Skyloft Albany has taken over the 16,000 square foot performance venue that previously housed Rascals Steakhouse. Owned by the team behind other venues including Skyloft in Laguna Beach, California, the new venture differentiates from Rascals in that the new owners will actually utilize the space as a live sound venue with national touring acts. With the capacity to hold several hundred people, the new owners want to capitalize on The Music Club area which includes a massive stage, main dining area, and three bars. The entertainment venue features state-of-the-art technology with a 20-foot LED Wall Screen, impressive concert lighting and a top of the line ISP Technologies sound system.
The 20,000 Watt RMS Front of House System, consisting of 4 XMAX 218™ Subwoofers, two stereo hangs of the HDL 3112™ High Definitions 3 Way Line Arrays with HDL 118™ High Definition Subwoofers at the top of the hang and a full stage complement of floor wedges, will more than support any national touring act with headroom to spare. To give the rest of the venue and bar areas an actual high fidelity sound experience, the new owners also kept intact the ISP Technologies patented High Definition Distributed Systems™ (HDDS™) gear. The key difference in the HDDS™ gear is sound quality. The HDDS gear runs both audio and power down a single run of CAT6 and each speaker is powered with its own amplifier which actually gives the speakers fidelity, unlike the 70Volt systems typically used. Running the system are the HDDS Master Controls, that can handle up to 6 zones with up to 10 speakers on each run. The system was designed to be installed in stereo, so any seat in the venue will have the ultimate listening experience. A combination of the HDDS SB112 subwoofers, SM800, SM 652, CS651 and HDDS Pendent Speakers were installed throughout the restaurant.
To get the club back up and running, Klondike Sound from Greenfield, MA, was called in to get the system back to full capacity and do an overall tune up of the gear. With over 40 years of experience in both live sound and installation, Skyloft was in good hands. Jason Raboin, one of the principals with Klondike Sound, also purchased four new ISP XMAX 218 subwoofers to replace those that had disappeared before the new owners took possession of the club. Between the expertise of Klondike, and the Made in the USA sound system from ISP Technologies, Skyloft will be a great destination for concerts to rival any venue.