Salsa Cafe, Newcastle
This month’s featured install at DACs took a Latin American twist as we visited Newcastle’s finest café and tapas bar, ‘Salsa’.
Recent developments at Salsa, located on
Westgate road in the beating heart of the town's most recent area of
regeneration, have meant that the owners have endeavoured to expand their
capacity and offer an additional room for customers to hire for parties and
events or simply for overflow on busy nights.
With a small to medium sized room of approximately eight by six meters the whole room's audio could be covered adequately with only two speakers which were mounted on custom shelves at ceiling height for best coverage at the furthermost end of the room.
One of the main areas of work at salsa was the installation of three custom wall boxes which allowed for the accommodation of a variety of flexible input options. The main box was installed in a Staff only area and allowed the routing of audio from three separate sources to the main room. With sources selectable from the use of a customer's i-Pod in the room, an in house DJ or the music from the i-Tunes computer located in the downstairs bar, there were plenty of options provided for. The second box was a wall mounted panel box in the main room consisting of a mini jack input and stereo phono inputs with a composite video connector to feed the projector. This meant that a DJ or i-Pod could be located there and be routed to the main speakers, and DVDs and computer presentations could be made with ease. The final box was a DACS custom interface box containing two circuits acting as buffers, boosting the signal by around 12dB from the pre-amplifier that the i-Tunes computer feeds to the upstairs
Overall this system, although simple, is one that allows the venue to have complete control over its audio via only one strategically placed custom switching unit. This is not made possible by expensive off the shelf products but by custom design, tailored specifically for the clients needs. The resultant install is of such a nature that the venue has an entirely boutique and unique system covering all their needs with no costly extras they will never use.