Lío Ibiza enjoys d&b revamp

Lío, a top-end restaurant, cabaret theatre and nightclub and part of the Pacha franchise, has deployed a complete d&b audiotechnik solution throughout the venue in a bid to bring its sound system right up to date.

The popular venue, situated in the heart of Ibiza and booked solid during summer months, was in need of a flexible high-fidelity loudspeaker system that could be configured quickly and easily throughout the evening.

Toni Prats, head of sound at Pacha Ibiza, said, “Our previous loudspeaker system was constantly maxed out in terms of output, making it increasingly unreliable. It was also difficult to adjust the sound pressure levels in different areas of the building based on the flow of people around the club, which is really critical for us.”

In 2014, Pacha made the strategic decision to standardise sound in its venues with technology from d&b audiotechnik. “After testing and shortlisting, d&b came out on top, offering amazing sound quality, global presence, and far better pre- and post-sales support than anyone else,” said Prats.

Most of the design work for the complex installation was done using the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software. “Being able to design the solution on a laptop saved us a lot of time,” added Prats. “With support from d&b engineers, we were able to create a loudspeaker system that optimises sound, both inside and outside on the terrace.”

The Lío sound team was especially impressed by the sound pressure levels delivered by the d&b loudspeakers, designed to be compact and visually unobtrusive. “When we turned the system on, we were amazed. Not only was the sound super clear and crisp, but it was super loud as well. We’ve never needed to use it at full volume,” said Prats.

The system can be accessed and adjusted using the d&b R1 Remote control software, enabling the Lío team to fine tune sound in every zone – at all times. “We created a ‘dinner mode’ AmpPreset where all sound comes from the stage on the terrace,” said Prats. “After the show, we change to the ‘club mode’ AmpPreset, which brings all the sound inside and increases the levels significantly as DJ sessions get underway.”

For venues like Lío, visual appeal is extremely important, as is durability and reliability. “We ordered installation versions of the d&b loudspeakers: white for outside areas, and black inside, which looks very cool. We also went for a weather resistant finish that will protect the equipment in the humid, salty, port-side environment we have here. The d&b equipment has been 100% reliable, and we expect that to continue for years to come.”