KARA on New Saturday Night Fever tour
Article kindly provided by PSNEurope - April 2012 issue
New Saturday Night Fever Tour gets the crowds dancing with L-ACOUSTICS package
DUTCH PRODUCTION company Joop van den Ende recently kicked off a massive new touring production of Saturday Night Fever, which opened in February at the Carré Theatre in Amsterdam. Sound design is by acclaimed Dutch designer Jeroen ten Brinke, who selected a sizeable L-Acoustics loudspeaker system for the tour, which also features a number of technical innovations backstage. Sound equipment and support is courtesy of London-based Orbital Sound. Ten Brinke specified a combination of 18 L-ACOUSTICS KARA loudspeakers for the main left and right arrays, supported by two SB28 subs, with six L-ACOUSTICS KIVA cabinets forming the centre cluster. These are powered by five LA8 amplifiers, which incorporate the LA network control for remote control access and processing.
The Dutchman explained his approach: “SNF is playing 13 of the Netherlands’ largest theatres, with minimal load in time at each venue. We have designed the whole system to fit into two trucks, keeping everything in the digital domain from start to finish – we can simply roll out all the kit and plug it up really fast. I needed lots of gain, with the show transitioning from being very quiet and soft to very loud, and the L-ACOUSTICS system was an obvious choice. The speakers are quite linear, maintaining a very consistent frequency response – and the system is quite simply the best I have ever heard. It is the first time that I have used the KARA and KIVA cabinets, and the result is great – they really are very ‘grateful’ speakers!
At FOH, we have a relatively small Digidesign VENUE console, which is just right for the job. The Orbital crew has been very co-operative and given us excellent support, as well as coming up with a lot of great theatre solutions.”