Hibino invests in AiRay
JAPAN: Hibino Sound Division has increased its holding of Coda Audio boxes with a substantial order of the manufacturer’s AiRay system confirmed at Pro Light and Sound. It now has an inventory of over 300 Coda cabinets including TiRay, ViRay and others.
Hibino took an interest in the AiRay system following a recommendation from its head of sound, Hiroshi Inoue. Mr Inoue had previously used a Coda LA12 system on tour in 2014 and had assessed AiRay at Pro Light and Sound in 2015. Hibino divisional head, Ryoichi Hashimoto agreed with the endorsement and an order of AiRay for use on Japanese artist, Shogo Hamada’s latest tour was placed.
‘AiRay achieves very high sound resolution with good separation of each instrument’s sound,’ explained Mr Inoue. ‘Sound shape is maintained over a long distance meaning that the required SPL can be obtained using fewer cabinets. AiRay’s functionality is excellent for both flown and ground stack applications and when the system is flown, the lightweight mainframe and the compact cabinets combine to reduce setup times and trucking costs.’
‘From the point of view of a rental company, it is really important to stress that the AiRay takes up two-thirds of the space of previous systems,’ added Mr Hashimoto. ‘The lightweight and flexible nature of the system means that fewer crew are needed for transport and setup, so again, more costs are saved. These obvious advantages made this large additional order for AiRay a very easy decision. It is really striking just how much power AiRay produces from such compact cabinets.’
‘We are genuinely delighted that Hibino has chosen to make this very sizeable investment in AiRay,’ said Paul Ward, Coda sales and marketing director. ‘They are clearly confident in the system’s capacity to address applications right across the touring market and they are certainly well placed to judge its credentials. For Coda, this represents another ringing endorsement of AiRay on the global stage.’