A stint as a disc jockey in college inspired the owner of this newly built 15,000-square-foot log cabin-style home to incorporate a full-fledged DJ booth into the lower level “nightclub.” The booth, which includes professional audio and video mixers, synthesizers and computers, lets the owner craft his own music, while a connection to a Control4 A/V distribution and control system allows him share his mixes and accompanying video with friends and family.
The audience doesn’t even need to be in the dance club to enjoy the show, says Noah Stein, a custom electronics (CE) professional at Smarthomes Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Control4 system delivers music and video chosen by the DJ to every speaker and flat-panel TV in the house—and there are lots of them. Smarthomes Chattanooga installed enough to create 32 individual zones of entertainment. The dance club alone has seven high-def TVs, plus a professional-grade sound system typically reserved for commercial nightclubs.
A 7-inch Contol4 touchpanel recessed into the counter of the DJ booth puts the owner at the helm of his whole-house entertainment. He can share music directly from the DJ booth or pull music and video from a rack of more traditional components including satellite receivers, Blu-ray players and media servers, which are stored neatly together in a utility room. He can display karaoke lyrics from the booth on every TV, or display a combination of karaoke and music videos—all while the music plays through beefy nightclub-style speakers.
Of course, every nightclub needs sensational lighting and special effects. Commercial-grade strobes, disco balls, colored LED lights and other fixtures can be operated via controls in the DJ booth. Operation of the traditional residential lighting is handled via same Control4 touchpanel that commands the audio and video.
With so many options, Smarthomes Chattanooga gave the tech-savvy homeowner access to Control4 programming software (see below) so he can experiment with, modify and design his own effects. He can assign a button on the touchpanel to activate only the disco ball, or also have it pulse the LED lights. “We left that part up to him,” says Stein.
Connections to the rest of the house were the handiwork of the pros at Smarthomes Chattanooga—and with 38 wall-mounted keypads and 15 handheld remotes, control is never far away. From the DJ booth or from any of the touchpanels the homeowner can unlock and lock two exterior doors, open and close the garage doors, and pull up a view of an outdoor surveillance cameras on the screen of any TV. A Russound intercom system lets him talk with visitors at the door from the DJ booth.
Control4 Composer Home Edition
Using the Composer Home Edition software from Control4, the owner of this night-life home can program the routines and commands for the systems in his house to follow. He can create buttons on the Control4 touchpanels that with one touch can set the lights, adjust the thermostat and call up a music playlist. With so many different types of lights in his dance club, having the ability to modify and alter settings without having to call in (and pay for) a custom electronics (CE) pro has been extremely helpful—and fun, says Noah Stein of Smarthomes Chattanooga. The Composer Home Edition retails for $149.
Systems & Equipment
Audio Distribution: Control4
Video Distribution: Knox Video
Systems Design & Installation:
Smarthomes Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tenn., http://www.smarthomeschattanooga.com
Builder: Steven M. Henry Construction, Rossville, Ga.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.