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Pacha NYC celebrate New Year with DJ Avicii and Martin Audio system

Ahren Lester
Pacha NYC celebrate New Year with DJ Avicii and Martin Audio system

Legendary nightclub, Pacha New York, celebrated New Year’s Eve with a celebration to remember spread over 3 days with 45,000 attendees which featured world-renowned Swedish DJ, remixer and producer Avicii supported by a Martin Audio system.

The massive night club—which measures 30,000 square feet spread over 4 levels and was founded in 2005—arranged the event at Pier 94 in the city and was attended by over 45,000 party goers who danced to over 60 hours of straight, non-stop house/electronic music from the likes of Victor Calderone, Cazzette, and Boris Benassi as well as Avicii.

Avicii—whose real name is Tim Bergling—was ranked in 2011 as 6th in the rundown of Top 100 DJs compiled by DJ Magazine.

In that same year, Avicii released the immensely popular “Levels” (see video below). “Levels” was a Top 10 single throughout Europe, Australia and the UK. This followed on from his Top 20 debut single, “Bromance”, released in 2010.

Naturally for such a massive event, the sound system—which was installed by Advanced Audio Technology—was equally massive.

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48 Martin Audio W8LC compact three-way line array enclosures were deployed alongside 10 flown Martin Audio WLX subwoofers, 28 ground-stacked Martin Audio WSX subwoofers, 12 Martin Audio WS218X subwoofers and six Martin Audio W8VDQ differential directivity loudspeakers.

All this set up was driven by lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q and PLM 10000Q amplifiers.

“I designed the system to be played at 125dB for a 60 hour run with very little stress on drivers and amplifiers,” explained Jason Ojeda from Advanced Audio Technology who served as FOH for the event. “We’re happy to report that there were no failures. If we needed to get a little more out of the W8LCs at certain points, we had no problems doing that. All of the artists walked into the space and couldn’t believe the Martin Audio rig they were hearing because the detail in the upper frequency range was outstanding.” 

Ojeda was joined by other members of the Advanced Audio Technology team including Angelo Poulos who handled the monitors and system techs Craig Allen, Aaron Kovachik and Jonathan Snyder.

Overall, few could have doubted that the Martin Audio system provided sterling service to the massive event.

“We chose Martin Audio because of its amazing audio detail and rock solid bass,” added Ojeda. “With electronic music playback, you need a ton of bottom end. Between the WSX and flown WLX the street was vibrating all the way down to 42nd St And 11th Avenues. Since the event was on the pier of the West Wide highway and 58th St., I think Martin accomplished that goal for us!”

Tags: Installation, Live Sound, martin audio, lab.gruppen, victor calderone, Festivals, New Year, new york city, pacha new york, cazzette, boris benassi, avicii

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