Zero Gravity, a popular beach club, bar and restaurant on the perimeter of Skydive Dubai, unveiled its expansion earlier this year, including a 39m glass-fronted infinity swimming pool, 800sqft (75sqm) multi-use stage and one of the world’s first permanent installations of L-Acoustics X Series.
For audiovisuals, Dubai-based Delta Solutions installed an L-Acoustics sound system.
“Zero Gravity is the only venue in the extended region to include three L-Acoustics systems – a K2 line source array, an ARCS Wide Constant Curvature Line Source and a new X Series coaxial system,” says Gareth Armstrong, contracts manager at Delta Solutions. “We have installed concert sound which, at the touch of a button, can be transformed into outdoor cinema sound.”
For the main stage, two arrays of six K2 each are hung from pillars to the left and right of the stage; front fill is provided by four X15HiQ; with SB28 subs situated under the stage in an end firing configuration to create a narrow directional beam of low frequencies, avoiding noise pollution to the buildings to the left of the stage and also creating rejection to the rear.
Two further SB28s are positioned under each of four arrays of three ARCS Wide, which hang from the Beach Arch, a second outdoor stage. One left/right system faces towards the main stage, the other towards the beach, this one also being used as delays for the main system.
Four ARCS Wide and one SB18i subwoofer are hung from each of four FX Towers in the pool area, which are aligned with the main K2 system, whilst 24 X12s deliver background music to the bar and beach areas.
The system was designed in L-Acoustics Soundvision and is controlled by LA Network Manager. All three systems can be used at once, allowing Zero Gravity to have the same music across the bar, pool, stage, beach and changing rooms.
Alternatively, the systems can be isolated in the different areas. The outdoor stage has the ability to host concerts or be transformed into an outdoor cinema, with audio being configured into a Dolby 5.1 system for screening movies on the beach, and routing done via a DiGiCo S21, along with Dolby processing.
Peter Owen, regional sales manager at L-Acoustics says: “There are very few clubs in the world that are big enough, both in size and conception, to be able to justify the K2 line array, which is generally used in the world’s most prestigious arenas, tours and music festivals.”