San Francisco, CA (March 7, 2006)–The Great American Music Hall has had many lives, opening in 1907 as Blanco’s, a popular restaurant and bordello, later becoming a Moose Lodge and a French restaurant. While the hall has been open as a club since 1972, the recent addition of a new L-Acoutsics Kudo PA rig has given the room a new experience according to co-owner Jonathan Nelson: “This room has never felt anything like what this sound system provides, with the exception of the ’89 earthquake!”
Twin arrays of KUDO boxes with SB118 subs stacked below at the Great American Music HallTwin arrays, each comprised of five Kudo boxes, now hang over the far left and right sides of the stage directly above two stacks of three SB118 single-18-inch subs. Two coaxial 115XT HiQ enclosures have also been installed to supply coverage to the side balcony seating areas with a pair of 115XTs addressing the rear balcony. All L-Acoustics systems are powered by the manufacturer’s LA Series amplification.
Nelson noted, “The Kudo systems and subs have easily given us another half-octave of firm bass down below our previous setup, which absolutely engages the entire room, even when we’re only using half of the available headroom. Plus, the sound is so clean and powerful. It makes the space sound extremely intimate–almost like we’re hearing everything on a really high-end set of studio monitors.”
Meanwhile, reportedly the new system also handles much quieter performances with equal aplomb. “I’ve mixed on just about every box that L-Acoustics makes in all types of venues and they’ve always sounded beautiful across the entire volume spectrum,” noted Lee Brenkman, head of the Music Hall’s sound department and a 34-year employee of the venue. “There are a lot of big concert rigs that sound great if you’re hammering them, but very few of them are also able to handle something delicate. With L-Acoustics speakers, including Kudo, I can take finger-picking folk and other acoustic music down to a whisper and the sonic details are still perfectly clear.”
Great American Music Hall