Oct 27, 2004

Music Venues


--For almost 30 years, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in downtown Providence has hosted a veritable “who’s who” of popular musicians on its stage. Now, the venerable live music club has moved into its new home at The Strand, an historic vaudeville theatre on Washington Street, and installed a sound reinforcement system largely comprised of Harman Pro products purchased from Hyde Music in nearby Coventry.

At the helm of the 2,000-capacity venue’s FOH system is a new 48-mono-/4-stereo-channel Soundcraft MH4 mixing console, which complements an existing 40-channel Soundcraft SM12 monitor desk that Lupo’s put in nearly two years ago.

Mike Arruda, who has been Lupo’s production manager for the past nine years, muses on both his history and future with Soundcraft. “My first experience with Soundcraft was using an 800B and 400B back in the early ’80s,” he says. “I always liked them because they were so easy to work on and never gave me any problems. Since then, though, Soundcraft has really come a long way. The MH4 sounds so good; the clarity is absolutely beautiful. And even though there are a lot of nice features on this desk, it is still every bit as simple and user-friendly as those old boards. Even touring engineers that come in to mix on our MH4 for the first time are immediately at home with it. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments on this desk.”

Aside from the new MH4, the venue also purchased a full rack of BSS Audio processing comprised of a FCS-960 dual-mode graphic equalizer, DPR-402 dual compressor/de-esser/limiter, and, most notably, new WHISEWORKS-NTM-filter equipped versions of the Omnidrive Compact Plus (FDS-366T) and Minidrive (FDS-334T) loudspeaker management systems.

Furthermore, a new 16-cabinet JBL VerTec VT4888 rig is being driven by a dozen Crown CTs 2000 and 3000 amplifiers, while four additional Macro-Tech MA-5002VZ amps are also on hand to power eight SR4719X subwoofers.

I was really pleased to go with an all-Harman package for our facilities upgrade,” Arruda adds. “I have a lot of respect for each of these brands and I know Harman’s reputation for good customer support if I ever have questions.”

Club Owner Rich Lupo opened his first Heartbreak Hotel back in 1975. Over the years, his venue has played host to everyone from the Ramones, Talking Heads, Police, and Elvis Costello to Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, James Brown, and Carl Perkins to Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and White Stripes. The musical mix at Lupo’s today remains eclectic, but alternative and pop acts now dominate the lineup, which also includes some occasional blues, world beat, reggae, funk, and jazz.

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