A sound and lighting upgrade is certainly an investment, but is it an investment you can afford to do without? Is your old lighting costing you more than if you upgraded to LED fixtures? Are your speakers and subwoofers at the breaking point due to the long hours your sound system is being used on a daily basis? Is there any “wow factor” to your stage or exterior lighting?
Our ED Magazine Special Focus showcases some the top modern sound, lighting and effects products available to club owners, as well as those systems integration and design companies who specialize in the gentlemen’s club industry. Also, our five-question readers’ poll helps explain exactly which aspects of club sound and lighting are most important to club operators today.
Get the “wow factor” with the FireFly digital lightning simulator from Lights Alive
The FireFly FF-351 is one of Lights Alive’s most popular products and it is quite appropriate for gentlemen’s clubs. This is a fully digital lightning simulator with built-in sound. It is triggerable, so a DJ (or anyone designated) can trigger a five-second, 15-second or 30-second burst of thunder and lightning remotely. When combined with our ProLight-400 high-intensity LED lights that were designed for this specific use, there is no more realistic lightning simulator on the market. We generate the thunder, which can be fed to your soundboard or mixer to utilize your existing audio system.
Saving a buck means you sacrifice the built-in sound, so you must supply audio yourself. Lower-priced equipment doesn’t offer their three-year warranty. Skimping now costs more in the long run. Many of Lights Alive products are sold to those that bought inferior products, then turned to them for quality and reliability.
Lights Alive designs and manufactures its products in the United States. They offer a three-year warranty, but all Lights Alive brand products can be serviced at their facility in Indianapolis, even after the warranty has expired. Lights Alive has been in business 13 years and is an Accredited Business with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
For more information, visit lightsalive.com or call (317) 280-3000.
The “Next Generation” of special effects, courtesy of CitcFX
CITCFX consistently is among the special effects industry leaders, creating unique and exciting special effects equipment. CITC continues to amaze even the most jaded of theatrical designers. CITC’s “Cool Stuff That’s Show Tuff!” boasts many “firsts” in its theatrical history.
CITC is credited with many industry firsts, including, biodegradable SnoBiz, which won the award for Best Atmospheric Effect at the LDI show. First to create a theatrical snow machine that made evaporating snow, the Little Blizzard and the patented foam machine, the Super Foam Dome. CITC is also home of the award-winning AquaMax—the first machine to deliver water-based, 100% organic odorless haze—dubbed the “Healthiest Haze in the World”.
Their company was founded in 1987 by inventor and special effects industry veteran, Gary Crawford who for more than 25 years created some of the most memorable special effects for motion pictures (“E.T.”, “2010: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). The majority of their products are also conceived and built in the USA.
CITC’s products are unique in durability, performance and added features included with each unit. CITC fluids are well known for having the least amount of irritation of any similar product on the market today. All of their products are thoroughly tested and all come with a limited warranty. Many products have been designed specifically for the needs of a particular production.
CITC is passionate about delivering the most innovative special effects in the industry and are committed to quality products, high performance fluids and the best customer service. For more information, visit citcfx.com or call (425) 776-4950.
Innovation and automation for your club’s DJ system, courtesy of ShowClub VIP
ShowClub VIP is a non-web-based, innovative operations management system that is readily customized to individual clubs. The strategy behind ShowClub VIP, which was developed over a decade ago, is a management product designed by club owners, for club owners. This automated software system promises to improve costs and accounting inefficiencies.
But there’s so much more to the system than just being an automated DJ. It provides support to management through integrated features that can clock employee hours, store data, collect money, track each entertainer’s performance, and distribute funny money with a unique barcode on each bill to protect against fraud.
For more information on ShowClub VIP, see their cover story in this issue, call (888) 250-4718 or visit ShowClubVIP.com.
DJs and club owners find a one-stop shop with KPODJ
At KPODJ, they offer professional audio and stage lighting equipment and installations. They are happy to either provide wholesale priced gear for the club to install, or handle everything from design to set-up and programming.
Investing in the right audio and lighting will give club owners a direct ROI. Low-quality audio will make guests leave early with a headache. High-quality audio can be tuned for the right vibe and feel of the room, and will always elevate the status of the club. A proper light show will improve guests’ experiences and keep them coming back for more.
KPODJ uses proprietary software to map rooms and scientifically design audio systems, completely free of charge. They pride themselves in offering professional service at the guaranteed best prices in the country. The equipment discounts they offer usually cover the entire cost of installation, programming, and training.
For more information, visit kpodj.com or call (877) 775-7635.
Robot DJs? Not exactly. But CoverJock offers alternatives for live DJs in your club
CoverJock combines a great DJ with automation, offering a sleek and unique way to cover your DJ at your gentlemen’s club. With automated dancer rotation, remote control access, scheduled voice-overs, CoverJock provides an alternative to a live DJ.
One of the new additions to CoverJock is the ability to sign-up up to four DJs to one club. Allocate each DJ a section to make their announcements such as rotation, promos and parades, stage shows and general broadcasts.
With just one screen to control everything, the new design has been made easier and more functional. Packed with features and tools to make things simpler you will be flying around the new system in no time.
Operate up to 12 stages at once with the new multi-stage feature. Allocate dancers to specific stage rotations with show updates when dancers become unavailable.
For more information, visit coverjock.com or call (816) 886-0268.