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L-Acoustics shines at Gold Coast’s outdoor amphitheatre

Surfer’s Paradise, the venue formerly known as The Arts Centre Gold Coast, now known as HOTA (Home of the Arts), unveiled its new $37.5 million outdoor amphitheatre earlier this year. With aspirations to present art experiences of national and international scale, HOTA’s new outdoor stage required a sound system that could deliver superb audio quality for a wide range of events. Managing Director Bill Karaitiana and con-sol’s technical team were responsible for delivering the Kara system as part of the shootout. The system itself is a flown stereo system comprising two main arrays of 14 Kara each, and two sub arrays of five SB18 subs, hanging directly behind the main arrays. Four X8 full range cabinets provide additional coverage at the front of the stage. Depending on the demands of the event, an additional 12 112P compact loudspeakers and four discreet SB15P subwoofers can also be deployed The entire system is driven by eleven LA4X amplified controllers, and was designed with extensive use of L-Acoustics’ Soundvision 3D modelling software. “Given that no loudspeaker from any manufacturer had been heard at the site prior to the shootout, the modelling provided by Soundvision is testament to its predictive abilities,” explains ,” Richard Muecke, HOTA Technical Supervisor and Head Technician. “The results matched the Soundvision model precisely and we now use the programme extensively to incorporate different sound designs as specified on an event needs basis. This has included supplementing the system with additional components such as ARCS, SB28 and KS28 cabinets as out fill and low frequency extensions.” Following a performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at HOTA’s outdoor stage, FOH engineer Geoff McGowan raved: “The Kara system installed at HOTA on the Gold Coast has blown me away. The clarity and articulation were superb and perfectly translated both the full power and minute subtleties of the orchestra’s dynamics in full flight. This allowed the pure emotion of the performance to easily translate to the audience, and with such a high level of transparency that the system became invisible.” The technical team at HOTA is equally impressed. “All-in-all we are thrilled, not only with our Kara system, but also in being able to offer L-Acoustics products throughout the venue,” says Muecke. “HOTA has a demanding and wide range of event programming that incorporates everything from orchestral to rock and pop performances. The Kara system has been able to deliver superb quality sound reinforcement to critical acclaim and praise from both the audiences and the performers.”

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