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L-ACOUSTICS Serves Up Sound Solution For Clowes Memorial Hall Of Butler University

Butler University's newly-restored Clowes Memorial Hall (credit for all photos: Kelley Jordan)

Wright Consulting Associates and Mid-America Sound team up for KARAi install

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — In celebration of its 50th anniversary last fall, Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University’s professional performing arts venue, embarked on a $2M restoration project under the direction of Elise Kushigian, Executive Director, and daily supervision of all 18 contractors by Karen Steele, Director of Operations. The restoration included much-needed updates to its roof, walls, seating, carpet, acoustics and audio enhancement system. The acoustical and audio enhancement portion of the project was spearheaded by David Wright of Indianapolis-based Wright Consulting Associates, Inc. (WCA) who called upon local tour sound provider Mid-America Sound Corporation (MAS) to provide system expertise and, ultimately, the recommendation for a new L-ACOUSTICS KARAi house sound system. more

K2 Becomes NYC’s Newest Flying Superhero

See Factor deploys brand new L-ACOUSTICS system at acoustically challenging Javits Center for worldwide premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past

NEW YORK CITY — For the launch of the summer blockbuster film X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox staged its worldwide premiere at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on midtown Manhattan’s west side.

The debut of the $200-million-plus film, attended by Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and other stars, was a huge event filling a hall inside the cavernous Javits Center and illuminating a 75-foot-wide screen hung on the hall’s north wall. The showing also had to be able to reproduce the film’s bombastic 5.1 surround soundtrack, but the Javits is no cinema; the same huge floor-to-ceiling glass wall that offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and New Jersey can also create uncontrollable aural reflections that would turn the hall into an acoustical nightmare.

Event producer Samantha Sackler Productions tapped NYC-based See Factor Industry, its longtime collaborator on east coast events and movie premieres, who called upon the sonic equivalent of a superhero: L-ACOUSTICS’ K2, a lightweight, high-powered, full-range line source array system that made its official debut earlier this year. For the X-Men premiere, the AV specialist deployed 24 K2, 12 SB28 subs and 16 coaxial 115XT HiQ wedges, all powered and processed by L-ACOUSTICS’ LA8 amplified controllers. See Factor also provided all lighting, rigging and management services for the event. more

A United ‘Console’ Kingdom

DiGiCo, Allen & Heath and Calrec announce the formation of a new ProAudio Group

The DiGiCo team has spent the last 18 months consulting with Electra Partners about the possible combination of both Allen & Heath and Calrec with the DiGiCo family. The culmination of this brings together three British console companies to create a new professional audio group, while retaining their unique skills, customer relationships and the identities of each brand.

James Gordon will become Group CEO supported by a strong and talented management from across the new group. When asked about what this means for the future, James said:

“We have bold plans for the group but it is imperative that each company maintains its own independence and style. None of these brands needs to trade off each other’s technology or reputation.”

“These are three great companies and all the brands currently in the group have enviable reputations for technology, audio quality, reliability and perhaps, most importantly, customer focus and care. The strategy is to share technology and resource across the group and allow some interconnectivity across the product lines.”

“The combined R&D teams are about to enter a new world of possibilities and we intend to take full advantage of their resource, passion and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.” more

Thunder Audio Rolls and Roars with L-ACOUSTICS

Thunder Audio's Tony Villarreal (left) and Paul Owen with a few of their new L-ACOUSTICS K1 enclosures

Detroit/Nashville sound company purchases K1 system after taking K2 on Vampire Weekend tour

LIVONIA, Michigan — After putting a new K2 loudspeaker system through its paces – including a recent trek on Vampire Weekend’s North American tour leg – Thunder Audio, Inc. has expanded its inventory with a large-format K1 system from L-ACOUSTICS.

According to Thunder Audio Business Development Manager Greg Snyder, the company is currently taking delivery of 48 K1 enclosures, as well as bringing the rest of its total L-ACOUSTICS inventory up to 36 K2 and 24 KARA elements, 18 K1-SB and 34 SB28 subs, six ARCS II and 22 LA-RAK, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers. An additional 48 K2 are also on order for the first quarter of 2015.

“K1 has become the industry’s first choice for live audio reinforcement systems, but K2 is the reason we finally became a member of the L-ACOUSTICS family,” says Snyder. “It’s a stellar system for arena tours, like Vampire Weekend, as well as the perfect support box for K1 on larger stadium and festival shows. We are thrilled with the linearity in performance across L-ACOUSTICS’ entire product range and excited about the solutions that these systems will provide for our clients.”

Vampire Weekend performing on Thunder Audio's K2 system in Chicago

Client response has, indeed, been very favorable. Neil Heal, Vampire Weekend’s FOH engineer since late-2007, commented on his use of Thunder Audio’s K2 rig. “The typical configuration on our most recent American tour leg was left and right arrays of 14 K2, plus eight KARA outfills and four SB28 per side, all of which sounded fantastic. It seemed odd to be using so few subs, but more than that would have been overkill with K2, which is such a full range enclosure with a really nice usable low end. Vampire Weekend’s mix is all about vocal and instrumental clarity, and I could literally run the rig without subs in most arenas, but having just a few of them more than adequately filled out the low end.”

“We used K2 both indoors and outdoors, with arrays ranging between eight and 14 boxes per side, and I’m very impressed with the sonic consistency we got from night to night,” he continues. “K2′s ‘steerability’ with Panflex is also really nice in the event that Jonny [Winkler, Thunder Audio FOH systems engineer] had to hang the arrays near a glass wall or whatever; we could aim the top end away from it, which is great.”

Thunder Audio’s Winkler appreciates not only the fidelity of K2, but also the ease with which the system flies and strikes. “We flew the rig so fast each day that the lighting guys and carpenters were angry with me,” he laughs. “It takes longer to get the pins pre-set than it does to fly it, and that doesn’t even take that long. We have several other manufacturer’s boxes in our inventory here at Thunder Audio, and this is by far the fastest and easiest. I’ve flown an entire K2 rig totally by myself in less than four hours.”

Vampire Weekend heard via L-ACOUSTICS K2 at Chicago's UIC Pavilion

As for Heal, his only regret is that he didn’t have the system earlier. “The band was out on the road for 17 months and carried another PA for most of the tour because K2 simply didn’t exist when we started,” he says. “But I really prefer K2. It’s awesome. I’d love to have it every night, without a doubt. But it’ll be available on the next tour, and I’ll certainly take it out again. Plus, our festival stops this summer are on K1 mains with K2 outfills, which is just perfect.”

Thunder Audio Vice President Paul Owen sums up his investments by adding, “This was a huge undertaking by Tony [Villarreal, President] and I, and we had to take a lot into consideration before moving forward with K1 and K2: popularity, demand and, of course, availability. K1 is the first choice on the majority of riders that we handle and the predominant system when it comes to festivals. There’s no denying its sheer power and quality. We feel that K1 and K2 are our best venture to date for attracting new customers and facilitating old ones, and we’re very excited for what these systems can do for our clients and company’s future.”

For more info on Thunder Audio, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for North America is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, California.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

Avolites Lights Up The Strip at South Point Hotel and Casino

Joey Juliano creates a visual mix on the Avolites Sapphire Touch for South Point's showroom

LAS VEGAS — If there’s a word that characterizes Las Vegas, it’s “spectacle,” something that South Point Hotel and Casino on the south end of The Strip has in spades, especially now that the property has recently added three Avolites products to illuminate its live entertainment offerings.

On weekends, South Point hosts national artists ranging from Tower of Power to Tony Orlando, in addition to a wide variety of regional acts. With its 4,600-seat arena and 400-seat showroom, plus convention hall, the resort’s crews are lighting acts six or seven days a week – often with multiple shows on the same day and going into the wee hours for nightclub bands.

For South Point’s production team, the investment in Avolites’ Sapphire Touch lighting control console for the showroom, Tiger Touch II for the convention facility and original Tiger Touch for a portable rig that does arena and pool shows was a “no-brainer,” according to Jason Lein, the casino’s production manager.

When asked about what specific factors helped the venue choose Avolites products, Lein responds succinctly: “Powerful consoles for a fraction of the price of their competitors with the same capabilities if not more power.”

The desks were sold and installed by Kelly Koster at Blue Planet Lighting Inc., founded in 2008, a leading provider of entertainment stage lighting gear and services with offices located in Hollister, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada.

South Point's Jason Lein (left) and Joey Juliano stand behind Avolites' flagship product

The gear’s flexibility and ease of use are major selling points for Joey Juliano, South Point’s entertainment lead LD, who cites the “awesomeness” of Avolites’ Cue Stacking for South Point’s big production shows and the consoles’ general plug-and-play operation. “The first time the audience sees our shows is the first time I see the show. With an ‘Avo’ I can make the show look like I’ve seen it a million times.”

Juliano learned stage lighting from Group One Limited’s (Avolites’ US distributor) Brad White on an Avolites Diamond III console eight years ago. “I have been lucky enough to be able to progress my lighting designs with each new Avolites console that is produced without having to take any more classes. They have kept their language the same through all their upgrades in their consoles, which is very smart.”

Two Avolites console functions that Juliano finds integral to his job in achieving his lighting design goals are Fixture Overlap and Fixture Exchange. “The Pixel Mapper is so addicting and super powerful as well,” he says. The coolest new function that I use literally all the time is being able to steal any aspect of a previous show and drop it into my current show, like cues, palettes, shapes, etc. The consoles also handle our media server in a plug-and-play manner.”

South Point’s Jason Lein notes that equipment features are important, but so is servicing from whom sold it, and he doesn’t take for granted the casino’s relationship with Blue Planet Lighting.

“When we decide on a product to purchase, the support that is behind it is just as important as the product and its capabilities,” he says. “Kelly Koster at Blue Planet and Brad White at Group One have shown that Avolites has a perfect balance of great products with the right support systems behind them.”

South Point Hotel and Casino can be found online at www.southpointcasino.com, while Blue Planet Lighting’s home on the Web is located at www.blueplanetlighting.com.

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, ElektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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Contact:
Avolites U.S. / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 516.249.1399 / Fax: 516.249.8870
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.g1limited.com / www.avolites.com

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XTA Launches New APA Series at InfoComm 2014

The first model, the APA-4E8, set to be unveiled on Group One Ltd. stand C11336

LAS VEGAS – June 2014 – Group One Ltd. stand C11336 — XTA is proud to be debuting the APA series – short for Adaptive Processing Amplification – at this year’s InfoComm show. APA’s new power and DSP platforms have been designed to interact intelligently and adapt to prevailing conditions, protecting drivers and significantly enhancing performance from all speaker systems.

By including studio-quality analog-to-digital converters at the outputs as well as the inputs, real-time audio currents and voltages presented at the speaker terminals can be fed back into the DSP in addition to processing the incoming audio, allowing the amplifier to adapt and correct its performance continuously. The tight coupling of the power supply’s behavior through real-time monitoring of the mains supply, as well as over ten temperature sense points, means that the amplifier can adjust its power consumption and output drive to ensure that maximum permissible power is always available.

“We have included the same A-to-D converters that we use in the DS8000D [XTA's Audio Distribution System], which allows us to monitor the outgoing audio voltages and currents to the same degree of accuracy as we do when digitizing incoming analog audio prior to processing,” notes XTA Technical Director John Austin. “These outgoing signals can then be fed back into the DSP [responsible for all the user adjustable EQ and protection] so that it can make adjustments to ensure that any connected speaker driver is being utilized to the best of its abilities, without undue stress to the driver, or the amp for that matter.”

The Class D amplifier design, combined with a highly efficient power supply and generous energy storage reservoirs result in an amplifier that not only is better at converting input mains power into output speaker power with less wasted heat (system efficiency is 80%), but is also able to offer better sustained peak power at low frequencies – where you need it most. A quick start mode, and an ultra low power stand-by mode (with a power consumption of under 0.75W) mean reduced running costs in all circumstances.

According to XTA Technical Brand Manager Waring Hayes, “It’s not so difficult to add a DSP module to an existing amplifier design in the form of a plug-in card, but to provide the level of monitoring and feedback within the amplifier that we wanted – that took a little longer!”

The first model – the APA-4E8 – features four channels of power totaling 20kW peak output into four ohms, and continuous power available of 3400W per channel into four ohms. Four audio inputs allow all four amplifier channels to be individually utilized if required with a full suite of XTA’s world-renowned DSP, including dynamic EQ, FIR (and phase linearization) and classic IIR filtering, mix matrix and the manufacturer’s famously transparent limiters and soft knee compressors.

“What with all the feedback from the PSU and mains monitoring and all the temperature sensors everywhere, the DSP really is at the center of things in the amplifier, and far from being bolted on to the front end – it’s more an engine management system than a speaker management system,” Hayes points out.

The APA-4E8 can route audio from analog, AES or network sources with automatic fallback. USB and internal SD cards offer additional audio choices for playback of emergency evacuation messages, and quick upload of presets or download of performance logging data. The APA series also includes extensive GPIO and remote control covered by Ethernet, USB and RS485.

Housed in a 2U chassis and weighing 28.2 pounds (12.8 kg), the APA-4E8 sports an elegant front panel interface with a large color LCD, which, in combination with innovative user selectable metrics and tricolor multimode panel metering, offers reassuring feedback of the amplifier status from any distance.

New remote software written to run natively on both the Windows and Mac platforms is available and operable via an Ethernet or USB connection.

Hayes sums up by adding, “Ultimately, what counts can be distilled down to sound quality, power delivery, reliability, usability, flexibility and blue front-panel-ability!”

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, ElektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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Contact:
XTA / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 516.249.1399 / Fax: 516.249.8870
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.g1limited.com / www.xta.co.uk

PRG Calls K2 Into Active Duty for National Memorial Day Concert

PRG's initial deployment for K2 was at the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (photo credits: Alan Henig)

Two complete L-ACOUSTICS rigs purchased, one immediately deployed at 25th annual event on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leading entertainment and event production services provider Production Resource Group (PRG) has officially begun upgrading to L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 platform with the purchase of two complete line source array systems. Delivered in mid-May, the sale comprised a total of 48 K2 enclosures and 24 LA8 amplified controllers.

PRG’s inaugural K2 deployment came almost immediately – two dozen enclosures were put into active duty for the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, attended by countless spectators on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 26. This year’s event, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, featured an all-star lineup of performers, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, the U.S. Army Chorus and Air Force Singing Sergeants.

One of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 arrays

Having supported this annual holiday event for over two decades now, PRG’s new K2 rig replaces the call for V-DOSC used in years past. “PRG has been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 system and it went right to work at the Capitol for Memorial Day,” says Randy Hutson, GM of PRG Chicago and vice president of PRG Audio. “We’ve been looking for a speaker system that is versatile yet meets the needs of our most demanding clients and L-ACOUSTICS has delivered with the K2. It is a high-powered, full-range speaker that weighs less, has a small footprint, offers excellent audience coverage with superb audio qualities and can easily support multiple markets, from music concerts to corporate events.”

“The K2 gives us more reach into large-scale venues, such as arenas and stadiums, but does so at significantly reduced weight without sacrificing power,” says Mark Boettcher, project manager at the Memorial Day event and a senior engineer at PRG. “At the same time, its lighter weight means it can go into venues like ballrooms and expo centers that have a lower-load rigging capacity.

“Also, the K2 enclosures have the same width as the L-ACOUSTICS K1, so it has complete rigging compatibility with K1 and K1-SB enclosures. That allows us to use K2 for downfill on K1 arrays. And all of that has significant economic implications, making the K2 extremely cost-effective. There’s just so much in the way of flexibility with the system.”

At the National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol’s massive West Lawn, the K2 rig was configured in left and right hangs of 12 enclosures each. These were flown from towers, also used for fixed and moving lighting fixtures, positioned 105 feet downstage of the stage deck. Eight SB28 subs deployed in an end-fire array configuration provided the low-end reinforcement, while 16 coaxial 12XT wedges served as stage monitors. Thirteen LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers, furnished power and processing for the entire system.

In addition to the K2s, the project also used a total of 24 ARCS II systems – two hangs of five each for the invited-guest main stage, two more hangs of five for the reverse satellite stage, and two hangs of two each flanking the K2 arrays for wide horizontal coverage. Twenty-four dV-DOSC speakers, in four stacks of six enclosures each coupled with a single SB28 sub, provided delay while two more stacks of four dV-DOSC were used as guest area fills positioned on a tower on either side of the stage, also used for lighting fixtures and video screens.

With K2′s new PANFLEX variable horizontal coverage technology, the familiar challenge of surface reflections was easily overcome. “The stage was playing directly into the face of the Capitol building, which is flanked by stairs on either side, but centered on a large, ornate glass window – beautiful, certainly, but nothing we wanted to purposefully fire acoustic energy against,” notes Chris “Sully” Sullivan, L-ACOUSTICS’ east coast application engineer. “To solve the problem, we viewed the obstacle in SOUNDVISION, predicted which elements in the K2 array were going to hit it, then simply shifted the K2′s pattern asymmetrically for just those loudspeakers in the middle of the array. We reduced the reflected energy in excess of 6dB, and that was just the direct reflected energy! Combine that benefit with the reduction or elimination of the myriad of tangential off-time tertiary reflections and that becomes a massive win for the whole audience.”

PRG employees with a few of their new K2 enclosures

In terms of overall performance, the K2s were troupers. “What I can tell you is that the K2 system went up very quickly thanks to its lighter weight – much faster than the comparable V-DOSC system it was replacing – and the same goes for taking it down,” says Boettcher, who worked on the event with Alan Henig, co-systems engineer. “And the rig sounded extremely transparent. There tends to be a natural fall off of the high frequencies by the time the sound hits the Capitol steps, but the K2 had extended frequency response past 10 kHz that far out, so the sound was exquisite.”

This year’s Memorial Day concert also saw another first. Previously, the show’s FOH had been mixed using a total of three consoles – a Yamaha PM5D, PM1D and an LS9/32, all connected with multiple copper-cable snakes. This year, PRG ran the entire show on just a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles, with six DiGiCo SD-I/O racks and an SD-Mini I/O rack, connected by two fiber-optic cables, with the FOH mix handled by Patrick Baltzell. “This really unified operations at the site and, combined with the much lighter K2 system, gave us the same amount of punch in a smaller and more efficient footprint.”

The same system will be deployed for the July 4th concert event in the same location. “The K2 will set the benchmark going forward as its predecessor V-DOSC did when it was released years ago,” Hutson declares. “Along with K1, this gives L-ACOUSTICS the leading edge in line arrays and we at PRG are very excited to add K2 to our extensive inventory of L-ACOUSTICS products. They listened to our needs and have delivered an innovative product that will perform for years to come.”

For more details on the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, which was broadcast live via the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Forces Network, visit www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert.

About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology and production services to a wide range of markets, including corporate events, concerts, special events, theatre, television, film and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more info on PRG, visit www.prg.com.

About L-ACOUSTICS
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

L-ACOUSTICS Introduces K2 and PANFLEX Technology

New line source with horizontal steering makes official North American debut at InfoComm

LAS VEGAS – InfoComm stand C11908 — Following in the footsteps of the highly successful K1 system for large stadium tours and outdoor festivals, L-ACOUSTICS announces the official North American debut of its new K2 line source array loudspeaker system featuring PANFLEX technology.

The successor to L-ACOUSTICS’ industry-changing V-DOSC system, K2 offers K1 performance in a rescaled package that makes it flexibly well-suited for both permanent installation and touring applications, from theatre to stadium productions. The primary system components include:

- K2 full-range element with PANFLEX horizontal steering, operating from 35 Hz to 20 kHz
- K1-SB low-frequency element reinforcing LF contour down to 30 Hz or LF throw down to 35 Hz
- SB28 low-frequency element extending the operating bandwidth down to 25 Hz
- LA4X / LA8 amplified controllers or LA-RAK touring rack fitted with three LA8

Boasting an unprecedented performance/weight ratio, sophisticated and fast captive rigging system and exceptional sonic performance, the K2 line source benefits from L-ACOUSTICS’ Wavefront Sculpture Technology (WST). Inter-element angles can be set with laser-like accuracy up to a generous 10 degrees allowing the optimization of the vertical coverage with SPL smoothly spread across the audience.

K2 employs L-ACOUSTICS’ new PANFLEX, a unique horizontal steering technology that combines mechanically adjustable fins with DSP algorithms effective from 300 Hz. Four different settings are possible: two symmetric (70 or 110 degrees) and two asymmetric (90 degrees as 35/55 or 55/35). Narrowing or widening the horizontal directivity can serve many purposes: adapt to the width of the listening area, fit long and short distance coverage/SPL requirements, reduce or extend overlapping areas, and avoid reflecting surfaces.

By combining WST and PANFLEX L-ACOUSTICS exclusively addresses the control of directivity in both vertical and horizontal planes. As a result, K2 can match the complex shape of any audience geometry with ideal sonic performance and minimum noise pollution.

Thanks to its three-way quad-amplified design and full range capability, the K2 enclosure can be deployed as a standalone line source. For applications demanding extreme LF impact (contour mode), or maximized LF projection (throw mode), K2 can be arrayed with its dedicated and flyable K1-SB LF extension. The K2 system can also address applications with demanding infrasonic reproduction when combined to the SB28 subwoofer. Before installation, any system configurations can be acoustically and mechanically modeled with L-ACOUSTICS’ SOUNDVISION 3D simulation software.

For touring applications, K2 can be associated to the LA-RAK, a universal distribution platform for power, audio signals and network that facilitates cross rental between rental companies. LA-RAK houses three LA8 amplified controllers and can be flown onto a K2 array. Other applications can feature LA8 amplified controllers. For high-end installation projects, K2 can also be driven by the LA4X amplified controller. The scheme authorizes fully discrete DSP treatment per section and maximum power headroom for the best possible sonic performance.

With its dedicated factory presets, the LA8/LA4X amplified controller constitutes an extremely advanced and precise drive system for the enclosures. All L-ACOUSTICS amplified controllers feature the L-DRIVE thermal and over-excursion protection circuit.

Up to 253 LA8/LA4X amplified controllers can be connected together via the Ethernet-based L-NET protocol. LA NETWORK MANAGER software allows online remote control and monitoring of all the connected units via a user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface and features the Array Morphing EQ. This exclusive tool allows the engineer to quickly adjust the tonal balance of the system to reach a reference curve or to ensure consistency of the sonic signature.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

DiGiCo Releases V685 Software

LAS VEGAS – InfoComm 2014 stand C11336 — UK digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo has now released V685, the latest software upgrade for its range of digital mixing consoles. It is the power of DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing that allows the company to unlock the incredible amount of new features with each new software version for live, broadcast and theatre applications.

V685 is no exception and includes:
- Increased Buss count for the SD9 from 16 to 24 Flexi Busses
- SD11i/B input channel count increased from 32 to 40 Flexi Channels
- Support for Optocore DD4MR, DD2FR, X6R and DD32R devices in audio I/O
- Any SD5, SD8, SD9, SD10 and SD11 running Waves 9.5 will now have 32 stereo Waves racks
- The availability of Aux Sends on Groups in the live and theatre versions
- Support for the D-Rack AES input card and the addition of the D2 Rack as an I/O device

For theatrical environments, the Relative Faders in Cue Groups is now a Macro command; Auxes, Groups and Matrix channels can now be added to channel sets; and Channel Cues now defaults to showing names.

And for broadcast applications, Backstop PFL is now functional on output busses, plus there is a new option on the SD7B and SD10B for Speaker Mute to do Dim.

“Waves is happy to provide the increasing number of DiGiCo SoundGrid MultiRack users the added benefit of doubling their rack capacity,” comments Mick Olesh, Waves EVP Sales and Marketing. “Increasing the number of racks provides DiGiCo SoundGrid users the capability of running 32 racks of Waves and third party plugins to their workflow.”

“It was always our intention to ensure that our SD range of consoles was as future-proof as we could possibly make it,” adds DiGiCo Managing Director James Gordon. “We believe we have the most comprehensive range of consoles currently on the market that deliver exactly what our customers need and want, whatever the changing demands of their use requires. Being able to deliver such substantial upgrades again and again means that they should stay that way.”

V685 is being provided free of charge for an introductory period. For full details of this, and of the wealth of new features and functions, please visit www.digico.biz.

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Starlight Theatre’s Sound Shines with L-ACOUSTICS

Kansas City's Starlight Theatre, home to a new L-ACOUSTICS KARA system

KARA system installed at Kansas City’s famed outdoor theatrical venue

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Seating nearly 8,000 patrons, Starlight Theatre has been a staple of Kansas City’s performing arts community since it first opened in 1950. Hosting a full calendar of Broadway plays and musicals each summer season – not to mention numerous concerts, corporate events, weddings and fundraisers – many classic productions have trod the boards of the large open-air venue over the years, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, Hair, Camelot, Sweet Charity and West Side Story.

As to be expected, Starlight, which is operated by the not-for-profit Starlight Theatre Association, has been through a few sound systems in its time, with the last one holding out for the past 14 seasons. But none of them have ever been able to deliver the critical combination of the intelligibility needed for theatrical dialog with the full-range frequency response necessary for music. Until this year, that is. A new L-ACOUSTICS KARA Modular WST line source sound system was installed over the winter and is already taking Starlight’s 2014 season to new heights.

48 KARA and 24 SB18 are flown above the stage

The new L-ACOUSTICS house system, designed by Dallas-based Idibri (formerly Acoustic Dimensions) and installed by Clair Brothers Audio Systems’ Nashville office, consists of a total of 48 KARA line array modules divided into three hangs of 16 each, positioned left, center and right along a steel framework above the proscenium stage. Flanking either side of the center hang and the outside of the left and right arrays are flown arrays of six SB18 subwoofers accompanied by eight ground-stacked SB28 subwoofers split between the left and right sides of the stage floor. Proscenium fills are handled by two ARCS WIDE and two ARCS FOCUS, one each per side, while six tiny 5XT coaxial loudspeakers and three larger 8XT enclosures comprise the front-fill complement. A total of 16 LA8 amplified controllers power the entire system.

“We put a lot of effort into choosing the new sound system,” states Justin White, Starlight Theatre Director of Operations and Theater Plant, noting the winnowing process began with five systems that Idibri Project Manager Ryan Knox suggested Starlight investigate. This field was eventually narrowed down to three finalists, for whom Idibri arranged a demo that let dozens of Starlight staffers, board members, donors and city officials listen to audio systems in the venue itself and do an A-B-C comparison using the same program material.

Three 8XT enclosures deliver the center front-fill

They emphasized the key criteria of intelligibility and music reproduction, as well as other areas of importance, such as the ability of the system components to endure outdoor use throughout what Barb Schulte, Starlight’s Director of Communications and Outreach, euphemized as Kansas City’s “challenging weather environment, especially in summertime.” And, says White, it became clear very shortly who the winner would be. “After as little as ten minutes for some individuals in attendance, it was unanimous: everyone loved the way the L-ACOUSTICS system sounded.”

Kent Andel, Production Manager for the theatre, says he was a fan of the previous system because of the warmth of its sound, but says that the new system exceeds its performance in a number of ways. “The intelligibility we need for diction and dialog are all there,” he says. “At the same time, it works for music. So the L-ACOUSTICS system won hands down.” This is especially impressive when considering that the compact modular KARA system went head-to-head with systems looking much bigger on paper.

The new L-ACOUSTICS line source array system was first used in late May for Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, a Tony Awards-style program to recognize metro area high school musical theatre talent. All of the system’s critical parameters were on the line, and it performed flawlessly. It will get an even more vigorous workout for the season’s first Broadway musical when The Wizard of Oz comes to Starlight in mid-June.

But even between those shows, the L-ACOUSTICS system is showing its versatility; it’s already been divided into three mini arrays – each with two SB18s, six KARA modules and all four ARCS enclosures – and used indoors in the Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Community Stage that’s part of the Starlight Theatre complex for off-season private events, receptions and parties. “In addition to sounding great, it’s also a very flexible system,” White says. “It’s as loud as we needed it to be, super clear, flexible and just a great choice for us.”

About Starlight Theatre
Starlight Theatre, winner of the 2013 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com

About L-ACOUSTICS
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

Credit for all images: Bob Compton

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