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Exclusive: K-array equips Spanish restaurant in Beijing

Exclusive: K-array equips Spanish restaurant in Beijing
K-array Domino-KF212s cover seating areas on the terrace

Exclusive: K-array equips Spanish restaurant in Beijing

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Having honed his hospitality skills in one of Ibiza’s legendary nightclubs, Eduardo Gutierrez knows a thing or two about good sound. So when it came to equipping Migas Mercado, his new Spanish restaurant and music venue in Beijing, he turned to K-array.

A K-array Kobra-KK52 column speaker shares the skyline with the iconic CCTV building
A K-array Kobra-KK52 column speaker shares the skyline with the iconic CCTV building

Migas Mercado recently moved to China World Mall in central Beijing from its previous location. The iconic CCTV building and a skyline of glistening edifices provides the backdrop to a night out at Migas Mercado, which stages al fresco DJ sets on the spacious outdoor terrace from April to October. Indoors, it was important to provide decent SPLs in the bar/restaurant while ensuring that conversation could still flow, and speaker cabinets didn’t overwhelm the décor. Additionally, a raised VIP dining room which doubles as a stage for regular live music nights needed to be suitably equipped.

K-array’s Beijing office provided the venue with four Kobra-KK102 1m column arrays with 16 2-inch neodymium transducers, four K-array Kobra-KK52 50cm column arrays with eight 2-inch transducers, two Rumble-KU212 double 12-inch subs, two Rumble-KU210 double 10-inch subs, two Rumble-KU26 double 6-inch subs. Six Tornado-KT2 2-inch point sources speakers provide extra coverage where needed. The indoor system is powered by Kommander-KA14, -KA4 and -KA84 amplifiers. Outdoors, a further eight KK52s and four KU210s have been teamed up with four Domino-KF212 double 12-inch full range speakers and four Thunder-KMT18P 18-inch subs driven by KA24 and KA84 amps.

K-array Thunder-KMT18P subs in the outdoor DJ area
K-array Thunder-KMT18P subs in the outdoor DJ area

The system has been zoned into four areas for restaurant background music, indoor DJs, terrace DJs and live music from the stage, respectively. Control over the individual zones was accomplished via the use of K-array’s KA24 and KA 84 DSP amplifiers used to power the system. ‘Thanks to the digital processor inside all our amps, so we can easily carry out signal routing as well as adjusting the level and the EQ,’ said Jason Zhou, technical director at K-array China. ‘Outside, the KF212s can provide full range sound in nearfield. It's a traditional design but using neodymium magnetic drivers, so while the cabinet is thin, it's very powerful.’



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