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Sophie Ellis-Bextor debuts EV’s first EVA system

Sophie Ellis-Bextor performs at Club Neo through UK’s first Electro-Voice EVA line array SR system, writes Paul Watson

Sophie Ellis-Bextor was the first artist to perform at Club Neo after the former bingo hall and cinema re-opened as a nightclub boasting the UK’s first Electro-Voice EVA line array SR system. Located in the Somerset town of Yeovil, 1,000-capacity venue Club Neo has recently undergone an acoustic overhaul in the shape of Electro-Voice EVA cabinets and X-Subs to bring it up to scratch as a modern nightclub and venue. The re-modelled building, which dates back to the 1930s, has kept its old neo-Egyptian mouldings from its days as a theatre; and the venue will accommodate live shows, dancing, dining and even conferences. There are now bars, dancefloors and a VIP area with a restaurant. Shuttlesound’s Neal Allen used the new EVADA (EVA Design Assistant) software when configuring the Electro-Voice system, which was then installed by Guildford headquartered Knight Sound & Light. Allen says the 12-metre high ceiling was one of the key factors in its design. “We couldn’t have done it with multiple speakers; with the addition of the EVA-AM Attenuation Modules, we can put the sound exactly where we want it,” Allen reveals. “We can keep the box at zero or tailor it in steps of 3dB attenuation up to 9dB. This means you’re not killing people at the front yet the sound is clear as a bell at the back.” Club Neo’s 6-module arrays are powered by a single EV TG7 amplifier, with a second TG7 to drive the four X-Subs which are built into the bottom of the stage. EV ZX3s are deployed on the stage to provide infill and are powered by an EV CP3000 amplifier. In modern day club installations, there is often a demand from the club owners to make their venues pleasing on the eye as well as the ear; Club Neo’s private owners wanted just that – and were satisfied on both fronts.

“Aesthetically, the EVA system was the best fit with the ambience of the club; and technically, this is just what line array was designed to do.”