Lab.gruppen and Lake find favour with Flipside (video)20 November 2013
Flipside Sound have chosen Lab.gruppen and Lake for their new line of club sound systems, the first of which has recently been installed in London club, EGG. The brain child of lifelong friends and audio veterans James Cooper and Michael Layton, Flipside was launched two years ago, when Cooper and Layton combined their expertise – one in pro-audio, the other in underground warehouse parties – and decided that the current leaders in the field simply weren’t providing the sound quality that they required. Collaborating with Michael Hurley from Purple Dot, Ian F from Element 5, and Michael Arena from Arena LSD in Australia, Flipside took their initial designs and crafted them into something altogether unique in the professional audio world. “It’s a point source array, so everything can be flown, or it works as a ground stack. But also, it just looks very aggressive. A part of what we tried to do was to bring back the showmanship of dance music sound systems, and we’ve done exactly that,” said Layton.
Flipside Soundsystem choose Lab.gruppen and Lake
“I run systems pretty fucking hard,” added Cooper. “With the Lab.gruppen amps, having that power available there is amazing, and it’s a really clean, transparent sound that comes through them, there’s none of the colouring or tainting that you might get from other amps which don’t have the same kind of dynamic range as Lab.gruppen. The first amps we got were an FP 10000Q and an FP 14000Q, and when we started using them we didn’t really look back. We were won over by them. The sound that came out of them was superb.” Once the amplification was chosen, signal processing was the next step, and with Lake Processing now under the stewardship of Lab.gruppen, Lake’s LM Series was an obvious choice. “We looked at processing, and we had been running another processor and liked that unit, but wanted something that allowed us to be more flexible and also have that kind of clarity that Lake had,” said Layton. “The EGG install runs on three LM 26s and one LM 44 at front of house. Simeon Ludwell, from TC’s AET Group, came down and ran us through how to use it, and I’ve been using it for weeks now and it is just superb. Now I can get what I want out of the system, easily, reliably and safely.” With the team now in the process of building their second complete set of racks and stacks, they are already in discussions to take it to an international level, with a leading European club interested in making it their new in-house PA. The team will also be producing a system for event and venue hire. www.flipside-soundsystem.co.uk www.labgruppen.com