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Bay Area High Schools Give L-Acoustics Kiva High Marks

California's San Mateo Union High Schools District is currently in the process of remodeling and in some instances totally replacing the theatres of six of its high schools.

Theatre consulting for each of the venues was provided by San Francisco's Shalleck Collaborative, which specified  L-Acoustics loudspeaker systems throughout.

Two of the projects, the new 614-capacity Aragon venue and refurbished Burlingame space with 593 seats have already been completed. Both rooms feature left and right arrays comprised of six L-Acoustics Kiva elements flown beneath a single SB18 and driven by LA4 amplified controllers.

The remaining four theatres are all scheduled for completion prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Two of the schools boast nearly 800 seats and feature long, narrow room geometries which will benefit from left and right arrays of eight Kiva with a central cluster of three SB18i arranged in a cardioid configuration.

A third school, with close to 1,000 seats and a single balcony, will feature a total of six Kiva, two Kilo mid-frequency extension cabinets and a single SB18 per side, while San Mateo (1,540 seats) will utilise two arrays of eight larger KARAi hung below two SB18i.

Shalleck's Collaborative Principal Ian Hunter said: "L-Acoustics' dV-DOSC has always been one of my favourite loudspeakers, especially for theatre. But I have to say that the essence of dV-DOSC, and now Kara, translates down very well into the much smaller and more cost-effective Kiva enclosures. They possess the same clarity and truth of reproduction, particularly in the vocal bandwidth."
"The San Mateo District is a fairly sophisticated client when it comes to arts and technology," Hunter added. "Their productions are always high-profile and extremely well-produced, but they still had to stay within a budget, which L-Acoustics fit nicely.

"With Kiva and Kara, we were able to offer a scalable solution with a great cost-to-performance ratio and the systems easily support the district's whole range of events from PTA meetings to 'battles of the bands' and everything in between."





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