LIVE Ultra Lounge originally opened on April 2014, with the help of Mega Systems Inc it has undergone two different renovations that maximized the Vegas experience in San Antonio, TX. Previously equipped with MEGA-LITE, PR Lighting and RGBlink products; LIVE updated their design and gear to be able to bring the Vegas club scene experience to San Antonio.
Owner Robert Cruzzi kept his unique and distinct vision for LIVE Ultra Lounge’s new renovation. Keeping the Vegas theme in mind, he was able to upgrade his previous design to a much brighter and visual concept. Previously using a 12.5’W x 8.3’H 12D LED panels that were placed behind the DJ, Cruzzi decided to replace them with the MEGA VIEW Phantom Panels 3.9 creating an 18’W x 9’H video wall.
“The way they have changed the ease on these specific panels is a major plus,” Cruzzi said. “They are lightweight and user-friendly and you can see that they were designed for the common guy, which is perfect for my guys working with it.”
The video wall is now situated behind the DJ and adds a vivid, high contrast display due to its black face LED’s. Being front serviceable, it also adds ease of maintenance and the modules can be easily replaced or switched within seconds. Along with this wall, Cruzzi also added a 26’W x 6’H that was placed behind the bar and can be seen from any angle in the club.
“I love the panels they have amazing clarity, before they were pixelated but now I can use these panels for marketing and the audience can see clearer videos,” Cruzzi said. “What gets better is the power usage, I’m using the same 8 breakers to power up twice the amount of panels that I previously had.”
The RGBlink Venus X1 video processor is used to control both video walls. With multiple outputs that accept a wide variety of video signals, the Venus X1 combines true seamless fade-in, fade-out, glitch-free switching to meet the requirements of high-quality video presentations. This allows the guest DJ’s at LIVE to be able to project their own videos and logos onto the wall adding a unique presentation to each one of them and keeping the Vegas look original every night that it’s used.
“It has great visuals and the high-definition is definitely a game changer, it adds to the clarity and vision that I had, it’s something that you can only see in Vegas.”
A chandelier made up of circular truss, lighting fixtures and a giant disco ball hangs above the center of the dance floor and creates a light show that can only be experienced in a Vegas nightclub. Cruzzi added several MEGA-Lite products including four Axis Beam 2R’s that project tight, vibrant and colorful beams all across the club. In addition to that, four Axis 7D5 fixtures were also added to help project a variety of different colors, gobos and prisms adding different visuals to the light show. For additional effects, Cruzzi also included four Axis Beam 7R that produces a powerful beam with the flexibility of being projected to any corner of the club. To complete the look four XS Strobe RGB’s were also hung along the rest of the other fixtures. This particular unit can operate as a wash or strobe and create chases and eye-catching effects, tying the whole lighting design together.
“It all depends on even the little things, from the granite to the personal glasses at each booth, it’s like a real traditional vegas club,” said Cruzzi. “The lights bring the entire vision together, we want to give the people the ultimate VIP Vegas experience and the light show gives us the opportunity do so.”
The grand re-opening was held on New Year’s Eve and drew a packed house once again. Since then, the weekends have been successful as expected and LIVE Ultra Lounge along with the MEGA VIEW, MEGA-Lite and RGBlink products continue to give San Antonio the ultimate VIP experience without the need to travel far.
“I’ve always enjoyed designing and couldn’t have done it without the help of the MEGA crew,” said Cruzzi. “With their advice as to what I could and couldn’t do with their different products, I was able to make my design become a reality.”