Tibor Martin, Director of architecture design and technical services
Lighting / Visual Designer:
Toni Prats, Technical Director
Toni Petit, Deputy Technical Director
Mr.Jordi Ferragut, Head of Technical Destino
Project Submitted By:
Pacha’s Destino Resort in Ibiza needed to increase sound quality and volume inside the resort while reducing immissions for nearby neighbours.
Destino chose the d&b GSL System because of its ability to deliver high quality sound with directivity, thanks to its design and full broadband directivity.
The result is an open-air dance floor which enjoys 100dB of pure, directed sound, while outside of the resort’s grounds the immission remains within the legally required limit. This is 9dB more volume than was achieved in 2017, when Destino was working with a d&b J-Series System.
Everything is controlled remotely via d&b R1 software presets and distributed/networked using the d&b DS10 Dante interface.
The GSL8 and GSL12 loudspeakers are acoustically matched and constructed to be mechanically compatible, sharing the same vertical directivity, size, footprint, weight, rigging and driver complement. They are also the same width as the SL-GSUBs, ensuring a clean and symmetrical look.
For the main dancefloor system, Jordi Ferragut, Head of Technical Destino, and his team used d&b NoizCalc software to model the far field noise immission from their new GSL System.
“NoizCalc was a beautiful surprise for us – before we discovered this software, we had done a study about the impact of our sound activity on the residential mountain behind Destino,” Ferragut continues. “NoizCalc has made assessing this much simpler. Now, every year when we send our ‘season project’ to the authorities, it is accompanied with a NoizCalc simulation.”
The GSL8 and GSL12 produce full- broadband directivity control, using a combination of technologies which include cardioid techniques in the lower range. This behaviour rejects energy towards the rear, significantly reducing excitation of the reverberant field, which results in minimized reflections indoors, a superior working environment onstage and lower sound emissions to adjacent areas outdoors.
Perched on a clifftop at Cap Martinet above the resort of Talamanca, Destino is located in a residential area and it was very important not to annoy the nearby residents. For summer season 2018, the resort launched with a brand new, soaring wooden arched stage and half-dome covering, revamped VIP and outdoor dancefloor spaces, and the resort needed to control the levels that they were sending to the audience and to the neighbourhood.
During the day, chilled out music is pumped around the resort; later, the BPM rises and so does the volume.
Destino chose the d&b GSL System because of its ability to deliver high quality sound with directivity, thanks to its design and full broadband directivity control.
The GSL8 and GSL12 loudspeakers, acoustically matched and constructed to be mechanically compatible, sharing the same vertical directivity, size, footprint, weight, rigging and driver complement. They are also the same width as the SL-GSUBs, ensuring a clean and symmetrical look.
Destino can now deliver 100dB of pure, directed sound, while keeping within the legally required limit for the neighbouring areas. This is 9dB more volume than was achieved in 2017.
The new installation at Destino has improved the overall audience experience, as well as improving the environment in the neighbouring areas. The technology used to achieve these results is evolutionary, and not only benefits the audience, but also the artist.
“Ibiza is a reference point for sound and discos and the feedback from clubbers, DJs and promoters to the GSL System at Destino has been extremely positive. Ibiza is a small place and we all know each other. Everybody tries to have the best sound in their venue, and it makes sense to check out the competition – even more so if word spreads that the audience, DJs, technicians and promoters had a good experience there. I often invite our colleagues to come to Destino, have a beer and listen to the new system. A smile on their faces means they can’t hide what they are thinking. At that moment, it’s all about the sound quality.” – Mr.Jordi Ferragut, Head of Technical Destino.