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Case Study: Brewdog Brisbane


Not content with one tap-house in the city, Brewdog have expanded their offering in Brisbane to encompass a beautiful heritage listed building in the up and coming Brunswick Street area near the main train station. This building could not be more different in appearance from their other location in town – the urban utility styled DogTap bar and restaurant overlooking the river by the Gateway Bridge.

Tapdog by the Gateway Bridge

Their latest home in the city is located in Tranberg House, designed for Charles Tranberg by his brother in law, Francis Hall, and constructed in 1928. The Tranbergs had run commercial businesses in and around Brunswick Street from the 1870s, including a fuel depot operating on the site of Tranberg House in the 1910s and early 1920s. The property was constructed during the Valley’s peak period as a commercial hub and was built as an investment property, leased to various tenants.

Brewdog’s new home in Tranberg House

The refit from its previous incarnation as a trio of smaller businesses, encompasses the entire property, over three floors, with a basement, a large first floor mezzanine level and outdoor terracing.

Building plan

Entering via Brunswick Street into the main bar, this area can cater for up to 130 with additional space on the rear terrace/balcony.

Ground floor main bar and doors to terrace
Ground floor plan – bar and patio/terrace

Downstairs there’s the kitchen, staffroom and toilets, plus the expansive beer hall at the rear of the building.  This is an extension behind the original building with a high vaulted roof, tying in with the industrial taproom aesthetic.

View down the taproom
Lower ground floor plans

Upstairs, there’s the level one mezzanine – still a large space in its own right, with room for a further 110, and including its own bar and a smaller balcony that overlooks the rear terrace area.

Level 1 bar
Mezzanine (L1) floor plan

Customer Brief

The installation was undertaken by BSG (Brisbane Sound Group) – specialists in audio but additionally AV installation and sales.

Engaged by Advent Facilities Management to design an in-house PA system for BrewDog, Josiah Kerridge, BSG’s AV Installation Project Manager, explains the requirements:

“We were essentially tasked with finding an audio solution that would fit the budget and desired coverage area while performing effectively and remaining simple for staff to operate.”

He continues: “I was shown the NST Audio processors at Group Technologies last year and I was quite impressed with their capabilities. Given we had a multi-level space that required individual zone control, I decided the VMX88L would be a great option for straightforward audio routing and management.”

The choice of a VMX88L was due to its ability to act as not only a high quality zone mixer, and an audio matrix but also perform as a crossover and speaker management system.  Including powerful features like individual compressors for each input, 8 bands of parametric EQ and up to 1.3 seconds of programmable delay for aligning installed sources plus full crossover filters and two stage limiting on outputs, the VMX88L is an extremely capable tool for integrators and audio professionals.

The processor can be remotely controlled using either D-Net –  NST Audio’s software application – running on either a Windows or Mac laptop, or wirelessly on iPad.

Crucially, once the initial configuration has been designed and implemented (which can also be achieved off-line and downloaded during commissioning on site), hands-off remote control can be simply added via VR1 (or new VR2) remote wall panels. These PoE remotes can be individually configured to offer control of any gain point in the system (from matrix levels to input or output faders), scene recalls, or muting and routing changes.

VR2 was not available for this install as was completed just before VR2 went into production – August 2023

Installation Plan

The input makeup consisted of three Foxtel streaming receivers (with digital audio output which was converted to analogue before the VMX), plus an HDMI audio output from a terrestrial TV source (again, converted externally), plus a background music source (laptop playing Spotify) and a DJ mixer input.  All inputs were used as mono sources.

Josiah commented further on the installation process:
“This was my first time using NST’s VMX88, and honestly, it was very simple to set up and get everything connected on the network. The processor covered all our zones with ease – we have Foxtel streaming and local inputs for background music. This install didn’t require network audio so we were able to use the “L” version of the processor and forego the Dante inputs, which pleased the customer.”

Original installation plans sketch
Neat 8 port unmanaged switch with PoE capability for VR1s

The only additional control infrastructure needed is a small 8 port unmanaged switch to supply PoE for the VR1 remote panels.  8 port is sufficient as this will allow for a connection to the VMX88L, three for the VR1s, one for a computer for configuration, and this leaves the future upgrade possibility for connection to a wireless access point so adjustments may be made to the system via D-Net in situ on each floor, perhaps via an iPad.

The three floors of the venue were further divided into six output zones covering a total of 29 speakers – a mix of the MX801 for larger areas and MX601 for more localised coverage.  Both models are rated up to IP67 and so may be additionally deployed in exposed outdoor areas.

Mezzanine (L1) plans showing VR1 and zones
Ground floor bar install plans showing VR1 and speaker zones
Taproom lower ground floor install plans showing the VR1 and the zones

These inputs and output zones translate directly into the channels used on the VMX88, as can be seen from the channel labelling used on the input and output tabs in the D-Net configuration:

Inputs labelled up for all sources
Outputs labelled as zones

Additionally, the matrix populates controls with the same labels automatically and this tab makes the mix fed to each zone clear and easy to adjust:

Matrix makes it all clear with both inputs and outputs (zones) shown together

Now all the inputs and outputs (or zones) have been configured, the VR1 panels to be used on each floor can be examined in more detail to see how they have been set up.

As mentioned earlier, the VR1 panels can have as many pages of control as required to allow end users to make day-to-day adjustments to the system.  These could be gain controls, preset recalls, selection of input sources, or adjustment of mutes.

In this instance, multiple gain control pages were configured for each panel.

Starting with the VR1 on the lower ground floor, two gain controls have been added to adjust the output zones local to this floor. Note that the control names (so what appears on the screen of the VR1) has been chosen to reflect what the control is doing, not just a copy of the zone name.  This is very useful if the control is actually adjusting multiple gains at the same time.

Output (zone) being adjusted on Lower Ground floor

The remaining controls are adjusting matrix feeds for these zones, so the user can control the relative mix for this floor.

Multiple gains being adjusted on the BGM control

This demonstrates the ability for a single control to adjust more than one gain – in the instance  below, the control is adjusting the matrix gain for both output zones at the same time, but the user sees a single control labelled “BGM”.

Similar configurations are in place for the other two panels on the ground and first floors:  two pages of output/zone level controls, and a further selection of matrix mix controls for those zones together.

Configs for all three VR1s

Note that had there been any gain controls that were common to all three VR1 panels, such as overall input gain for, perhaps, the spare inputs, adjusting these on any panel would automatically be reflected on the other panels readouts in real time.

The VR1s are PoE devices so no wall-wart or external PSU is required and their settings are backed up in flash memory, so the system can be powered down without any risk of loss of configuration settings.


With the VR1s now configured, the set-up is complete.
Josiah added:  “The wall controls are user friendly and simple, plus they look so slick and clean in brushed aluminium.”

Josiah sums up his client’s delight in meeting their needs with the power of NST Audio’s ease-of-use:

“The best part of this job was seeing how satisfied the client was with what we achieved. The pairing of the two brands worked seamlessly and gives BrewDog complete control over their sound without being tricky to operate. The quality and output of the speakers is excellent for their size, and being able to show the staff how easy the control plates are to use was great- it was smiles all-round!”

Opening event – busy bar (customers queued round the block!)

Further Information

Have a look at our VMX88L training video which shows, in just 9 minutes, how to fully configure a unit for a typical installation, including setting up crossovers, labelling and routing, and handy shortcuts to speed up the process.

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Dirtybird CampInn with NST Audio

The Dirtybird record label, founded in 2005, is home to a host of renowned house and techhouse artists from all across the world, including the founder Claude VonStroke and is based in San Francisco. Dirtybird hosted the increasingly popular alternative to their CampOut festival, the CampInn festival – in their own words:

“The communal experience of [a] summer camp, Dirtybird Campout, with a luxury hotel vacation. Instead of splashing in a reservoir, you’re splashing around in a huge swimming pool. And instead of building a DIY campsite with all your friends, you have your own room in the hotel with a shower and full-size bed.”

Great drone shot of the revellers at CampInn.

Hosted at the Wyndam Resort in Orlando. Florida, Dan Cartman from NST managed to get a behind the scenes look at the event last month whilst it was in full swing, courtesy of Jason Rault, of Nomad Sound Systems, based in Miami.

“Whilst we were exhibiting at InfoComm, Jason invited me to come and see what was happening at Wyndam, and it’s not like anything we’ve seen in the UK!”

And they came – partygoers making the most of the pool and the cool audio.
Racks doing the business outside on the Vero pool system.

A Vero system was used outside at the pool and was powered by FFA amplifiers with NST processing throughout (FFA amps with DSP, plus discrete processors). The ballroom system was a large scale “Resolution” system with full NST DSP at its heart.

Dan added “Nomad only got the go-ahead to provide the support for this huge event a few days beforehand, but they swung into action and pulled it all together brilliantly. It was incredibly successful and the audio was impeccable – maybe we will see more of this sort of music event become a thing in Europe!”

Nomad Sound System did an amazing job pulling all the audio together with only the best gear.
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Copenhagen Den Anden Side focus on quality with NST

The famous “Daddy’s Dancehall” in Copenhagen has a history of new wave and punk gigs that reads like a “who’s who” of the 70s and 80s…Blondie, Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop…and then in the 90s, closed.  This shuttered gig mecca has now been given a second life, reopening this month as “Den Anden Side” (“The Other Side”), and brought bang up to date as a dance club focussing on local talent and premium sound.

Underneath the Palads Cinema, lurks a dance club with killer sound.

Featuring NST VMX processing of a four-point F1 system, powered by FFA amplification, we got the tip-off from Mr. James Newmarch, technical manager at Fold London – a club already using exclusively NST processing.  James told us “I was helping out some friends in Copenhagen with building their new venue space. I got them to upgrade their audio infrastructure with NST/FFA.”

James created some HD rack porn (!) with the spec for the system and was happy to share a couple of shots with us.  Nice work, we feel.

16 channels of VMX processing control and protect this epic system.

The club’s reopening on the 4th of November featured the “creme de la creme of house, techno and experimental, as music heroes like Andi Müller and djGEM” according to Soundclub mag, who featured it this month.

Four-point system amp and processing rack – a thing of beauty!

James is delighted with the audio and control of the VMX88s which, in addition to 8 fully processed inputs and outputs, can source and supply audio from a Dante or AES67 network and mix these into the outputs with the analogue audio.

“We’re soon to be kitting out our second and third rooms [at Fold] and more NST is on the shopping list!”

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Tao Beach Audio Flex with NST

“The venue is becoming known as the best sounding system in Vegas and has raised the bar on all venues, not just day clubs.”

The Tao Group don’t do things by halves.  With a portfolio of premium venues encompassing nightclubs, dayclubs and restaurants, combining incredible culinary skills, amazing décor and architecture in all the right locations – the aim is squarely to wow visitors and give them an experience like no other.

Tendai approves of the audio quality.

The company can now offer this high-end entertainment in over 70 locations spanning 20 countries, including Singapore, Dubai, Sydney: Australia, London: England, and a host of stunning venues across the United States.  In Las Vegas alone, we have (and this isn’t an exhaustive list) the OMNIA nightclub, Hakkasan restaurant and nightclub, Marquee dayclub and nightclub, and the 47,000 sq ft of the Tao Beach dayclub – the subject of this impressive audio installation update.

Multiple pools and distinctive Asian flavours – everything is immaculately presented.

The dayclub itself resides within the luxurious Venetian complex, and hosts DJ one-off events and residencies from the likes of Allesso (Sweden), Fisher (Australia) and home-grown talent such as TYGA.  If you want the best DJs and performance, you need the best sound system, and Tao Beach has truly gone high-end British courtesy of an incredible audio install refitting the luxury private cabanas and the pool area with outdoor DJ space.

Private cabanas luxuriate in the same top-end British audio experience (note the sub just at the front!) [image courtesy of]

NST Audio was chosen to provide speaker management and audio processing for the entire refit, encompassing over 175 individual output channels over a fully digital audio networked system, using eleven VMO16 audio matrix processors.

Over 175 outputs of NST DSP take immaculate care of the audio.

The entire system can be controlled and monitored in a variety of ways, from control room PCs to Macs or iPads, or even remote wall panels for very localised adjustments.  Integration with Crestron allows non-technical staff to reconfigure the venue using scene changes via a bespoke touchscreen interface and make live adjustments to area levels and source levels if required.

Crestron control of the system for non-technical users, plus just three of the eleven VMO16s in the system!

Dan Cartman, owner of NST Audio, visited the club this summer and was bowled over by the scale and attention to detail of the entire installation – facilitated by Coherent Distribution based in Chicago and managed by Sound Investment, with Daniel Agne being lead designer and John Stevens handling installation.

“The quality of the install work, and the final outcome is so incredible, it should almost be a showpiece for the guests to see!” he enthused.  “It shows that installation audio can achieve magnificent results, in terms of sound quality and workmanship.”

John Stevens commented on the practicalities of the install, and the final outcome. “We are really proud of the final result at Tao Beach – it was such a pleasure to be creating a cutting-edge system both in terms of technology deployed and performance.  As far as the tech goes, we had multiple rack rooms with processing, control and amplification, and there was something very satisfying about knowing there would be no audio performance losses, especially from FOH, due to the extensive use of Dante.  The venue is becoming known as the best sounding system in Vegas and has raised the bar on all venues, not just day clubs.”

Last word goes to Dan:  “Tao Beach really are true to their word when they say they ‘deliver premium entertainment experiences’ “.

[featured image courtesy of]

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VM-exico…Loto Audio specs NST for Cancún & Tulum installs

Harry’s spectacular waterside outdoor space at this flagship Cancún location.

“The NST VR1 was very useful for the end users to switch inputs from the DJ and live musicians to a background music player.”

Alexander Danielewicz – Loto Audio

Three sizeable installations at three top-class restaurant venues comprising of processing and control by NST Audio:

Harry’s Cancún uses VMX88 processing and and VR1 remote control.  Ilios Cancún uses VMX88 and and Bagatelle Tulum features VMX88 again controlled with VR1 remotes.

Visually stunning and also acoustically useful – the ceiling fabric drapes over the restaurant which transforms into a dancefloor late the evening.

Given the expectation at all three venues for the highest quality audio which can easily switch from pleasing low-level background ambience to high SPL accurate dancefloor in a single system, and be controllable by waiting staff as well as DJs, the combination of  VR1 remote control of VMX processors is perfect.

Read more about this great project at mondo*
Photo credits mondo* dr magazine.