A Look Inside the Hi-Fi Equipment behind Paradise Garage

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While looking up a few things on the internet I ran into this article about the sound system in the Paradise Garage. I’m not sure how many people here are old to have been in the club. It was one of the best sounding system at the time. I remember not leaving until 10am in morning and my ears not ringing. One of the guys working for me had Friday night membership so we got a chance to go a number of time. Given the size of the dance floor, which was huge, it’s amazing so little power was used. Actually at the time High power amps weren’t out yet. One of the links on the button, links to a typewritten AES white paper on the system. I don’t think I’ve seen anything typewritten in so long. Most don’t know how difficult we had it typing papers on a typewriter. As I look back now I see exactly why I did some of the things I did. During the 1980’s because of where I was working, I was luckily, I got into many of the larger clubs. My Top 3 were the Garage, the Palladium and the Limelight. The Limelight I was only in once, a special event part of the New Music Seminar. It was the club with a planetarium dome over the whole dance floor. Studio 54 is up there too, even in the 80’s most still wanted to in. The lightshow was nice and they had that moving bridge. But I alway felt like I missed the real party during its prime.
The next AES convention is in NYC October at the same time as NAB show. They don’t really have DJ level stuff just the more higher end stuff, But definitely a
chance to hear some really great sounding equipment is the demo rooms. I am should be there for one day as my schedule permits.

 

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That's amazing. I've heard the McIntosh amplifiers in action they are probably the sweetest sounding amps I ever heard
 
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The next AES convention is in NYC October at the same time as NAB show. They don’t really have DJ level stuff just the more higher end stuff, But definitely a
chance to hear some really great sounding equipment is the demo rooms. I am should be there for one day as my schedule permits.
Did you make it to the AES show? I rarely miss the show but I was switching jobs that week. I heard it was really small but also very good. I am a former VP of the AES and was on the show planning committee for several past AES shows.
 

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Yes, I was there. Oh boy where do I start. I always try to be positive but the show has become so small that AES & NAB were in the same area were just AES used to fill. I got more out of NAB getting info on remote cameras & online backup space than the AES side. No large demo rooms, zip, none. Only RCF & Meyer had a booth. Meyer had a small demo room for their studio speaker. All the demo rooms and major manufacturers which made it worth going are all gone now. I’m guess they are at NAMM or of LDI. I haven’t been NAMM in about 5 years and LDI since they were last in Orlando so that is a guess. I thinking AES might pull the plug on NY even with the combined NAB & AES. NAB had more floor space than AES. Next conference for me is Harvest in Boston in December, then CES in January. Bryan is trying to figure out which direction he might go when he graduates so CES is a good field trip for him. Also it’s the perks for working with my company.
 

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I doubt AES will pull out of the trade-show biz completely. They need the show revenue to fund their educational program. The feedback from NY was very positive so I can see more exhibitors returning next year. I think the pandemic related trade show weariness will have worn off more by next year. Of course, inflation may replace the pandemic as a show killer.

IMHO it makes sense to partner with NAB in NY and NAMM in CA. I was the business manager for the AES@NAMM events in 2019 and 2020. AES had a small program at NAMM this year but NAMM itself was a fraction of what it used to be. I hope NAMM can rekindle its old glory when the show returns to January in 2024. I walked the entire show this year in less than 4 hours. NAMM made it a lot tougher for the general public to attend this past year. This meant store buyers dealt with less riff-raff but I think exhibitors liked have the end-users present. I think the solution would be to split the show between industry only days and general public days.

I used to enjoy CES quite a bit. However, the 2020 show (pre-pandemic) was almost devoid of audio outside of BT products. All the high-end stuff is gone and the aftermarket automotive market is a shell of its former self. I registered for 2023 but I doubt I will actually go. I no longer have much of a business reason to be there. I just enjoy hanging out with the CTA staff that put on the show. I worked with them for years on standards. However, I am no longer a CTA member.
 

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When I said drop the show I meant just for New York. I’ve been there just about every year for over 20 years so I’ve seen the floor shrink to less than a quarter of its size and all the larger demo rooms are gone. Most of the shrinkage happen before way COVID. Now maybe they’re talking about the education section but I was there one hour before closing the some vendors were already packed and leaving. I am not sure if I will take the trip in next year but I will check Exhibiter list beforehand. Both my wife & daughter work in the NYC so we might meet up later in day. Such a shame.
 

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It is a shame. I wish they still did a west coast show. I think 2016 was the last one. It always felt like a party to me. I couldn't walk 10 feet without running into another friend or customer. NAMM was the same way. These days the ASA (Acoustical Society) or SAE (Automotive Engineering) is more aligned with my work than any AES or NAMM.
 

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Richard Long was the founder for the Richard Long sound system that was installed into the garage and Club Zanzibar. Zanzibar copied the system of the garage. The system in Zanzibar was 9000 watts of power. The garage was more powerful. It was called Paradise Garage because it was actually a big garage. AT&T leased it to the owners. After many years they refused to renew the lease because they wanted the garage back. They never moved the club to a different place.

The garage was the best club ever! No club since then can match what they did in the garage. That Club along with Zanzibar were legendary!. Zanzibar ran 4 Richard Long amps that you could see in a display. Larry Levan was one of the first DJs who turned mixing into a are form. Before then it was a DJ just playing one song after another. No mixing. Too bad they messed things up at Club Zanzibar. If they didn't do the things they did to mess things up it would still be around today.
 

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I never made it into NJ. At that time I was only going into Manhattan. Paradise garage, Studio 54, Xeon, The Loft, The Tunnel, The Fun House, Area, The Saint, The palladium, Copacaban and The Roxy. Each had its own appeal. The Garage was the sound and the music selection, The Saint had the planetarium dome, The Palladium had a crazy sound system but also had the video system made up of banks of moveable TVs, Studio 54 & Xenon was where the radio station had all its parties and where I saw all the artists before they got well known. Yes, the 1980s was really fun. For while I kept a third old car just to drive into the city. Between working with WBLS, going to the New Music Seminar and some connections I never had to pay unless it was a strictly personal night out.
 

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Those clubs back in the late 70's and 80's were when it was fun to go to a club. You didn't worry about a fight breaking out or someone getting shot. People at that time didn't carry weapons to a club. It was a friendly peaceful time where people went out to just dance and have a good time.

Club Zanzibar was a great place to party at back then. Tony Humphreys went to the club one night and it had changed to a hip hop club. People were fighting and the whole bit. So the club got sold out and it turned into a hot mess. The hotel and club finally got torn down. Me and my partner still hate that it's gone. That was the best club ever in Jersey.
 

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Those clubs back in the late 70's and 80's were when it was fun to go to a club. You didn't worry about a fight breaking out or someone getting shot. People at that time didn't carry weapons to a club. It was a friendly peaceful time where people went out to just dance and have a good time.

Club Zanzibar was a great place to party at back then. Tony Humphreys went to the club one night and it had changed to a hip hop club. People were fighting and the whole bit. So the club got sold out and it turned into a hot mess. The hotel and club finally got torn down. Me and my partner still hate that it's gone. That was the best club ever in Jersey.
That’s just your opinion Jersey is a big place with lots of clubs, we all know you don’t travel far from home, I’ve DJed for over 30 years the hot spots and cool clubs change and evolve constantly what’s hot one year can be dead the next
 

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Never ever been to a club where there were any issues. The only exception was at the Palladium where 2 gay guys got into a slap fight, everything lasted maybe 20 seconds. A big security guy swooped in slammed them together and drag them out. Actually kind of funny like something more out of a Laurel and Hardy movie.