Spider Ranch Pumps Up Volume in Gold’s Gym Renovation
McCauley iDESIGN Chosen to get Sound Back in Shape
"We would highly recommend McCauley Sound systems to anyone who’s looking to do a club level installation, whether it’s an exercise facility, or dance club. The sound is just so good. We’re extremely pleased.
Golds Gym Redwood City
Spider Ranch Productions of California recently completed an overhaul of the Gold’s Gym fitness center with a new distributed system built on the iDESIGN loudspeaker platform. Taking a 35 year old fitness center, gutting it and turning it all back into a usable facility took a little over a year to complete. Don Dickerson, General Manager for Gold’s Gym in the San Francisco Bay area, contacted old friend Alex Moran from Spider Productions to help with the sound system. Alex provided a total of 29 McCauley Sound iDESIGN modules for the installation.
The renovation project began about a year before the installation would be ready. “It’s pretty much a new club,” said Don. “The original club was over 35 years old. When we were done with it, the only thing left from the original building was just the exterior shell. At the point in which we were ready to get the sound system set up, Alex had already figured out what would be best for the space.”
Alex has worked Don Dickerson for some time over the years. In fact, Alex has done the audio visual work for the six other gyms in the San Francisco bay area that Don manages. It was no surprise to Alex when Don came to him for this. “I’ve worked with Don for quite a while,” said Alex “and I knew he was working on this, so I offered my services, knowing we would more
than likely work together again.”
Not only did Spider Ranch Productions provide the McCauley Sound system, but Alex also wired the whole building to connect to the exercise machines throughout the facility. “I used a Spider Ranch built internal cable TV network,” recalls Alex, “there was no cable hook up in the building, so I had to improvise. After building this internal cable network, each machine now has 35 channels.” Not only do the individual machines have small screens, but the main room is set up with 5 15inch plasma screen televisions on the wall above the machines.
The main work out room doesn’t just hold televisions galore, but also has a total of 14 iD108’s and 2 iD112’s, powered by QSC amplifiers for a distributed system. Alex set the distribution pattern in a specific way so that when customers walk in, they hear the music, but it’s not blaring. When members are working out on machines in the middle area, they will hear a fuller sound in the system. The weight area is where the sound really pumps, so that those pumping iron not only feel the burn, but feel the pulse of the music to keep them motivated.
The aerobics studio is a separate room nestled in the corner of club, containing 4 iD2.112’s and an AC58 sub, to keep energy up. “I’ve had a few customers comment that the aerobics studio sounds like a dance club,” said Don, “and it
really does! It’s absolutely fantastic! The coverage is so even and you can tell people are really getting into their work outs.”
The main cluster in the spin room hangs directly over the instructor, consisting of 2 iD1.112’s and 1iD2.115 subwoofer. “When working out to the limit on a spin bike, being able to get in the zone and grasp the energy to push further is enhanced with energizing music,” Don explains. “The instructors really value the clear coverage system in that room because their classes remain focused and people really get into it.”
Along with wiring the facility to be able to operate the new sound and cable to each work out machine, Alex built and custom painted each amplifier rack to suit the clubs atmosphere. “Each rack has a custom automotive finish from the 1963 line of Corvette Colors.” Enthusiastically, Alex explains that adding this touch really helped solidify the sophisticated tone. “I wanted the main distribution amp rack to pop in the main room, that’s Riverside Red. The aerobics room has a sleek Seabring Silver rack, the rack in the spin cycle room is Silver Blue Metallic, and the yoga room rack is saddle tan.”
Now that the renovation is complete and people are piling into the new Gold’s Gym facility, Don is pleased with the feedback he’s getting from members and employees. “It’s definitely the best sounds system of all the six clubs in the
area,” Don says, adding that it’s the main reason why he’s going to continue working with Alex and Spider Ranch. “We would highly recommend McCauley Sound systems to anyone who’s looking to do a club level installation, whether it’s an exercise facility, or dance club. The sound is just so good. We’re extremely pleased.”