San Jose, CA (August 10, 2020)—While it marked the first anniversary of its installation in silence due to the pandemic, the sizable d&b audiotechnik KSL loudspeaker system at the 2,850-seat San Jose Civic has already made its mark, delivering notable shows by the likes of Deadmau5, Frankie Valli, Lindsey Sterling, REO Speedwagon, Piano Guys and others.
The San Jose Civic is one of the San Jose Theaters, a collection of four historic cultural venues managed by Team San Jose, in partnership with LJ Productions, all located in the heart of the Downtown neighborhood. The San Jose Civic shares a common wall with the more intimate 468-seat Montgomery Theater; however, the theaters often have performances simultaneously, so controlling the sound in the Civic was important. “We were counting on d&b ArrayProcessing to keep the energy off the common wall,” said Adrienne Felicioni, LJ Productions. “We conducted dB testing before and after the KSL install. There was an incredible drop in sound leakage getting into the Montgomery.”
The system configuration is a combination of KSL12 and KSL8 (totaling 9 x boxes per side), 6 x SL-SUB sub woofers, 4 x Y10P front fill speakers, 2 x V7P out fill speakers, 12 x D80 amplifiers, and 1 x 30D amplifier.
d&b’s ArrayProcessing technology is used onsite in an effort to improve the tonal balance and SPL consistency throughout the entire vertical coverage of a line array while also creating zones of reduced SPL or even avoidance of certain areas. “We have designed, using d&b ArrayProcessing, a slot to apply a hard avoid on the upper [level] seating,” said Michael Clifford, an independent sound engineer involved with the project. “It works flawlessly in eliminating the reflections we used to get from the empty space that now directs the energy evenly throughout the lower seating.”
Clifford also says they were able to build additional slots for various configurations that their most frequent clients use, such as different front fill or sub placement requirements. “Since we share a common wall with the Montgomery Theater, in the past, we would have to apply a strict dB limit until their show was over. Now, we simply push a button that redirects energy away from the other theater without any noise complaints from the other venue.”
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