Flight of Fancy

Background music rarely looked so good.


8 November 2019

Blue Marble Lane is a new bar and eatery within the International Terminal of New Zealand’s Auckland Airport. The premium dining venue is comprised of three main sections: a restaurant, a rotisserie and a bar. With a wide food and beverage offering, travellers can enjoy meals from a world-inspired menu, relax in the sports bar, or watch the skilled chefs at work in the rotisserie kitchen. 

While the restaurant was yet in the design phase, Auckland-based audiovisual company Halogen Audio was commissioned to install a background music system throughout the Blue Marble Lane areas. Four zones of coverage were required, with the ability to control each area independently. Incoming sources into the system included two audio and two video streams. 

The loudspeakers needed to fit a couple of key criteria – Rick Senekal, Director of Halogen Audio, explains: “I was looking for a pendant speaker that was the right size, had the right amount of output, came in a black finish, and from a supplier that had it available.”

Rick chose products from SoundTube and inDesign to deliver the background music solution for Blue Marble Lane.

Halogen Audio: halogenaudio.co.nz
NAS Solutions (Cloud, SoundTube, inDesign): nas.solutions


Doing most of the work are 12 x inDesign EZ P-6020 BK two-way pendant loudspeakers neatly hung in a grid pattern to cover all seating areas across the restaurant, rotisserie and bar. Complementing them are two SoundTube RS1001-i-II 10-inch pendant subwoofers to supply low end extension. All loudspeakers are in a black finish to perfectly match the fittings and detailing of the space. 

Controlling the audio distribution across the venue is just as important as the sound quality. To tackle this, Rick selected a multi-zone digital amplifier from Cloud Electronics. The Cloud CV4205 has four channels of amplification supplying 250W per channel. 

“We used the Cloud digital amplifier to be able to do the volume control in each different area,” explains Rick. “The CV4205 has a matrix mixer vibe to it so we could send different inputs to each output, and digitally select it.”

Three wall-mounted Cloud RL1M-B remote control plates give the venue manager easy control over the volume level in each zone. 

“Installation was easy,” comments Rick. “The equipment did exactly what it said it’s supposed to do. Coverage was perfect. The owners are over the moon with the system and the main client has given me heaps of feedback saying they’re stoked with it as well.”

“I’m very happy with the SoundTube product,” says Rick. “I’ve also since put inDesign in a lot more areas.”


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