Great new Interview in an incredible technology magazine Hii Magazine that just came out today.
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The first designer I spoke with is Craig “Shorty” Bernabeu, who’s best known for his SBS Slammer brand of club sound systems. Shorty has decades of experience building some of the finest club sound systems in the world, building not only the stacks themselves but all the processing and amplifiers as well, and always all analog. His work has also found its way into recording studios around the world, and, according to Shorty, has been used to master albums for artists like Prince. You can hear his work both indoors and outdoors at Nowadays in Queens, New York, which in my humble opinion is the best sounding club in the city.
We spoke with Shorty about his earliest experiences with sound, his process with designing a system, and more.
Coloring Lessons: Hi Shorty! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us, we really appreciate it!
Shorty: Thank you guys for having me!
CL: To start, where are you from and what were your early experiences with music and sound?
S: I’m actually originally from Brooklyn. I grew up on Avenue V and East 15th Street, right by Coney Island Ave.
When I was a teenager I worked in a Hi-Fi shop, in the car stereo division. It was a local shop, not too far from where I lived and I’d constantly go in and bother the staff until they hired me. At first, they had me working in the car shop, sweeping up the wires that were cut from installing the radios. I then started to assist with installing the radios and eventually moved on to sales.
Wonderland is run by Twenty West Partners, who have over 25 years of experience in nightlife and adult entertainment in New Jersey, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The team is led by Creative Director Richie Romero, who is one of the forces behind Nebula nightclub, Hidden Lane, Temakase, Innocent Yesterday and Zazzy’s Pizza.
Wonderland was created and designed by SBS Slammer by SBS Designs. The Hybrid SBS Slammer for Wonderland combines today’s state-of-the-art Class AB Amplification that is completely hand-made to spec by SBS Designs with no off the shelf parts, and offers High end Analog Processing by SBS Slammer & SBS Designs offering the widest frequency response on the market, with the best vintage front end preamp to add full control and unique texture in the voicing of playback, so it provides the sweetest and most musical offering that’s also easy on the ears.
The DJ booth offers high end state-of-the-art Denon hardware with 2 SC6000 media players and x1850 mixer with SBS Modified Italian RCF 2 way monitors powered by a SBS Designs S4 Class A + AB amplifier with 950 watts of pure power to offer the DJs a reference of how the floor sounds to never miss a beat.
The venue was formerly owned by singer and songwriter husband and wife duo Ashford & Simpson and was called 20/20 before morphing into the VIP Room in the mid-90’s and now Wonderland in 2022.
The main stage is the focal point at Wonderland with two 12-foot video LED video walls with mirrored pillars throughout, trace lighting above and a mezzanine to catch the action from any angle.
20 w 20th st NYC
The Big Analog Sound is BACK
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Some footage from international Documentary, Back In The House came out yrs ago.
This Documentary had so many legends that drove the scene / Dance Floors and productions, that I was asked and I Had the honor to speak in about the dance music scene 70s-2000s and sound of nightlife in clubs, from large to small dance floors in NYC