Bestec Audio supplies L-Acoustics system for Orchard Hall
JAPAN: Bestec Audio recently supplied an L-Acoustics Kara/Kudo WST line source system for the 2,150-seat Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo. The system was installed by SC Alliance Sound Craft Engineering.
The audio solution comprises a central system made up of 12 Kara cabinets with six Kudo elements, three SB18i subwoofers and one 115XT HiQ coaxial per side. A further four 115XT HiQs cover the central section of the first floor level, while four 12XT coaxials take care of the third floor seats. Meanwhile, eight white 8XTi installation speakers cover each side of the venue’s balconies, with five standard 8XT installed for the under balcony area of the second floor and a further two for front of stage. The entire system is controlled and driven by LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers.
‘When I heard the sound in the hall, I felt it was natural and not mechanical,’ commented Mr Ishikawa, the hall’s chief operator. ‘This hall is usually used for classical music and orchestras, and I thought the sound from the instruments and the speaker system should blend seamlessly together. We compared systems from several manufacturers and the L-Acoustics system produced a sound which was exactly as I imagined it should be.’
‘The sound is uniform throughout the entire hall, and we can hear the outline of the sound very clearly with very little phase interference,’ said Mr Ishikawa. ‘When performers from abroad hear that we have an L-Acoustics system, they are very pleased as the brand has such a good international reputation. Once I tell visiting rental companies that we have installed Kudo as the left and right system, they always decide to use just the house system without adding their own speakers. Consequently, because there are no speakers on the stage, the whole area can be used for performances. And as the entire stage can be seen from every seat, we can sell as many tickets as possible,’ he enthused.
‘The most important point for us was that the sound should suit the hall, and when I compared the systems from different manufacturers, I thought L-Acoustics would be the best,’ commented Mr Wakui from SC Alliance Sound Craft Engineering.
The Kudo side speakers are mounted in chambers at either side of the stage, and the concert hall’s technical staff have designed a special base that angles them to the correct position, according to the application. ‘We will be having productions that require more dynamic sound in the future and that was the main reason we chose Kudo, as it has enough capacity and expression for this,’ continued Mr Wakui. ‘And as the horizontal directivity of Kudo is changeable, there is no unnecessary reflected sound from the chambers. This is definitely one of the system’s benefits.’