Lebanon - Beirut is very much a hub for those from the Gulf state's looking to avoid the heavy summer heat. A coast lined with some quality beaches, more Mediterranean temperatures and an expanding selection of open air nightclubs all help to tempt in an affluent summer set.

Jewel among these clubs is Pier 7, which nestles on a beach side location, overlooking the ocean. Operated by the local Crystal Group, the club has just opened its doors for the five month summer run after a multi-million dollar winter refit, which has included a full Inspired Audio sound system.

Specified in collaboration with Fouad Bechwati from Beirut based 21 dB acoustic consultants, the system included four drops of six Optima 8 array cabinets, combined with eight B215 and eight SB218 all flown from the central truss area. A further four SB218 were ground stacked while the venues stage had a further four Optima 8 cabinets ground stacked on a pair of B215.

The system control and alignment was catered for by networked eFlex Q5 system amplifiers all under direct software control. The system was supplied by Inspired's local dealer Transorient Services under the guidance of Milad Massaad, with technical support from Georges Nasser, who will look after the system through the coming summer.

Inspired Audio's Chris Scott commented,

"Having looked after the sound at Beirut's Music Hall, probably the best known live sound venue in the Middle East for the last few years, it was great to get involved in a dance project and show that array speakers can cross over into dance successfully. We have a very happy acoustician in Fouad from 21 dB, who was a pleasure to work with and have surpassed the expectations of the client Mazen El Zein from the Crystal Group. Pier 7 now has a premium sound to go with its position of Beirut's premium club."