An L-Acoustics KARA WST modular line source system was supplied by Concept Solutions for Austria’s annual Pink Ribbon Night – an event that supports efforts to prevent and fight breast cancer.
The challenging acoustics of the venue – multi-purpose facility Magna Racino – and the need for a significant distance between the line arrays rendered the L-Acoustics KARA system an ideal fit.
“A panoramic video projection covering more than two thirds of the room meant that two arrays of nine KARA cabinets had to be flown relatively far apart,” said Concept Solutions’ technical director, sound, Raphael Rupprecht. “KARA’s wide horizontal angle helped enormously, especially given that a centre array had to be dispensed of due to the projection screens.”
The presence of a resonant 22m room behind the projection screen also represented a challenge to the audio team – one addressed by a flown array of four SB18 subs in cardioid mode behind the main array, thereby reducing the resonant bass frequencies from behind the screen. Uniform SPL distribution was accomplished by using additional 8XT coaxial as front-fills for the first rows, with two KIVA cabinets on stands as out-fills.
Stage monitoring consisted of 115XT HiQ active monitors, and the entire system was run by three LA RAKs each housing three LA8 amplified controllers with AES/EBU cards, running L-Acoustics’ LA Network Manager remote control software.
Concept Solutions became one of the first KARA customers when it made a significant investment in L-Acoustics equipment last year. Switching from its previous brand of loudspeaker, the company purchased 24 KARAs, 24 KIVAs, 8 KILOs, 12 SB18s, 12 SB28s, 4 12XTs, 16 8XTs, 12HiQs, 6 112Ps, 8 108Ps, 4 LA4s, 6 LA8s, three LA RAKs each with three LA8 amplified controllers with AES cards, plus all rigging hardware.
“Our decision to change to L-ACOUSTICS was the right one,” said Rupprecht. “With KARA we invested in the newest and most probably the best product on the market in this category. The KIVA system, which can produce incredible SPLs for such a small cabinet, convinced me! What struck me most from the very first listen was the unbelievable ‘in your face’ sound, especially with the vocal, and of course at great distances from the source!
It is anticipated the event will raise around €1,000,000 by the end of the year to help financially disadvantaged women suffering from breast cancer.