L-Acoustics Kiva II Delivers Transformational Audio To Kuusamo Hall
In the heart of Finland, six hours north of Helsinki, is Kuusamo, a major centre for winter sports and one of the country’s most popular year-round tourist destinations. Along with stunning scenery, one of its attractions is Kuusamo Hall, a versatile centre that hosts meetings, exhibitions, concerts and shows. The Hall’s theatre now boasts an L‑Acoustics Kiva II system, designed and installed by Audico, L‑Acoustics Certified Provider Distributor for Finland, transforming it into an attractive venue for visiting productions.
Opened in the 1980s with the goal of offering visitors ‘unique experiences for all the senses’, Kuusamo Hall sits gently in its surroundings. Its wood clad theatre reflects the natural beauty of the Finnish countryside, providing a warm, inviting atmosphere and creating a delightful space to enjoy the varied musical events it hosts. Its audio system, however, had not been updated since the time of construction and comprised only flush mounted ceiling speakers. Although visually unobtrusive, they were unsuitable for visiting productions, imposing on each performer to bring their own PA.
“The premise of the new sound system was to make the venue more attractive to a wider variety of touring acts,” says Audico’s Pauli Molnár. “It’s a really beautiful hall, but with everyone bringing in their own equipment, load out times were long and the house technicians had to wait until guest engineers had packed everything up. It was extra work for everyone.”
The management team at Kuusamo Hall had heard other L-Acoustics systems installed by Audico, and they already knew that they wanted to bring this winning team to their own project.
“Kuusamo Hall is a multipurpose venue that hosts a large variety of music events. The idea was to have a touring quality sound system already installed, so the only thing visiting acts need to do is set up mics and consoles to be ready for soundcheck,” explains Molnár.
Audico visited the space in 2016 and submitted their recommendation during a tender process. Working alongside L‑Acoustics application engineer Gert Wiersema, Molnár kept the design of the system as simple as possible, choosing the ultra-compact Kiva II for its long throw capability and even SPL, which he knew would give consistent coverage across the entire auditorium.
Eight Kiva II topped with two SB15m subs are positioned either side of the stage, along with two centre hung SB18i sub woofers. Six 5XT are positioned across the stage lip as front fills and six X12 provide stage monitoring.
The system was installed over a week just before Christmas. It sits beautifully in the architecture of the theatre and has transformed it into an attractive and easy to use venue.
“The Kiva II system works extremely well and provides the consistent coverage the venue was after,” Molnár concludes. “It has already been used for a variety of musical genres and everyone has been consistently pleased with the results. It’s even great for rock ‘n’ roll gigs, which they had found tricky before because the acoustics of the Hall are not ideally suited to the genre. This is now a true multipurpose venue that can host absolutely anything.”