New York (September 26, 2005)–Kudo, the horizontal and vertical line source array from L-Acoustics has become a hit for the company. Since its debut this past March, the company reports the Kudo line has exceeded all the its previous sales for a new product, with more than 1,000 Kudo boxes being sold worldwide since its introduction.
Among those systems sold are a number in the U.S. For instance, Big Mo Productions, a sound system rental company in Parsippany, NJ took delivery of 24 Kudo elements and LA48a amplifiers in March. Since then, Big Mo’s work has included jobs at New York’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom; the Coral Refers and Leon Russell at Summerset County Park; The Duprees and Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge at the Veterans Park in Berkley township; and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and Kenny Vance and the Planetones
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA has its own show production group for many on campus activities. In May, they purchased 8 Kudo enclosures which are used for most of its larger indoor and outdoor music and entertainment events. The system was provided by V-Dosc owner and L-Acoustics dealer Hollywood Sound in McKees Rocks, PA.
Meanwhile, the boxes are also being used for installations. An extensive sound system makeover for the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, will take place this month. A historic building from the turn of the 20th Century, the more than one-hundred-year old facility has seen everything from Bach to Burlesque and Count Basie to Bobby McFerrin. The building was designed by a French Architect and Chris Buckley, a political mover and shaker who wanted to erect a grand structure after the devastating 1906 earthquake. A new Kudo rig consisting of 10 elements, with complementary ARCS and 112XT coaxial speakers plus all L-Acoustics Series power amplification is replacing a sound system installed back in the early 1990s. Extensive modeling using Soundvision ensured that coverage was achieved while remaining clear of obstacles such as side walls and balcony face.