Belly Up Aspen employs new sound and lighting setup |

Belly Up Aspen employs new sound and lighting setup

From left, talent buyers Danny and David Goldberg stand with production manager Shane Vetter on the Belly Up Aspen stage Monday.
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Every so often, the equipment at Belly Up Aspen is tweaked so both artists and concert-goers can enjoy the newest technological goodies.

But according to Belly Up talent buyer Danny Goldberg, the latest tweak, which took place May 5 to 7, was more extensive than most. Locals may have noticed the nightclub was closed for three straight days. Work included the addition of a new audio-processing system, video-mapping projectors, a fourth double-18-inch bass sub-box, two new speakers at the smaller bar and near the kitchen and a separate set of side-stage speakers. Club owners also rearranged the lighting system as well as equipment at the front of the house so that the stage team can function better.

“There’s always going to be more toys. There’s always going to be something better than what’s offered right now, just like cars,” Goldberg said. “We wanted to make sure that we are on the top of our game for our summer calendar.”

He said Bassnectar, who performs May 28 and 29, will be a good judge for how far the sound and lighting system has come. Comparing Belly Up to venues that he has visited in Los Angeles, Goldberg said Aspen’s club now employs equipment you wouldn’t normally find in other 450-capacity rooms.

The new Lake processing system, he said, will allow for a cleaner sound at louder volumes. Belly Up was already heavy on bass, but the fourth double-sub box, underneath the stage, will benefit electronic-dance music and DJ shows. Additionally, those sub boxes will now be powered individually, boosting the output of each one, according to production manager Shane Vetter.

The two new speakers, near the bar and the kitchen, will allow for the same sound no matter where you are in the club, Goldberg said. The side-stage speakers are meant to enhance the experience for artists, while the lighting is the most noticeable difference for the average concert-goer, he added.

“When you do stuff to the lights, that’s noticeable to the human eye, and that goes a long way,” Goldberg said. “We rehung all the lighting and repositioned all the lights on the stage, which gives it more depth and dynamic to our light shows. This will help for any kind of show. Whether it’s a reggae show, a rock show, a DJ show, whatever it is, the light show on stage is going to be a lot more dynamic.”

The video-mapping projectors, which produce images on the side-stage speakers, are a first for Belly Up. Goldberg said the new approach is still on trial at Belly Up, but he added that it’s a taste of what’s to come.

Goldberg did not disclose how much was spent on the upgrade.

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