FRANCE: Next week's ProLight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt will see the introduction of L-Acoustics' KIVA system, intended to establish "a new reference in Line Source Array technology". The system is in line with the Wavefront Sculpture Technology (WST) criteria defined in the early 1990s and now shared by flagship offers V-DOSC, dV-DOSC and KUDO, reports PSN-e.
KIVA has been developed to meet the demands of both fixed installation and rental production markets, and consists of the following principal components: the KIVA full range element operating from 80Hz to 20kHz bandwidth; the KILO complimentary low frequency extension element operating from 50Hz to 100Hz bandwidth; and the LA4 amplified controller.
According to L-Acoustics, a single LA4 can drive up to eight KIVA cabinets in a preset configuration for vocals and light music material, or six KIVAs and two KILOs for medium musical applications. An SB118 sub, meanwhile, can be added for more demanding low-end reinforcement.
Benefits of the new system are said to include "even coverage of extremely large acoustic environments" where the number of elements constitutes the main factor in establishing the parameters for system throw, coverage pattern and directivity control.
KIVA offers fixed horizontal directivity of 100_ and vertical inter-element variation of between 0_ and 15_, is packaged in a lightweight and compact enclosure, and features a "virtually invisible" captive rigging system. Suitable environments for installation include theatres, performing arts centres, concert halls, convention centres and TV studios.
Software packages that can be used with the new system include L-Acoustics' Soundvision 3D simulator and The LA Network Manager, which is designed to offer remote control and monitoring of the amplified controllers via a graphic interface.
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