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L-ACOUSTICS Parties with DJs Day and Night at WET REPUBLIC and Hakkasan

Deadmau5 performs at Hakkasan Las Vegas (photo credit: Drew Ressler / Rukes.com)

Vegas’ two hippest new hotspots adopt KARA/SB18 monitor packages for all-star residencies by Tiësto, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and more

LAS VEGAS — L-ACOUSTICS’ KARA/SB18 combination is quickly emerging as the monitoring system of choice among the world’s top EDM superstars, further evidenced by the fact that Audiotek recently specified the package for MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s two newest venues: WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool and Hakkasan Las Vegas.

In early April Audiotek purchased and installed six KARA loudspeaker enclosures and four SB18 subs in the DJ mix area of Hakkasan for its client, Angel Management Group (AMG), which operates the venue. Later that same month, an identical monitoring setup was installed at the AMG-owned 53,000-square-foot, adults-only pool club, WET REPUBLIC. Solotech’s Las Vegas office facilitated the sale of both systems. more

Clearwing Kicks out the Jams at Summerfest with L-ACOUSTICS

Umphrey's McGee rocks the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage on an L-ACOUSTICS K1 system (photo credit: D. Eyton Zelazo)

World’s largest music festival heard via K1, KARA, KUDO and ARCS WIFO

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest music festival for the past 15 consecutive years, Milwaukee’s Summerfest truly knows how to throw a party. Serving up a smorgasbord of brats, brews and bands — over 700 national and regional acts performing on 11 stages — this year’s “Big Gig” at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline drew more than 840,000 visitors over its 11-day run in late June and early July.

To handle audio production duties for this year’s 46th annual bash, Milwaukee World Festival, the non-profit organization that runs the event, once again turned to local provider Clearwing Productions, which specified the use of more than 340 L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker enclosures for FOH throughout the grounds. more

Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013 Inspires Excellence with Renewed Vision

Definitive leadership development event benefits from ProVideoPlayer and ProPresenter software

ATLANTA — Over the past 13 years, Chick-fil-A Leadercast has grown into the premier annual leader development event for leadership growth at all levels. For the last three of those years, producer GiANT Impact has called upon Majestic Productions to provide both the design and equipment for the staging, lighting and video systems, including the use of Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer (PVP) and ProPresenter software. more

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CMA Music Festival Rocks Music City With L-ACOUSTICS K1

Sound Image delivers better-than-ever concert sound at Nashville’s LP Field for world’s largest annual country music festival and broadcast

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The 42nd annual CMA Music Festival, the world’s largest country music festival and broadcast, recently stomped all previous attendance records at its 2013 event, which took place in Nashville from Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9. As usual, the highlights of the festivities this year were the main stage concerts at LP Field, which nightly drew more than 45,000 spectators to cheer and sing along with dozens of the genre’s top artists.

For sound reinforcement duties, the Country Music Association (CMA) awarded the contract to Sound Image, which supplied a large-scale L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the headlining concert each night — all four of which sold out more than six weeks in advance. more

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Freeman Coliseum Finds Its Sonic Focus With L-ACOUSTICS

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Originally built in 1949, San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum has hosted everything from rodeos, boxing and hockey to expositions, circuses and concerts over the years. Now, Bexar County and the facility’s management team are in the middle of a multi-year initiative to update the venue, the most recent phase of which included the addition of a new ARCS Focus arena loudspeaker system installed by L-ACOUSTICS Certified Provider LD Systems. more

L-ACOUSTICS 5XT Awarded “Best Loudspeaker for the Staging Market”

Award presented by Rental & Staging Systems at InfoComm 2013

ORLANDO – InfoComm stand #469 — L-ACOUSTICS’ tiny new 5XT ultra-compact coaxial enclosure has already made a big splash in the market, having recently been awarded “Best Loudspeaker for the Staging Market” by Rental & Staging Systems at InfoComm 2013.

With the first units now shipping, the 5XT — the newest and smallest member of L-ACOUSTICS’ popular XT coaxial series — is based on a two-way passive design with a nominal impedance of 16 ohms. The compact system contains a one-inch diaphragm compression driver coaxially loaded by a five-inch low-mid frequency transducer mounted in a bass-reflex tuned enclosure. more

George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away with L-ACOUSTICS K1

George Strait's final performance of 2013's The Cowboy Rides Away tour (photo credit: Vickie Belcher)

“King George” shatters Alamodome’s attendance record on tour leg’s final night

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After 40 studio albums and an unprecedented 60 number one country music singles, George Strait, the “King of Country”, has now wrapped up the first half of his farewell tour dubbed The Cowboy Rides Away. With the second leg of dates set to take place in early 2014, the final in-the-round performance of his 2013 trek took place on June 1 at San Antonio’s Alamodome in front of a record-breaking sold-out crowd of more than 73,000 fans.

For touring sound reinforcement, Strait has long turned to FOH Engineer George Olson and Dallas-based Onstage Systems, which furnished the artist’s standard L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC and KUDO package for most of this year’s tour stops. However, given the sheer size of the Alamodome concert in Strait’s hometown, the company chose to deploy its full inventory of K1 enclosures, which it augmented with additional cabinets from fellow Rental Network provider Clearwing Audio for an impressive total of 120 K1.

Eight K1/KARA arrays at the Alamodome (photo credit: Eric Thomas)

According to Onstage Systems’ K1 Audio Tech Eric Thomas and Systems Tech Jason Chamlee, the concert’s eight flown arrays were evenly spaced in a ring above the perimeter of the circular rotating stage. A total of four hangs of 16 K1 with six KARA downfills addressed the longer north and south ends of the room, while the east and west sides were covered by four hangs of 14 K1 plus six KARA, each topped with two K1-SB filler enclosures to maintain visual continuity between all arrays.

To power and process the K1/KARA enclosures, Onstage positioned three LA-RAK touring racks — each containing three LA8 amplified controllers — on top of every array, significantly minimizing the copper cable runs. Down on the floor level, four more LA-RAK were deployed to drive 16 dV-DOSC front-fills and 24 SB28 subs set up in an asymmetrical cardioid configuration around the stage.

“Even standing at the very back of the Alamodome’s nosebleed seats, the K1 arrays sounded like they were still right in our faces at more than 360 feet away,” says Thomas. “The indoor throw capability of the system is insanely impressive.”

The Onstage Systems crew prepares to fly one of the K1/KARA arrays (photo credit: Eric Thomas)

“K1′s rigging is also absolutely incredible,” he adds. “Once we had the points straightened out, we were able to rig the entire system in four hours, which is just amazing. And utilizing LA Network Manager to group individual boxes and adjust a few FIR filters as needed, the system sounded fantastic right away. Although I love V-DOSC and KUDO, trying to load in and fly those boxes for a venue of this size would literally require a couple of days, so from a logistical standpoint, K1 is totally the best option out there for stadium sound.”

For his final The Cowboy Rides Away stop at the Alamodome, which sold out within an astounding six minutes of going on sale, Strait performed a two-hour concert following sets from the tour’s special guests, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert. For more details on the 2013 leg, which kicked off back in mid-January, visit www.georgestrait.com.

Onstage Systems can also be found on the Web at www.onstagesystems.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, 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, California.

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Renewed Vision Unveils ProVideoServer at InfoComm 2013

Popular and reliable ProVideoSync media server rebranded and upgraded with significant improvements

ORLANDO, Florida – InfoComm 2013 booth #4211 — Renewed Vision is taking advantage of InfoComm 2013 to officially debut ProVideoServer (PVS), the company’s new four-channel HD video server with synchronization.

Eight years ago, Renewed Vision introduced ProVideoSync, a dual-channel media server currently used by many organizations around the world for the synchronized playback of two channels of broadcast-quality video with select video codecs. Since that time, codecs like H.264 that were originally suitable for web video became of a better quality, distribution of content over the web became more desirable, remote control capabilities in video switchers became more widespread, and the appetite for even more video channels has grown.

With all of that in mind, Renewed Vision’s engineering team set out to address these modern requirements, re-imagining and extending the original scope of PVS. The result is essentially a brand new product with a slightly updated name better suited for its purpose. more

LDS Conference Center Makes Sound Improvements with L-ACOUSTICS

Poll Sound enhances audio reinforcement with new KARAi, SB18i and KIVA arrays

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City’s 21,000-seat LDS Conference Center, the main meeting hall for conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and summer and Christmas holiday home to the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently expanded its L-ACOUSTICS sound reinforcement system with the addition of new KARAi, SB18i and KIVA arrays. more

Historic Paradise Theatre Reborn with L-ACOUSTICS as epikos church

Photo credit: Kathleen Stogin

LiveSpace breathes new life into former theatrical space with KIVA/KILO

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Following an extensive $2 million renovation that spared it from the wrecking ball, the opulent Paradise Theatre in West Allis, Wisconsin has now been given a new lease on life — as the west campus to Milwaukee’s fast-growing epikos church. As part of the venue’s rebirth, the church hired Grand Rapids, Michigan-based LiveSpace to provide a full AVL package that included an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA/KILO loudspeaker system. more

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