January 09 2016
From the early beginnings in 1991, the primary focus for the Ministry of Sound Club by it's founder Justin Berkmann has always been 'sound'. After spending time in New York, in particularly at the Paradise Garage – a monumental discotheque nightclub during the late 70's and 80's – Berkmann wanted to replicate the Paradise Garage experience in the UK.
Spending months driving around London looking for a venue, Justin eventually stumbled across an old bus garage in Elephant & Castle, the site that is now known as the Ministry of Sound Club.
The criteria for the venue consisted of transport options and near neighbourhoods, as the primary objective of the club was to focus on the sound, while the service and club design were second priorities. Once the venue was found, the task of building the custom-made sound system had begun, basing itself off the Richard Long design that was found in New York's Paradise Garage. At the time, the total cost to build the club set up was at around £750k, with over £500k being spent on the sound alone. Putting the clubs intent out in the open, Ministry of Sound quickly made other venues sound rather basic.
When the Ministry of Sound Club first opened, people thought the founders Justin Berkmann and James Palumbo were crazy for opening a 24-hour club with no alcohol licence. However it wasn't long before word-of-mouth got the better of them and it was an ultimate success, building the world famous clubbing brand that is it today.
Apart from the state of the art sound system, the Ministry of Sounds excellence in sound can also be attributed to the environment that is played in. Known as 'The Box', the room has been acoustically treated to compliment the sound system, providing the ultimate listening experience. To talk specifics, the sound reflections are kept to minimum, while the reverb/delay time is less than a second, overall making everything sound clear and crisp. The Ministry of Sound system is overly powerful, due to the purpose of running successfully under capacity. With over 25,000W of power, the subs are known to run at around 15-20% of it's capacity while, amps run at 30% and higher mids at 60%. This oveall provides a better listening experience – which also reduces damage to the human ear.
The technology of the Ministry of Sound system allows acousticians to make on the spot tweaks to the sound system according to what the DJ is playing.
While you may think that nobody would care about the audio quality at 4am in a heaving club, the sound quality is still highly important for the team at Ministry of Sound club as it impacts the punters' experience. There is no wonder why artists prefer performing at Ministry of Sound and keep coming back throughout their whole careers – irrespective of the genre they play.
Having recently announced the launch of the Ministry of Sound Audio range, the concept behind this is to bring the club to your home by offering a premium quality audio range, which focuses on clarity and quality. The new range is the first of its kind from Ministry of Sound that have been designed from the ground up, with the pure focus of maintaining phenomenal audio quality and durability without simply slapping a MOS sticker on a set of poorly made speakers.
Check out the full Ministry of Sound Audio range here.