Eighteen months ago, working in conjunction with one of ISP Technologies‘ licensed full service sound contractors, Sound Hill Technologies, ISP Technologies was asked to come in to demonstrate gear for the soon to be renovated Rosa Hart Theater for the Performing Arts. . The Rosa Hart Theater, situated within the Lake Charles Civic Center, has been a foundation in the Lake Charles area for the arts since 1972. With seating for 2050 and having a stage with a 65-foot proscenium x 50-foot depth the Rosa Hart Theater has one of the most versatile stages in the South. The theater hosts‘ speakers, comedians, Broadway plays and musicals, symphonies, national music acts as well as local productions and dance recitals.
Tim Hill, owner of Sound Hill Technologies, came in and after viewing the theater knew he wanted to bring ISP into the bidding process. He also knew he would be up against the major players in the market place: JBL, Meyer, Martin, EAW and EV. “I knew once Theater Manager Denver Kaufman heard ISP he would want it. These new ISP HDL 4215‘s are the best line array boxes I‘ve heard,” said Tim Hill.
For the initial demonstration, ISP Technologies brought down the Reference Line 4215 4-way active line array boxes and the XMAX 212 folded horn subwoofers. The RL 4215‘s, which are a 4-way active line array system, were used for the demo as ISP felt they would be a good representation of what the new large format HDLä (High Definition Line) 4215 design would be. With the 4 high slope audio bands of the 4215 system intermodulation distortion is greatly reduced increasing the mid-range clarity, definition and transient response. The HDL 4215, is ISP Technologies new large format High Definition Line™ 4-way line array speaker series that actually exceeds the previously un-paralleled performance and fidelity of the RL 4215, which ISP has been offering for several years. With a desire to deliver a large format line array that still offered the same outstanding fidelity that ISP has come to be know for, the HDL 4215‘s were conceptualized. ISP is the only manufacturer that is making a true 4-way line array box that is actually a 5-way system when subs are added. All other line array boxes are 2 or 3-way. The XMAX 212 horn loaded subwoofers were also brought in. The ISP Technologies folded horn bass cabinet, must be experienced (and felt) to be believed. Capable of 136 dB peak output (at 1 meter), this exceeds by about 4 dB the output of high quality dual 18 reflex cabinets being driven by 2000 watts, and with lower distortion! The XMAX 212 is designed to be used in groups of 2 or more to get deep bass response.
After hearing a demo, Denver Kaufman had this to say, “In looking for a replacement for an aged and inadequate sound system, we wanted a system that offered outstanding performance. Having heard probably every major sound manufacturer‘s systems, we narrowed what we wanted to a line array. A demo of ISP‘s Line Array just blew the competition away.”
Sidetracked after Hurricane Rita took the roof off, the Rosa Hart project was completed in January 2007. The project consisted of four HDL 4215 high definition line array boxes per side, plus four XMAX 212 folded horn subwoofers and an ISP proprietary Project X 64 channel digital mixer. Sound Hill Technologies installed the line arrays with custom built fly ware fabricated by Tim Hill. The install also required the 4 XMAX 212 subwoofers to be installed in the ceiling panel above the stage. This presented some challenges but nothing Sound Hill couldn‘t handle. As in the Living Stones Church, another joint project, custom fabricating and custom rigging was designed by Tim Hill to insure that the highest quality and safety standards were met. The professionalism of Sound Hill Technologies is top notch and only one of the reasons they are a licensed ISP dealer and contractor.
Denver told ISP that he ran 8 shows the first weekend after the installation was completed and that they went off flawlessly. He summed up his feelings about the system the by saying, “The clarity through out the spectrum was superb. There were no holes or bumps. Being a full 5-way system gave us excellent control over the entire sound in the theater. The ISP HDL 4215‘s and XMAX 212‘s make this system unique in theater sound.
“We can now say we have a World Class System. Thanks Buck, Jon and all the ISP Folks.”
For more information on ISP Technologies HDL 4215‘s, XMAX 212 subwoofers, Project X or any other products, contact ISP Technologies at 248-673-7790, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.isptechnologies.com. For more information on Sound Hill Technologies and the services they provide, contact Sound Hill at 800-373-3969, emailing email@example.com or visiting the website www.soundhillmusic.com.
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