LD Systems’ K1/Kara and Kudo arrays at Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX (September 14, 2012)—LD Systems has purchased an L-Acoustics K1/Kudo system—and then some. The order comprises of 386 enclosures— including variable curvature, constant curvature and coaxial systems, all powered by LA-Rak.
According to Rob McKinley, co-founder, president and owner of LD Systems, the quantity of product was largely driven by the sound reinforcement needs of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which has been an annual client since 1985. In February and March of each year, as part of RodeoHouston, up to 75,000 people pack Reliant Stadium on any given night for three straight weeks of rodeo action and concerts from some of the biggest stars in pop, rock and country music.
“RodeoHouston will require 280 L-Acoustics enclosures powered by 44 LA-Raks, making it the largest stadium fully equipped with K1 worldwide,” McKinley notes. “As the sole audio provider for the rodeo, we’ll basically be using our full complement of K1, K1-SB, Kudo and Kara to cover the event. We recently flew a mockup system at the venue to give their management team a preview and the comments were extremely favorable.”
“Reliant Stadium has always been a challenge to tame, but when we heard LD’s new system, even though it was only set up to cover one quadrant of the space, we were absolutely amazed,” said Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chief operating officer Leroy Shafer. “Thanks to LD Systems, our concerts and events have always represented the leading edge of presentation technology, but after hearing the K1 demo, we can definitely see and hear that we are taking a significant paradigm step upward in the sound production for RodeoHouston.”
“Although we’ve focused a lot on regional sound, special event production, corporate staging and systems integration in recent years, touring sound has always been at our core,” McKinley said. “Our interest with K1 is very much to increase our participation in the touring market again, and through tours of our own as well as partners in the Rental Network we feel we now have a very strong presence to do that.”