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GUADALAJARA GRILL UPGRADES AUDIO CAPABILITIES

Baldwin Park, CA – May 2008 … Recognized throughout greater Los Angeles as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the area, the Guadalajara Grill offers an extensive menu featuring classic favorites as well as modern adaptations to Mexican culinary tradition. Every bit as fresh and exciting as the menu is the performances by the house Mariachi band. With a décor entirely imported from Guadalajara, this is a restaurant that brings old Mexico right to one’s table. To keep the music lively and evenly distributed throughout the house, the Guadalajara Grill recently upgraded its audio capabilities as part of an extensive facility renovation. Included in the new sound system setup are a sizeable collection of MIPRO, Superlux, and Avlex microphone systems.

To ensure the audio upgrade would deliver the performance characteristics he envisioned, Martin Hernandez, the restaurant’s owner, contracted the services of Los Angeles, CA-based Thunder Lighting & Sound, a design/build firm that handles a wide range of installed sound projects, including sites such as Raging Waters in San Dimas, CA. The restaurant’s physical remodel included a new stage area for the 10-piece Mariachi band, and this new area presented a unique set of challenges, as Brian Crabb, owner of Thunder Lighting & Sound explained.

“As part of the renovation, a gazebo was installed over the new stage,? said Crabb. “To maintain a clean, uncluttered appearance, it was decided we would not have any ground supported equipment on the stage. This meant there would be no subs, no speakers, and no mic stands on the stage. After careful consideration, I decided that a combination of wireless mics and hanging mics would best meet the requirements of this project.?

Crabb ultimately decided to deploy two MIPRO ACT-707HM PLL synthesized handheld microphone transmitters and a MIPRO ACT-707D dual channel receiver for the solo vocalists. Taking advantage of a metal structure running over the stage area, he installed ten Avlex HM81BC-30 black cardioid condenser hanging mics—with five mics in front for acquiring the violins and background vocals, and the other five forming a second row for the trumpets, the guitarrón, and additional vocalists. To reinforce the strumming of the guitar-like vihuela and the acoustic guitar, Crabb selected two Superlux WB-383 clip-on instrument mics. All models are distributed throughout the United States by Kansas City, MO-based Avlex Corporation.

“With the addition of the Avlex HM-BWS foam wind screens,? said Crabb, “the HM81BC-30 mics were a great fit for the job. They pick up the violins really well and provide a full sound for background vocals. The microphone’s cardioid capsule focuses on the pickup area without experiencing any feedback issues from the monitors above. From a visual perspective, I feel the HM81BC-30 mics were precisely the solution we needed to make this installation a success. They’re small and blend in with the black outfits the mariachis wear. In the dim lighting of the restaurant, it’s difficult to see that there are even mics on the stage at all.?

Crabb was equally enthusiastic about the MIPRO wireless equipment. “The restaurant is located next to the freeway and under a cell tower,? notes Crabb, “so there is plenty of potential for RF interference. The old wireless system exhibited ghosting and fadeout problems as well as occasional TV station interference. With so many channels to choose from on the MIPRO system, we found a clear, open frequency and have not had to rescan at all since the original setup. We’ve encountered no dropouts whatsoever. The ACT-707 system for the wireless handhelds was a dramatic upgrade from their old wireless equipment.?

With their new sound system in place since September, Crabb reports everyone at the Guadalajara Grill has been very pleased with the sound quality and the performance of the microphone equipment. This sentiment was echoed by the restaurant’s owner. “Our new system sounds terrific,? says Martin Hernandez. “By using the wireless microphones, the vocalists have more opportunity to engage the audience, and the hanging mics blend seamlessly into the environment. You barely even notice their presence. This is everything I had hoped for and more.?

For additional information about Thunder Sound & Lighting, visit www.thundersound.us.

About Avlex Corporation
Avlex Corporation is a leading supplier of high quality, feature rich, and competitively priced professional audio products. The Avlex, Superlux, and MIPRO brands of microphones, wireless systems, electronics, and accessories are available through independent dealers and contractors nationwide. For additional information on Avlex Corporation, visit the company online at www.avlex.com.

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