonically speaking.
Boasting a capacity of nearly 1,000 occupants, Celine Orlando is a multi-faceted entertainment space that hosts live music, corporate events, and private parties. It was created to fill the need for a centrally located, high-end entertainment complex.
Celine Orlando hosts five different spaces: a Speakeasy that takes guests back to the prohibition era, complete with antique furniture, elaborate drink menus, and an attention to detail that separates it from the rest of the venue; the Mezzanine is an elevated viewing area overlooking the main stage of the venue, offering guests the “next level” experience, with a full view of the stage, a private bar and VIP concierge service; the Rooftop Lounge is for hosting smaller events and overlooks the heart of downtown; the Sports Club at Celine is where guests can watch their favorite sporting events and features an additional area to relax and socialize; lastly, the Ballroom features an elevated state-of-the-art stage design, complete with a LED wall, lighting rigs and a top-of- the-line, RCF line array system and subwoofers.
Though the building that houses Celine used to be a nightclub, it was gutted as part of its transformation, and there were initially many options on the table for sound reinforcement. “They were looking to bring in very popular EDM [Electronic Dance Music] DJs,” recalls Clouden. “The who's who of artists that have performed at Celine recently is astounding. Because of the level of talent that they wanted to bring into that venue, everything needed to be high quality and user-friendly, from a tech/spec point of view,” says Clouden. Performers thus far have included DJs Will Clarke, Noizu, Cocodrills and more, and celebrities like basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, frequent the club.
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Because Celine has several rooms, four different solutions were put into the club, with the Symetrix controlling each zone in the entire setup, where each room can send its music to, or receive music from any other room in the club. “Think of a hotel lobby concept where, no matter where you go, you're hearing music,” he says. “We're also using HD 10-A MK4 Active Two-Way Speakers as delays throughout the entire club—in the ceiling; several of them.” The upstairs VIP area, the Rooftop Lounge, which has a patio employs HD 32-A MK4 Active Two-Way Speakers and SUB 8003-AS II Active Subwoofers. “Between the HD 32s and the HD 10s, [the latter of] which are going throughout the entire venue, it feels like you are up front, no matter where you are in the club.” Another benefit of using the Symetrix Prism matrix is safety. A manual switch located in the control booth can shut the system down instantly, allowing for one emergency mic to be distributed everywhere at once.
“Every single speaker in there is RCF—I even wanted to put stuff in their bathrooms,” Clouden admits with a chuckle. “But the system that they have is loud. Romi Mawardi, one of the owners, walked me into the bathroom, opened the door and said, ‘Do you really want to sell me more speakers to put in here?’ I still said ‘Yes,’ even though you could hear the music quite well [laughs].”
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