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L-Acoustics KARAi Makes Waves

An L-Acoustics KARAi modular WST line source system for permanent installation has been installed into the 881-seat Celebrity Theatre of the Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship.

The system consists of six KARAi cabinets and four SB28 subs in cardioid mode per side, with three 8XT coaxials as front fill.

“There were a few reasons why we chose an L-Acoustics system,” said Ingo Rippe from German systems integrator Protones, which also owns a KARA system for rental. “The first reason was the performance of the KARAi and SB28.

“In addition, an advantage of L-Acoustics’ amplified controllers is the possibility of remote monitoring, as well as AES/EBU and analogue signal connection. These options are always an advantage, but especially on board a ship where they are installed in a room quite distant from the stage and FOH position.

"As well as the cruise ship staff, occasionally engineers from guest bands and shows also work on it, so it was important to install a familiar system.”

However it was the system’s ability to perform in an unconventional location, directly behind the performance area of the circular stage, that has really impressed Rippe.

“The position for the stacked PA specified by the customer is quite unusual, with much of the performance space located in front of the speakers, so we were worried if the required gain before feedback was possible,” he explained. “We were amazed by the gain before feedback performance of the KARAi system.”
“It was indeed a difficult set up, with the PA behind the performance area,” added L-Acoustics application engineer Paul Van Baasbank. “Even though the acoustics in the theatre are very absorbing, the system has sufficient headroom to provide the kind of levels the performances demand.”





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