Tokyo, Japan (August 24, 2012)—L-Acoustics’ Kara/ Kudo WST line source system was chosen as the main system for the updated Orchard Hall in Tokyo’s Bunkamura complex.
L-Acoustics’ Japanese Distributor, Bestec Audio, supplied a central system of 12 Kara cabinets with six Kudo, three SB18i subwoofers and one 115XT HiQ coaxial per side. An additional four 115XT HiQ cover the central section of the first floor level, while four 12XT coaxials take care of the third floor seats. Eight white 8XTi from L-Acoustics’ installation range cover each side of the balconies, with five standard 8XT for the under-balcony area of the second floor and two for front of stage. The entire system is controlled and driven by LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers.
SC Alliance Sound Craft Engineering installed the system. “When I heard the sound in the hall, I felt it was natural and not mechanical,” says 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 sound from 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 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,” said Mr. Wakui of SC Alliance Sound Craft. “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.”