Claiming the largest vinyl selection in the US North East, Record Archive is a music and entertainment destination that also sells CDs and DVDs, gifts and vintage clothing and decor. To support sales and promote new revenue, the venue hosts live music and events in its eclectic Backroom Lounge, which features a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, Velvet Elvis (Velvis) paintings, mid-century modern furniture, a beer and wine bar, and high-performance loudspeakers from Fulcrum Acoustic.
Record Archive opened in Rochester, New York, in 1975. Today, its Backroom Lounge event space requires high-fidelity sound for a variety of acoustic and moderately amplified bands. A recent sound upgrade required compact, efficient loudspeakers to keep the stage area clean and give performers good onstage sound.
‘A major concern in our Backroom Lounge expansion was upgrading its PA which was made up of speakers accumulated over time and stacked on the stage,’ explains Record Archive president Richard Storms. ‘Fulcrum loudspeakers provided the quantum leap in sound quality we required for attracting top regional and national acts, as well as new store customers.’
The simple yet effective system consists of two Fulcrum CX1295 12-inch coaxial loudspeakers whose proprietary design delivers consistent on- and off-axis performance to evenly cover the room’s seating area. On stage, three compact FX896 coaxial vocal monitors allow performers to clearly distinguish their own voice in the midst of others; a capability that helps the performers and minimizes monitor mixing. A Sub118 direct-radiating subwoofer just off stage provides low frequency punch and solid musicality for live, in-store performances.
‘We’ve heard nothing but rave reviews on our new sound system,’ reports Record Archive VP, Alayna Alderman. ‘The Backroom Lounge has been a huge success and Fulcrum’s speakers have helped make it the best sounding room in town.’