82 VENUE - AMERICAS
RECORD ARCHIVE NEW YORK, USA AMERICAS
With a history stretching back more than 40 years, record store, Record Archive, in Rochester, New York has certainly stood the test of time. The store has been reincarnated a number of times, moving locations and expanding in size, but it has been settled at its current home for more than 10 years now. www.mondodr.com
The 13,000 sq ft store - owned by Alayna Alderman and Richard Storms – is a musiclover’s paradise that houses 250,000 records and 1,000s of DVDs, as well as respectable and enduring collections of CDs, cassette tapes, eight-track tapes, and VHS tapes, new and used stereo equipment and novelty gifts. Four years ago, Record Archive decided to go above and beyond being just a music store, opting to offer its customers an event space for live performances. The Backroom Lounge, as it’s known, recently acquired the state’s first record store tavern license and upgraded its audio system in order to bring the venue bang up to date for its 21st century audience a future proofing for the years to come. When it came to specifying brands, the record store stayed close to home with Ashly Audio DSP and amplifiers and Rochester-based Fulcrum Acoustic for loudspeakers and subwoofers. “Our goal is not only to give our patrons a great musical experience, but also to give the musicians who perform at the Backroom Lounge a great experience - and sound quality is obviously a critical part of that,” said Alayna. “Fulcrum Acoustic designed and installed
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