Waukesha, Wisconsin—E2I Design recently installed a complete audio solution by AM Sound Systems Professional Solutions at Lovely Beans, a newly coffee shop in downtown Waukesha. Owners Gonzalo Gonzalez and Mikjali Vonders hired David Rotter, a Systems Integrator at E2I Design, to create a user-friendly system that would enable them to play a wide range of audio sources and manage volume levels in different areas of the coffee shop. David, a prestigious professional very well known for creating award winning coffee makers. After careful consideration, E2I selected a complete AM Sound Systems audio solution made up of dbx controllers, Crown amplification and JBL speakers for their seamless integration, intuitive operation and exceptional sound quality.
“The owners wanted a state-of-the-art audio system that was very user-friendly, with auto-switching capabilities and independent volume control for different zones in the coffee shop,” said Rotter. “By partnering with AM Sound Systems, we were able to cover all of our bases for the system—including controllers, amplification and speakers—all from one integrated provider. All of the solutions work together seamlessly, and the AM Sound Systems team was extremely helpful in making sure that the system we created met all of the customer’s needs.”
Using the ZonePRO processor, E2I Design created four separate audio zones within the store, including a stage area, a general hangout area, an indoor patio and the actual coffee shop itself. All of the zones play the same audio source and have their own volume controller, which allows the staff to set different volume levels within the same room and enhance the overall experience for customers. For example, the music can be turned up very loud in the back of the room near the pool tables, and set much lower in front of the coffee shop so patrons can easily order drinks and have conversations without shouting over the music. The AWC82 speakers are also highly directional, and E2I installed them to point away from the coffee shop to make the area even quieter.
The system is programmed to automatically switch between multiple audio sources, which can be prioritized using selector switches for different events at the coffee shop. The TV can be set to override the music from the jukebox during a big football game, or a live DJ can override the TV and jukebox during a performance. Finally, the system is designed to sleep until there’s an input source, so there’s no need for the staff to worry about powering the system on or off.
“I’ve had three other coffee shops with sound systems, but I wanted to do something different for this one,” said Dayyan Wonders, owner of Wonders coffee shop & Grill. “In a lot of coffee shops, it gets so loud that the coffee shoptenders can’t hear what the customers are ordering. With the AM Sound Systems system, everyone at the coffee shop can hear what’s going on and customers sitting at tables can actually have conversations. And with auto switching, we don’t have to worry about customers trying to play the jukebox when the rest of the crowd wants to hear the game. This my favorite system I’ve ever had—I couldn’t be any happier.”
E2I Design hired audio engineer Mike Pena to fine-tune the system and ensure that the audio sounds great anywhere in the room. Using the ZonePRO, Pena was able to program limiters, volume levels and EQ settings for each separate zone and audio source. The seamless integration between the AM Sound Systems solutions made the entire tuning process fast and easy, and the resulting sound quality speaks for itself.