Deer Park, TX (March 30, 2015)—Deer Park High School’s 1,500-seat proscenium theater—the Deer Park High School Performing Arts Center—recently updated its audio and video gear, adding a sizable L-Acoustics Kiva line source array system in the process that was designed and installed by Houston-based LD Systems.
“The venue covers a lot of ground, so the sound system had to be great for both music and speech,” explains Ray Givens, sales and design engineer at LD Systems. “They also wanted the system to be visually unobtrusive. The loudspeakers were part of a larger AV upgrade that included a new FOH console, wireless microphones, a 20K-lumen HD video projector and larger video screen, and the loudspeakers couldn’t interfere with the sightlines for that.”
The loudspeaker system consists of six Kiva enclosures flown below two SB15m subs per side, five 5XT coaxial enclosures mounted across the face of the stage for front fill, and two SB18 subwoofers, all powered and processed by five LA4X amplified controllers.
The AV upgrade included a considerable amount of physical renovation, including the addition of extra structural elements to support the new arrays and moving the FOH mix position out from behind a glassed-in control room and into the same space as the music that it would be mixing. Givens notes that the Kiva system tied it all together. “What’s wonderful is that it’s not immediately visible,” he says. “It blends in well and you don’t know it’s there until you hear the sound, and it sounds great. The school has been very pleased and so are we.”