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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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Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

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

American Bible Society Atrium Gets New Look with Renewed Vision

Velocity Productions specifies ProVideoPlayer and ProPresenter as part of major remodel at ABS’ Manhattan headquarters

NEW YORK CITY — Atlanta-based Velocity Productions reports that it recently completed a full atrium remodel for the NYC headquarters of the American Bible Society (ABS) located just a few blocks north of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle at 61st and Broadway. According to Velocity President Brian Pirkle, Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer and ProPresenter software were both integral to the project’s success. more

Central Wesleyan Church Upgrades to L-ACOUSTICS

Acoustic Dimensions and Parkway Electric bring KUDO to Western Michigan House of Worship

HOLLAND, Michigan — When Holland, Michigan’s Central Wesleyan Church celebrated its 115th anniversary and paid off the mortgage on its current worship center, the church’s leadership team immediately knew what their first project should be: acoustic treatments and a new sound system for their 2,800-seat, fan-shaped main sanctuary. After a careful search for the right systems consultant, the church hired Dallas-based Acoustic Dimensions, which created an equipment specification for the space built on L-ACOUSTICS’ KUDO platform. more

Opéra Royal de Wallonie Chooses L-ACOUSTICS

LIÈGE, Belgium — On the occasion of the restoration of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Royal Opera of Wallonia), a full L-ACOUSTICS system was put in place.

After more than two years of restoration work, the 1875-built Théatre Royal de Liège, home of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (ORW), re-opened its doors to the public at the end of last year in Liège. The whole renovation project, unique in its kind, represented an investment of 31 million euros. more

Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights Tour Hits the Road with Renewed Vision

Video director Rusty Anderson (left) and music director/keyboardist Matt Gilder at the tour's video mix position (photo credit: Bjorn Amundsen)

Music director and video director both using ProPresenter 5 in new ways on Contemporary Christian music’s biggest tour

ATLANTA, Georgia — When Chris Tomlin’s latest album, Burning Lights, was released this past January, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the fourth Christian album in history to do so. To support the new album, Tomlin and his band are once again back out on the road for a two-month, 36-date U.S. arena tour, and along with them for the trek is Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter 5 lyric and media presentation software. more

L-ACOUSTICS Launches LA4X Amplified Controller

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to announce the addition of the LA4X to its amplified controller series.

The LA4X amplified controller is based on a four-input by four-output architecture combining the benefits of self-powered speaker packages with the flexibility of outboard DSP and amplification. The speaker management and amplification for L-ACOUSTICS systems can operate in three different connectivity modes.

“With LA4X, L-ACOUSTICS speakers can virtually be considered as powered speakers, at the same time maintaining the versatility in amplification resources typical of the separated amplification approach,” says L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle. more

L-ACOUSTICS Keeps the Nightlife Pumping at Bamboo Miami

Audio Formula installs KUDO/SB28 system at South Beach’s hottest nightclub

MIAMI, Florida — Built nearly seven decades ago, Miami Beach’s Variety Theater — later known as the Paris Theatre — achieved a certain amount of fame in the ’80s when Big Time Productions used the space as a photo/film studio to shoot album covers and music videos for top artists like Madonna and U2.

Today, world-renowned musicians and celebrities are once again pouring into the South Beach hotspot — now dubbed “Bamboo Miami” — but this time for its swanky nightlife. Bucharest-based Bamboo Group, a successful European club owner and promoter, took over the landmark venue last year and renovated it into a lavish nightclub that both faithfully preserves its classic Art Deco ornamentation and dresses it up with a mega-dose of modern ambiance. more

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