Yesterday we tried out a newly opened club in town. It’s called einsB and not all that new because there’s been a club in the same location for ages. They just changed owners. Personally I haven’t been there since being a fresher as back then the music was too poppy and afterwards the place was too – err – crappy. So we were delighted to hear there are new owners once again, having a night with indie music even, and decided to give it a try.
It’s not a big club but has a rather high ceiling, meaning that it’s not as hot as in other places. Otherwise I thought their decoration still needs to improve, for example by having something like a clearly defined dancefloor so the areas where people dance are more concentrated. They also have one of these strange systems where you just get a little card which they mark the drinks you have on and where you have to pay when leaving. This may be easier for them but I consider it creepy.
And what definitely needs improvement is their sound system. I don’t expect the sound system in a club to sound as good as my stereo at home. Indeed I think it can be argued that such sound systems should be a little bit worse as the odd bit of distortion in the sound makes it feel louder than it actually is and thus gives you the impression of more noise without being as bad for your ears. On the other hand, I also think that the sound system in a club should sound a lot better than the 5 Euro radio in our bathroom. But it didn’t really, which irritated me. I’m not sure whether you can actually make mistakes when setting these things up. It seems pretty foolproof to me. Perhaps it’s got to do with the room and the sound ‘reflecting’ in bad ways? I don’t really know but I thought people who set up such systems do.
The music was fine, though. Not extraordinarily exciting but mostly enjoyable. Which is all I ask for these days. And they projected a Pulp documentary when we arrived. So they can’t be all bad.
After returning home I had an endless discussion with my flatmate Daniel about the university fees which are going to be introduced sooner or later. A messy topic. And while I’m against them, I thought Daniel was against them for the wrong reasons, so we hat a useless discussion until sunrise…
If you run a club but don’t understand audio engineering (speaker placement, damping materials, amplification and equalization gear, etc.) you contract with someone who does, usually.
That’s what I expected… on the other hand I’m not sure that people who run clubs here are actual professional technically and business-wise. (And I’m not sure either that there are that many people experienced in this kind of job around here). In a way that can be sympathetic, I guess. But they should have noticed and fixed this problem.
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