Adlib Installs L-ACOUSTICS System for Scarborough Open Air Theatre


Adlib Installs L-ACOUSTICS System for Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Adlib’s sales and installation division supplied an L-ACOUSTICS KARA sound system to Scarborough Open Air Theatre, North Yorkshire, UK, which featured concerts by JLS, John Barrowman, Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke, Russell Watson and many more in its 2012 Summer Season.

Once a joint bid by Adlib and P&L Sound and Lighting was successful, the two companies collaborated closely with L-ACOUSTICS and the Scarborough Borough Council to ensure that all their sonic requirements were met.

The Open Air Theatre in Northstead Manor Gardens has a capacity of 6500 and is the largest such venue in Europe. It was originally built in 1932, and reopened in 2010 after a £3.5 Million refurbishment which includes a full stage and roof system. This year, they decided to make further investments in the sound system to ensure that the theatre can offer top quality production values and attract leading international artists.

The system was optimised to cater for a variety of performance genres from rock bands to opera shows and classical recitals to the spoken word, plus a host of community events. During the Olympics and other major sporting moments, there were large screen relays, so it had to be flexible and sound good across multiple applications.

Nine KARA boxes together with four SB18 subs per side were flown as left and right PA hangs – supported by dedicated PA towers, plus three ground-stacked SB28 subs per side. This was completed with four L-ACOUSTICS KIVA loudspeakers as in-fills, positioned towards the front edge of the stage.
Six L-ACOUSTICS LA8 amplifiers powered the above loudspeakers. Comprehensive onboard processing and equalization was accessed utilising a laptop PC running L-ACOUSTICS’ LA Network Manager Software application.

L-ACOUSTICS KARA was specified for a number of reasons including its format and low frequency extension capabilities from a compact and light weight series of enclosures.  Another was the uniformity of the loudspeakers’ spectral response when delivering at the variety of sound pressure levels required in this particular application.

The “stunning” directivity and control in both horizontal and vertical planes was another asset.  In summary, this was a sound solution offering both operating engineers and the audience an amazing listening experience with the very recognisable L-ACOUSTICS ‘sonic signature’ expressed across their extensive range of loudspeakers.

“Of a number of options initially discussed,” explains John Hughes Sales and Installation Manager at Adlib, “KARA was considered the best system for the job”.

Phil Laycock, SOAT’s in-house Production Manager comments, “As the main contractor for the Scarborough Open Air theatre it was great to work with Adlib. From the first point of contact through to the system integration and final completion, they were there for us with great communication and back up, and we also sub-hired additional sound and lighting for some of the summer shows.The team and equipment were all excellent and we look forward to working with them again in the 2013 season".

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