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L-Acoustics Delivers at Theatre of Living Arts

Clair Brothers Audio Systems installed an Arcs II rig at the the Theatre of Living Arts, an intimate Live Nation venue in Philadelphia, USA.

Although the TLA (Theatre of Living Arts) was best known in previous decades as a host for art house films and touring Broadway shows like Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the TLA has steadily evolved into Philadelphia's premiere small concert venue for edgy, up-and-coming artists. Owned and operated by concert promoter Live Nation, the intimate 1000-capacity club recently bumped up its production values with the addition of a new Arcs II loudspeaker system from L-Acoustics.

Installed by Manheim, USA based Clair Brothers Audio Systems, which replaced a large 18-year-old Clair R4/S4 house PA, the new system features left and right arrays each comprised of four Arcs II loudspeakers flanked by two flown SB18 subwoofers per-side.

For additional low-end reinforcement, four more SB18 are permanently housed under the stage and are complemented by two larger, portable SB28 subwoofers that are kept at the ready for bass-heavy EDM shows.

A compact cluster of two Arcs Focus enclosures is flown between the Arcs II arrays for front-fill, while two tiny coaxial 5XT 'cubes' are positioned under the acoustically shaded bar area at house left. Three LA8 and two LA4 amplified controllers power and process the entire system.

Rob Tauscher, TLA's Production Manager and FOH Engineer, said: "A lot of bands return to play our room, so I've talked to dozens of engineers that have now mixed on both our old and new systems, and the response is 100 percent positive.

"Clair and L-Acoustics really did a great job of specifyng the right system for the space," he added. "The asymmetrical horn of the Arcs II allowed us to splay the cabinets in such a manner that coverage was maximized with very little wasted energy, and the center hang of Arcs Focus more than does the trick of covering the pit. I've found the Arcs Series systems to be very efficient and robust, and, combined with the flown SB18 subs, our PA acts like a three-way system plus auxiliary subwoofer."

Dan Schartoff, Live Nation's Vice President of Production is equally pleased with the results. "My mantra when designing systems has always been to find the gear that best suits the space, regardless of what it may be," he said.

Rob and Dan note that TLA's entire install and commissioning process was competed in only three days, including moving the FOH mix position forward to just under the font edge of the balcony. A few of the very first acts to benefit from the new system included Hole's Courtney Love, J. Cole and Brothers In Arms, a new side project featuring D'Angelo and ?uestlove.





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