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White Eagle delivers sound and light for Illuminati

White Eagle delivers sound and light for Illuminati

White Eagle delivers sound and light for Illuminati


Gaurav Bakaya and Akhilesh Rao of AGA Hospitality’s latest venture is Illuminati, a bar and supper club that transforms from a restaurant during the day to a bar at night, and becomes a nightclub during the weekend. Arun Karla of White Eagle Entertainment was brought in to design and implement the lighting and sound systems, working alongside interior design firm DesignWorx. The project was managed by Transform Projects.

Triangles play a big part in the venue’s décor, inspired by the secret societies it is named after. This includes the lighting rig, which features a custom, triangle-spangled grid designed to create the illusion of space. Meanwhile, a vertical moving light truss and a rotating truss are juxtaposed to create multiplying effects when the venue operates as a nightclub lounge. This movement of light also helps to camouflage the lighting fixtures when in restaurant mode during the week.

The lighting rig is formed of SLA Sound Light fixtures and systems. This includes 12 SLA 715WZ wash zooms, 12 SLA100B mini beams, and 24 SLA Laser Beams that work together to create a laser curtain. The rig also features four SLA Infinite moving heads, a pair of SLA AH30 RGB 3W lasers and two haze machines, as well as 1,000 of the custom SLA LED triangles that form the grid. Each side of each triangle is approximately 76mm. Completing the lighting setup is an SLA Rotating Truss with SLA 512 DMX controller, a custom nine-foot truss with up and down movement, and 147 triangular LED panels covering the ceiling and VIP area.

‘This installation was challenging and time consuming, yet successful,’ said Mr Kalra. ‘The triangular lights for the custom domes were specially made from acrylic and fitted with an LED that can be seen from both sides, and there are 1,000 of them. Each had to be made and then placed correctly to ensure it could be seen, after which we had to glue them in.’

When it came to designing a sound system, the biggest challenge came from the venue’s large reflective surfaces – decorative mirrors and glass that cover the walls. White Eagle overcame this by designing a system to ensure even dispersion across throughout the Illuminati, while avoiding these surfaces. The sound system installed draws heavily from the Amate Audio catalogue, incorporating four JK15N loudspeakers in the main area, along with a pair of JK18W2 sub bass elements, 10 JK26 speakers and two JK15W subs as surrounds. Four CS6 ceiling speakers provide playback in the bathrooms, while two HD4000 and four HD3200 amplifiers power the speaker setup. An Amate Audio DSP608 system handles system processing and offers control of the audio system.

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