"McCauley Sound is like extended family, the factory can help me if I have an emergency. They take good care of me."
Sexy sound for the sexy crowd is what Paul Bell of New York-based PBell Sound is famous for. Over the past seven years, world-renowned New York City nightclub owners and their celebrity clientele have moved into the popular Meat Packing District, sophisticated Lower Eastside and booming Midtown. PBell Sound is the system designer and installer of choice for superlative quality among New York’s A-list club owner crowd.
Many ask what it takes to get in with the in crowd. For Paul Bell the answer is simple.
“I have a reputation for being very fair.” says Bell. “At PBell Sound, we believe in providing the finest quality equipment possible. That’s why we use McCauley Sound products so often. McCauley uses high quality products that they sell in a very reasonable price range.”
Bell says that Lotus in the Meat Packing District is the biggest feather in his cap.
“Lotus is a very high-end lounge,” he explains. “It is a very cushy club decorated in maroons and chocolates. The celebrities love it. When P. Diddy and J.Lo were dating he threw her a birthday party at Lotus.”
Lotus is not by means box-shaped. It has lots of private areas, three levels and the owners wanted it to feel like multiple venues in one building.
“Earlier in the evening it’s a restaurant and then is morphs into a lounge and by 1 AM it’s a dance club with people dancing on
Lotus’ restaurant area is on the lowest level and requires a separate sound system because the vibe is more relaxed and mellow.
“With Lotus we designed systems with lots of McCauley speakers, McCauley speakers are everywhere,” says Bell. “The lower level is where the restaurant is located. It has a separate DJ booth for when it becomes more of a lounge later in the evenings.”
While Lotus established itself as one of Manhattan’s premier venues over six years ago, new clubs are being built and new areas are fighting to attract A-listers. Once again Bell’s services are in demand.
“Right now I’m working on Rebel in Midtown just one block away from Madison Square Garden and the Boucarou Lounge on the Lower Eastside,” he confides. “Rebel will hold 600 people tight and we are building an extensive live system using McCauley’s IN.LINE line arrays and SM72 class stage monitors. It will have lots of live music and dancing.
Boucarou Lounge is a high-end lounge and Cabaret with a DJ and small area for live acts. It will have multiple level installs with custom designed McCauley speakers throughout.”
Other high-end New York design and installs on Bell’s roster include South Hampton’s Nelos restaurant where Bell used McCauley enclosures finished in white to keep it glam with the chic Hampton weekender crowd. And Double Seven across the street from Lotus where the feel is leather, leather and
At Double Seven the system was designed to work with interior textures like a suede ceiling, leather coated walls with large hanging glass lamps and tons of dark brown leather seating. Bell used I-design speakers on special order, because he snagged them before they hit the market and gave the club 10,000 watts of potential sound. So much sound, that when they tested for system capacity, some of the large glass lamps shattered. Today they’re using about 1,000 watts on average.
Perhaps Bell’s most unique venue design was for Cain. Cain is an astoundingly beautiful club with interiors heavily inspired by South African culture and landscape. Unfortunately when the club opened, the sound system wasn’t up to par with the décor.
Bell upgraded Cain’s system using AC72’s and iDESIGN ID1.108-64s
“The owners love it,” says Bell. “The entire club including the new sound system was designed around a 13-ton boulder that the owners brought in to be the DJ booth. The whole club was built around that rock. The bar is 1-inch thick, clear glass with Zebra skins underneath and I designed the system so that the sound comes down within 8-10 feet of the bar so people can order drinks and talk without shouting over the music.”
Being in demand isn’t always easy for Bell. “I have to work a lot of odd hours to get these clubs done and make them happy,” he says.
Luckily Bell is well supported.
“McCauley Sound is like extended family,” says Bell. “The factory can help me if I have an emergency. They take good care of me.”