Harman Professional puts on a show at popular Minneapolis bar and music venue

posted on Saturday, 14th July 2018 by Geny Caloisi

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Systems integrator Alchemy Sound & Vision recently outfitted popular Minneapolis bar and music venue Pourhouse Uptown with a complete networked audio and lighting system by Harman Professional Solutions.

Opened in downtown Minneapolis in 2012, Pourhouse hosts live bands, DJ dance parties and screenings of major sports games. With its recent opening of Pourhouse Uptown, there are now three Pourhouse locations in the Minneapolis area. In order to facilitate a range of entertainment, and ensure consistent performance across all locations, Pourhouse hired Alchemy to install a networked audio and lighting system. The integrator selected a range of JBL speakers, Crown amplification, BSS audio processing and Martin lighting solutions for the project.


“The owners loved the Harman Professional systems we installed at the first two Pourhouse locations, and they specifically asked us to use the same speakers and fixtures,” said Andrew Stewart, Project Lead and Sound System Designer. “The house bands and DJ rotate performances between all three locations, so it’s critical that each system operates the same from venue to venue. As a company, we strive to provide well-thought-out systems with a focus on the user control experience.”

One of the biggest challenges the team faced was distributing powerful sound throughout the venue without disturbing residents in condos above the venue. The Harman system features two JBL PD6322/95  three-way speakers and two JBL STX828S dual 18-inch subwoofers. Alchemy also included six JBL AC299 and four AC895 compact two-way loudspeakers to deliver uniform clarity and coverage to the far side of the room and balcony level.

Crown CDi DriveCore Series, DCi DriveCore Install Series and MacroTech I Series amplifiers supply power to the entire system. Stewart utilised the built-in all-pass filters on the CDi Series amps to match the phase response of the AC299 and AC895 fill speakers to the mains. This combination of speaker selection, placement and tuning provides a focused audio experience for the audience, without bothering  upstairs neighbours.

“The owners wanted big, bold and powerful audio coverage, but not so loud it upsets the residents above the venue,” explained Stewart. “The JBL PD6322/95 speakers allowed us to find a perfect compromise and deliver adequate coverage in a controlled manner; it’s a really great sounding box. We used JBL AC299 speakers as balcony fills, which are rock-solid and provide excellent 90 by 90-degree coverage. I used the Crown CDi DriveCore amplifiers built-in processing to delay and augment the phase reponse of the speakers.”


For stage lighting, Alchemy installed a range of Martin lighting fixtures, including the new RUSH MH 10 Beam FX, to deliver high-intensity lighting on the stage. The team also included a Martin Magnum 2500 Hazer, THRILL Mini Profile and Compact PAR 64 fixtures.

“We were excited to finally get our hands on the new Martin RUSH MH 10 Beam FX fixtures. They’re really unique looking fixtures, so we put them right up front for everyone to see. I love that they can spin a full 360 degrees without stopping." 

Alchemy’s goal was to supply Pourhouse with a completely integrated and networked system that would deliver an optimised audio experience in a wide range of scenarios without requiring a trained technician to operate during all open hours. To achieve this, the installers designed the system around the BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor, to provide  network control over all audio inputs and system volume. This allows Pourhouse staff to  switch between audio signals from satellite radio, the DJ booth or live band stage.

The result is a compelling entertainment space.

A bit about Harman Professional Solutions...

Harman Professional Solutions design and engineer connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide. With leading brands including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel, the company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues  around the world. 

Harman Professional Solutions

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Website: www.harman.com

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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