The first of several highly successful joint ventures between restaurateur Mark Fuller and celebrated chef Gary Hollihead, Embassy London has already played host to the likes of Madonna, Princes William and Harry and even Prince himself (the artist as distinct from the heir presumptive) who hired the venue for an exclusive after-show party. With the acquisition of the new Peavey Versarray system, the club has launched Embassy Rock Nights, fast becoming one of the hottest events on the capital's gig circuit.
Versarray was an ideal choice for Embassy London on a number of counts. Firstly, it brings top-end ribbon driver technology to the small-to-medium-sized venue, thus ensuring impeccable professional sound quality; secondly, an efficient mounting system that will support up to four mid-hi modules on top of the sub-bass unit and still allow for full articulation means that you can ground-stack your line array and still benefit from the line array effect. This is a perfect solution for venues like the Embassy club who don't use the system full time and don't want a flown rig. What they do want is to be able to set up and break down with the minimum of fuss. The system can then be stored out of sight when the venue is being used for other purposes such as themed product launches or photo shoots.
Embassy London opted for a system comprising a total of four Versarray 112 mid-hi modules (two per side) featuring a lightweight 12-inch woofer and 4-inch voice coil with a neodymium magnet structure. Two Versarray 218 dual 18-inch ultra-high power vented subwoofers with optional ground-stacking kits complete the line-up. Control comes courtesy of Peavey's VSX speaker management system and amplification from Peavey GPS power amplifiers. Front of House duties are handled by a Peavey 16FX 16-channel mixer featuring Silencer mic preamps which allow for very high gain with low noise and distortion for crystal clear signal reproduction, and finally monitoring is via VSX 48 -managed SP12M passive monitors, powered by CS4080HZ amps.
Since the system was commissioned earlier this year it has already been used for sets from hot new media favourites such as The Electric City, Deadly Rivals and One Toy Soldier as well as pop legends, Incognito along with events including the after-show party for Stereophonics. Its convenient location, celebrity cachet and high quality sound system make the Embassy a natural for bands and managers showcasing to record companies, with the Rock Nights already becoming a must-do date for bands on the London gig circuit.