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Touchwood Automations Invigorates Pune’s Party Scene With CINCO


Outdoor garden area deployed with BenQ MX740 Screen


With growing number of clubs and lounges all over the city, we bring an install story that totally transforms pune’s party scene with its state-of-the-art audio and video installations. PT documents the project.


Named after the Spanish word for 5, Cinco, is Pune’s all-new resto-bar and patisserie that promises to make every experience 5 times better!

An indulgence for all the 5 senses, Cinco has a uniquely vibrant beauty that captivates from the moment one steps in, with the right kind of music to enliven the mood.

With a scenic Al Fresco arrangement and a cozy interior with an island bar and refreshing cocktails, one can soak up the sun and the moon, or party with high spirits until the sun comes out. Maximizing the fun with themed week-nights and action-packed weekends, Cinco is the new party stop in Pune.

Located in the very centre of Pune, Cinco is spread over 8,000 sq. ft. area and is divided in 3 areas i.e. Club Area of 3,000 sq. ft., Outdoor/Garden Area of 3,000 sq. ft. and a closed Patisserie of 600 sq. ft. Rest of the area belongs to the Kitchen, Office, Washrooms and Staff Rooms.

Cinco was launched on 7th June 2019 with an invite only party and was open for public from 12th June 2019.

Cinco’s Management involved Touchwood Automation around October 2018, during the planning and wiring stage to fulfil their audio and video requirements.

Audio Installation

Cinco’s management was very clear in their brief to Touchwood Automations. They needed a combination of Zones, all playing the same music at the same time. While they needed High Volume with DJ Console on a structured platform in one corner of club area, they need Patisserie Music to be mild which could necessitate this area to have an independent Music Selection. Moreover they did not want any speakers to be visible in this area.

They required the Outdoor/Garden Area to be connected with the Club Area and have Live Gigs to be conducted in this area as well. The Active speakers and Stage monitors were to be connected to the Outdoor Installed speakers during the live Gigs.

They needed a different music to be played in the club area during live Gigs in the outdoors, however, when Live Gigs happen in the indoor Club Area, the Outdoor installed speakers needed to be connected to the same.

Indoor club area fitted with Audac PX112 Filler Speakers


For sports viewing they needed 2 projectors in the club area and also needed 2 Television in the Outdoor Area along with an enormous 220” Screen in the Outdoors which could be spotted from a very far distance (Right from the Entrance of The Mills). They also wanted the dance floor that is concentrated between the DJ Console and the Bar Counter to have more High-Volume Levels with Bass than the other areas.

The choices of products were completely entrusted upon Touchwood Automations by the venue owners who gave them the liberty in designing the solutions. The only thing important for the management was the clarity of audio and video, and the ease in handling the system.

Touchwood’s team finalized a combination of Audac products and some third-party controllers and mixers, after a detailed acoustical analysis of the space to meet the venue’s aural requirements.

Inventory List

1. Club Area -

  • Audac FX 3.15 – 2 Nos. (Main Foreground Speakers) – 750 Watts RMS
  • Audac FX 1.18 – 2 Nos. (Main Foreground Bass Cabinets) – 800 Watts RMS
  • Audac PX 112 – 2 Nos. (Used as Fillers in the Club Area) – 300 Watts RMS
  • Audac SMQ-750 – 1 No. (4ch x 750Watts Amplifier) – For Bass Cabinets
  • Audac SMQ-500 – 2 Nos. (4ch x 500Watts Amplifier) – For Foreground Speakers
  • Audac SMA-350 – 1 No. (2ch x 350Watts Amplifier) – For the Fillers

2. Outdoor Area –

  • Audac WX-802 Outdoor Black Speakers – 8 Nos. (IP 55 Rated – 16 Ohms) 70 Watts RMS
  • Audac EPA 254 Amplifier – 1 No. (4ch x 250Watts)

3. Patisserie –

  • Audac CELO 6 – 4 Nos. (High-End Ceiling Speakers of 60 Watts RMS)
  • Audac EPA 104 – 1 No. (4ch x 100Watts Amplifier)

Inventory List

1. Club Area -

  • Epson EB-W05 Projector – 2 Nos.
  • 120” Motorised 16:9 Ratio Screen – 2 Nos.

2. Outdoor/Garden Area –

  • Samsung 49” Digital Signages – 2 Nos.
  • Benq MH740 – 1 No. (Giving 220” Screen Size from a distance of 28 feet with high Lumens)
  • 220” Tab Tension Motorised

Plan:

Touchwood’s team designed the Cabling in a way so as to accommodate any addition of speakers, changes in the woofer placements and changes in the Portable systems for Live Gigs performance. The cabling layout was submitted to the Designers and the agencies and accordingly the cabling was initiated on-site. They used a Kasper Conduit Install cable of 2.5 sq. mm. for the club and outdoor area, whereas the Patisserie is wired with Kasper 1.5 sq. mm. Conduit Install cables. They used over 700 meters of cables to accommodate any further change in the speaker/woofer placements.

The club area is equipped to handle more than 8 speakers and 4 woofers, while the outdoor area is designed to handle 8 speakers.

The DJ was provided with one of the latest Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 Players and DJM-900NXS2 Mixer, along with Yamaha MG10 XU Mixer, whilst the artist would be using the Yamaha MG16XU Mixer for live gigs coupled with Wharfedale Active Speakers.

300 meters of audio cable has been laid down for interconnections between the zones. The main junction of all these cables is the DJ Console area; provisions are made to make any Zone Amplifier location as the main zone.

The foreground speakers used were the most high-end speakers from Audac- theFX 3.15 weighing aroung 50 kgs each and having old-school connections for mid frequency (200 Watts RMS), Low-Mid Frequency (500 Watts RMS) and low frequency (50 Watts RMS).

The combination of these 2 Foreground Speakers played a vital role in filling up the sound in the entire club and the massive 18” Bass Cabinets proved their worth by providing adequate energy to the room. The PX 11 speakers were planned and commissioned towards the end of the room as it needed to act as fillers to the main foreground speakers.

Outdoor area deployed with Audac Speakers


Challenges:

The Installation phase proved to be challenging for Touchwood. Their plan of suspending the huge foregrounds speakers using truss, to ensure better coverage and dispersion at the right angle was objected by the management of the entire complex better known as ‘The Mills’ which is a century old cloth mill by the name of Raja Bahadur Mills next to Pune Railway station, stating that “No product can use the ceiling/truss for its installation.” Although the heights were of 15 ft to 25 ft, the load bearing structure was supported by generation old trusses that were resting on the beam (Height of 14 feet from ground). Now, Touchwood and Cinco faced a massive hurdle in the installation phase as their plan was to deploy the china imported lighting from the ceiling for the bar counter. This delayed their on-site work for more than 2 weeks.

Execution:

They had to revamp the entire design without changing the outcome so Touchwood decided to move the speakers on to the wall.

Restructuring a wall mount that could give them an inclined angle and also hold the weight of 50kgs of one speaker presented a challenge to touchwood Automation.

Getting the frame designed and manufactured was comparatively easy, than the real challenges of installing the frame and placing the speaker in the same. The speakers had to be placed 12 feet high from the floor and with the help of scaffolding it wasn’t easy. It took 4 engineers and installers to lift the speakers and carry it step by step in the frame.

Video Installation:

Whilst the club was coming towards the end, second challenge was to mount the enormous 220” Tab Tension screen in the outdoors at a height of 25 feet from the floor. The screen weighed more than 35kgs and had to be welded to withstand the wind and moisture.

Except for the Benq projector which by the time the project came to an end was discontinued, sourcing of all the other material was not a challenge as the importers of Audac were gracious to hold the material for them. Benq projector was sourced from their industry colleague from Raipur.

The 220” Tab-Tension Motorized Screen, Audac’s top of the line speaker and bass cabinets and Audac’s Outdoor weatherproof speaker are the major highlights of the entire project.

The owners and partners Mr. Varad Patil and Mr. Anshul Shetty were extremely happy and satisfied with the entire setup. “Thanks for taking care of each requirement and completing the space with an amazing sound and great video. The visitors are truly enjoying an amazing experience. You’ve truly fulfilled one of the five senses by delivering a great audio and video solution” commented the partners at Cinco.


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