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The Poetry Cafe
After finishing a refurbishment of the venue, The Poetry Cafe found that it was without any sound and was left without audiovisual equipment. The projector and loudspeakers it had been using were ‘clumsy, difficult, unreliable and very unattractive’ for its corporate users. After deciding a new audiovisual system was essential, it did some research online and narrowed it down to a few companies. Having received quotes from all three companies, The Poetry Club choose to work with Flipside. After careful consideration Flipside Soundsystem selected a Yamaha Commercial Audio system comprising the VXS range of loudspeakers and MA Series amplifiers. The VXS5’s in the larger events space downstairs sound great and are compact enough to be unobtrusive, while the tiny VXS3Fs with their smooth lines look perfect on the white washed brick walls of the upstairs café. Yamaha Commercial Audio’s MA amplifiers provide all the inputs needed to deliver a preset system configuration that means all events could be hosted without the need for any mixers or additional equipment to be brought in.
Flipside Soundsystem offer PA and audiovisual installation, as well as support throughout the UK. After years cutting its teeth manufacturing some widely-revered dance music systems and delivering high-profile nightclub installations, it has now moved into the commercial install world, too. Flipside Soundsystem has a small and dedicated team, all united by uncompromisingly high standards and a real desire to, in whatever small way, have a positive impact on the lives of their customers. www.flipside-soundsystem.co.uk
Vibrant and contemporary, the Vinyl Bar sits in the heart of London - one in Soho, one in the West End - the ideal venue for an after-work drink, somewhere to watch live sport or a place to enjoy live music. As the operators undertook a major refurbishments in the venues, the Operations Director, Les Richards, wanted to take the opportunity to upgrade the facilities. The desire was to offer the customers a first class experience. Flipside worked closely with Les and the team to upgrade and develop the sites, including insuring the venues are sound-proofed enough to comply with council regulations. The first task was to upgrade the ground floor at the St Paul’s venue by adding Apart Audio products and upgrading the existing Turbosound in-ceiling system. “I found the Flipside team to be very professional, they delivered the project on time and within budget. The installation was exactly what we wanted. The equipment has performed perfectly and most importantly, my very fussy customers have been happy,” said Les.
Domali Bar & Kitchen
Located in Crystal Palace, London, The Domali Bar & Kitchen has been growing quickly and was in need of an audio system for background music and live music. Flipside was enlisted to help and decided on a Tannoy system. The whole room was covered by four Tannoy VX5.2 loudspeakers and a pair of VSX10BP subwoofers. To make things easy for day-to-day use, Flipside added a basic, single-zone pre amplifier, wall panel controls and local inputs for DJs, mixers and daytime sources, such as iPads and phones. Flipside’s involvement resulted in a seamless, discreet sound system that delivered the quality and versatility the client was looking for. “We were introduced to the project manager and maintained constant contact throughout the refurbishment,” explained James Cooper of Flipside. “We were able to get access during the first fix of the electrics which meant that we were able to lay all the cables in wall cavities and under the floorboards - you can’t see a single piece of conduit anywhere in the space. We were very pleased with the install and the end product is still a point of pride for us.”