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On the Las Vegas Strip, the Imperial Palace has long attracted tourists with the world’s largest and finest classic car showroom, a wealth of entertainment options, as well as a prime location convention business and access to the Las Vegas monorail.

Human Nature TheaterThe hotel’s Human Nature Theater features Australia’s Human Nature – a Motown tribute showcasing the harmonies of Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney. To retain its technical appeal, the theatre recently received a substantial upgrade of its sound reinforcement system.

After evaluating a number of sound reinforcement systems, Imperial Palace Technical Director J Eric D’Richards selected a DAS Audio system, comprised of Aero 8 powered two-way line array elements, Aero 12A powered two-way, mid-high line array modules and LX-218A powered subwoofers – all managed by a DAS Audio DSP-4080 stereo/mono loudspeaker processor.

‘We evaluated a number of sound systems from several manufacturers and the DAS system offered the ideal blend of system performance and value,’ D’Richards says, ‘The Aero 2 system’s compact form factor and low-profile from the house perspective was just right, as it didn’t interfere with the audience’s line of sight to the stage. Equally notable, the sound quality of the equipment is very impressive. The system exhibits excellent speech intelligibility and music reproduction capabilities as well as even dispersion throughout the room – all of which were prominent factors in the equipment’s deployment.’

The Human Nature Theater uses two main loudspeaker clusters flown over the left and right front edges of the stage – each comprising six Aero 12A loudspeakers with five LX-218A subwoofers low-frequency support. Two LX218As are stacked on the left and right sides of the stage, with the fifth enclosure inside a cubicle underneath the front centre of the stage. Two Aero 8A enclosures are placed of the LX-218A stacks at the stage sides for in-fill, and are angled in toward the front/centre seating immediately in front of the stage.

‘I really appreciate the fact that the entire system is self-powered,’ says D’Richards. ‘We have limited space in this room, so the fact that we didn’t have to concern ourselves with housing a separate equipment rack just for power amplifiers was a big plus. The system’s self-powered design also streamlined system cabling considerably.

‘We have three shows each day here: Name That Tune Live in the afternoon, Human Nature in the evening, and Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas as our late night entertainment,’ he adds. ‘Given the diversity of our entertainment, we needed a system that was versatile and could handle everything from A-Cappella vocals and heavy dance oriented music to the clear speech intelligibility necessary for a game show. Our new DAS system delivers on all fronts.

‘We do 72 shows per month in this room, so sound quality and reliability is vitally important. In the seven plus months we’ve had the equipment, I’ve encountered no issues whatsoever. In terms of performance, our DAS system has been terrific and, as other sound reinforcement requirements evolve, DAS Audio will be at the top of our list.’

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Counted among Israel’s hottest nightclubs, The Beat has revamped its sound system with the help of local QSC distributor, Kilim Electronics.

The BeatThe new PA system is based on QSC KLA Series Active Line Arrays and both K and KW Series Active Loudspeakers. Two KLA arrays, each with three KLA12 loudspeaker elements, are suspended on either side of the club’s main stage, with eight KW181 subwoofers for the low end. Two K12s supplelent the main PA, providing out-fill.On stage, six K12 active loudspeakers provide monitors for The Beat’s performing musicians.

As one of Israel’s best-known music venues, The Beat hosts live music from local artists and performers, as well as big-name artists on the international touring circuit. Every Tuesday night the club holds an ‘open mic’ night, when any artists may take the stage to perform, bringing only their instruments with them – many of whom have noticed the improvement.

‘A lot of artists play at The Beat on tour, and most of the live sound engineers who’ve worked here since the summer have commented on the improved sound quality and power offered by the new QSC system,’ say Doron and Erez, owners of the nightclub. ‘Most have liked the fact that the system produces audio at a high volume but does not hurt their ears like other nightclub PA systems.

‘The sound is clear without distortion, the subs are strong but not too overpowering, and the number of people who arrive at the club is increasing from week to week.’

‘The use of KLA, KW and K Series loudspeakers is very convenient and efficient,’ Gadi Kilim, head of Kilim Electronics, adds. ‘Since there are no amplifiers which physically take a lot of space, and the current draw of the K Family amplifier module is so low – the QSC system is the smart solution for permanent installations, especially when the audience is close to the stage.’

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The Palazzetto dello Sport Paolo Ferraris in Casale Monferrato has a new sound system, courtesy of local distributor AudioLink. The news system is based upon the QSC Audio Q-Sys integrated platform, KLA Series active line arrays, and K Series active loudspeakers.

Palazzetto dello Sport Paolo FerrarisInformally known as the PalaFerraris, the multi-purpose venue in Northwestern Italy hosts a range of indoor sports, concerts and other events. More importantly, it is home to newly-promoted Serie A basketball team AS Junior Casale.

The past year has been a memorable one for the team – in 2011 Junior Casale were crowned outright champions of LegaDue and, in a dramatic playoff final, clinched promotion to the top division of Italian basketball. As a top-level team needs a top-level arena, Casale Monferrato city council commissioned a major renovation of the PalaFerraris, increasing the seating capacity to 3,510 – and installing a state-of-the-art sound system.

When it came to finding an audio control system with the power and flexibility to meet the diverse needs of the venue, the Q-Sys platform was the obvious choice. Designed with the technical support of experienced independent audio-visual consultant Angelo Rovero, the entire PalaFerraris audio system is built around a single Q-Sys Core 1000 unit. With all processing, monitoring and routing centrally controlled by Q-Sys, the system can seamlessly handle music, prerecorded messages, live announcements and in-game sound effects, maintaining the highest audio quality throughout.

The entire system can be managed from an iPad running the Q-Sys Controller App and Q-Sys Designer software, which allows the user to assemble custom control interfaces (UCIs), placing practically any element of the system under fingertip control. At PalaFerraris, an operator can now monitor and adjust levels, switch source selection and trigger music and jingles instantly using the iPad’s touch screen.

QSC Audio Q-Sys‘Q-Sys was the ideal solution for the PalaFerraris,’ says AudioLink head, Stefano Cantadori. ‘The totally flexible architecture of the Q-Sys Core and the intuitive nature of the Q-Sys Designer software mean that configuring the entire system to fit the needs of the venue is exceptionally quick and easy. Our on-site specialist Giammario Piumatti, who is there to assist the client with programming the system, loves it because any last-minute ideas and requests can so easily be integrated, just as the system can easily be adapted in the future to cope with the evolving needs of the venue.’

To fully realise this potential, AudioLink suggested that PalaFerraris take a look at one of the newest additions to the House of K – the KLA Series active line array. Working with installation contractor Testa Marco, four KLA line arrays – each composed of three KLA12 active, two-way loudspeaker elements – were mounted above the main stands, delivering power and projection without restricting the view of any of the spectators. An additional complement of K Series K10 and K8 active loudspeakers were set at ground level to cover new court-side stands and provide discreet sound reinforcement around the court itself.

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A change in ownership has seen Orange County’s 40-year-old Galaxy Theatre reinvented as a live venue. It now houses two separate performance spaces: the intimate 350-capacity Constellation Room and larger Observatory, which can accommodate an audience of more than 1,000.

Observatory crowdOne of the primary improvements made to the venue in the process was the installation of an L-Acoustics KARAi line source array system provided by Certified Provider, Rat Sound Systems.

Along with business partner Courtney Michaelis and a third silent partner, Jon Reiser makes up the team behind Galaxy’s move from lackluster aging venue into edgy hipster hangout – one that now attracts some of the brightest up-and-coming indie acts. Reiser is no stranger to SoCal’s indie music scene, having previously spent five years as a partner and talent buyer for Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar.

Shortly after purchasing the Galaxy, Reiser brought in LA’s Foster the People to play the newly dubbed Observatory. Knowing that the club’s pre-existing PA system wouldn’t be adequate to cover the crowd for such a popular band, he turned to Rat Sound to provide a temporary dV-Dosc rig while simultaneously initiating the design process to permanently integrate a new KARAi system.

Today, the Observatory features left and right arrays each comprised of six KARAi elements flown adjacent to two SB18i subs. Four SB28 subs are also located on the floor – two housed in bunkers inside the stage plus one on each side of the stage. A custom enclosure built across the front of the stage houses four coaxial 8XT front fill speakers, while a single 115XT HiQ flown in the centre of the house two feet downstage of the stage lip serves as a downfill. All systems are powered and processed by LA8 amplified controllers housed in racks at the monitor mix position.

Rat Sound provided not only the installation of the L-Acoustics system, but the rest of the venue’s sound and lighting systems and acoustic treatments as a turnkey package. Rat Sound Director of Installations David Myers notes that the rental dV-Dosc system helped minimise the venue’s downtime to only two nights despite the significant amount of remodelling and equipment upgrades.

‘With the new acoustic treatments and KARAi system in place, the Observatory sounds phenomenal,’ says Myers. ‘KARAi is extremely coherent; it’s like having the artist right in front of you in a studio environment. And the bands, engineers, promoters and audiences are all loving the sound. The Naked and Famous recently played the room and their front-of-house engineer told us after the show that we had totally spoiled him for the rest of the dates on their tour.’

‘The Naked and Famous immediately booked another show with us for March and I know that a big part of that was because of how impressed they were with the system and production level,’ Reiser confirms. ‘We’ve had a lot of really great shows in here lately – including Scott Weiland, two nights with Young the Giant, and an epic New Year’s weekend with ATB and Tiësto – and everyone’s walked away at the end of the night being very happy with the house sound.’

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With Lebanon recovering its stability in recent years, the country’s property development the nightlife of Beirut is looking to reclaim its former title of ‘Paris of the Middle East’.

Quest HPI-8i speaker systems.Many of the city’s bars and clubs have gained international acclaim, some attracting Hollywood celebrities on a regular basis. Whether you’re after old world charm, ultra chic modernity or a seamless blend of both; the nightlife in Beirut possesses a distinguishing magic with something to offer everyone…

Quest’s Lebanon distributor, Audiotec Group, recently completed one of the more unique installation projects in Beirut at a venue called Garcia’s Pub – becoming the first installer in the world to use Quest’s HPI-8i speaker systems.

‘This was a new installation with a venue capacity of just over 100 patrons,’ says one of Audiotec’s senior partners, Ralph Choueiri. ‘It was an old house in Beirut with the typical Lebanese architecture [early 20th century, high ceiling, big rooms] and located on the ground floor. It was transformed into a pub after extensive acoustic treatment for the ceiling and the floor. One of the main challenges with the venue was the fact that there were residents still living above the pub’.

Quest HPI-8i speakersThe choice to go with Quest products was a simple decision for Ralph and his team given their history of using Quest in projects throughout Lebanon: ‘Our wide experience in Quest products tells us that the HPI series is the high-end for sound performance. This particular client had some specific demands regarding the sound quality and with the considerable amount invested into the acoustic treatment, he needed the best sound system. We originally offered the HPI-8 but during negotiations we were informed that the new model (HPI-8i) became available for shipping so we quickly amended our proposal.’

The team at Audiotec made a comparison between the original HPI-8 and the new HPI-8i in order to gauge the improvement: ‘After we received the new HPI-8i speakers, we setup an A-B to compare the HPI-8 against the new model,’ Choueiri notes. ‘We could definitely hear an improvement in performance. We totally loved the power and clarity of the HPI-8i.’

The team assessed the installation and decided a distributed speaker set-up would achieve the best result both in terms of even dispersion across the venue and minimising any spill to the outside areas or levels above the pub. ‘We chose the 8-inch HPI’s because of the pub dimensions and because we aimed for even distribution. This is why we decided to install 16 speakers. The design was completed in coordination with Quest Engineering in Melbourne who provided great help when consulted.’

The final design was comprised of 16 HPI-8i speakers driven by four QA 2004 amplifiers connected with two speakers per channel.

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The opening of the new sanctuary at St Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Powat, California, marked the culmination of more than ten years’ planning and construction.

St Gabriel’s Catholic ChurchDesigned in traditional cruciform style by design-build contractor TB Penick & Sons and architects Hyndman & Hyndman, the church’s ambition and patience are evident in its architecture.

Although visually stunning, however, the many reverberant surfaces posed a challenge for AMT Systems, the Santa Clarita, CA-based audiovisual contractor responsible for designing and installing the church’s new audio system.

Toward the front of the church, the pulpit and altar reside beneath a massive domed wood and aluminum barreled ceiling that has been blow-torched and sanded to give it a rustic appearance. Hundreds of unfinished wood pews sit atop an expansive polished concrete floor, surrounded by a drywall interior.

Like many contemporary churches, St Gabriel’s incorporates music into most worship services, with live musicians and vocalists frequently taking part in services. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, AMT Systems had to provide a steerable system with high intelligibility and musical output.

‘It’s a gorgeous looking facility, but acoustically it presented some difficult musicality and intelligibility issues,’ confirms AMT Systems’ Mike Shelton. ‘Cruciform architecture presents its own special challenges. Typically you have sound bouncing all over the place, muddying the intelligibility with echoes and timing problems. It’s very hard to get even coverage in cruciform transept spaces.’

Together with St Gabriel’s, AMT selected Iconyx digitally steerable line array loudspeaker technology from Renkus-Heinz – mounting two IC32/16-R systems on columns either side of the domed ceiling. The pastor’s mics route back to a DSP processor controlled by a Crestron touch screen and iPad. All musical instrument inputs route to a Yamaha LS9 mixer. Both inputs remain live throughout the programme or service.

Using Beamware modelling software, Shelton configured shape and throw distance to direct sound to the nave and other areas that have previously been dead spaces. Shelton reports that Beamware helped them eliminate much of the need for acoustical treatment, now only necessary on the domed ceiling to ensure maximum sound absorption from its highly reflective corrugated aluminium panels.

‘The church has really perfected their use of the Iconyx technology with this audio system,’ Shelton says. ‘They’re extremely pleased with the musical quality and the voice intelligibility is outstanding. Everybody loves the system.’

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The University of Wisconsin has equipped its new basketball arena with 20 dBTechnologies Arena 15 loudspeakers to overcome the acustic challenges of a large room with a broad range of applications.

Quandt FieldhouseBeside sporting events, Quandt Fieldhouse in Stevens Point is also the venue for ‘commencement’ ceremonies and hosts a multitude of concerts and assemblies, asking a lot of the sound system – and the design/build team.

Brian Baumann and Kent Laabs of Soundworks Systems handled the design and installation: ‘The audio system needed to be capable of high SPLs for UWSP Pointer basketball games and other athletic events,’ he explains. ‘It needed to be capable of clear music reproduction whilst maintaining high speech intelligibility for both low- and high-SPL events. On top of all that, budget was a factor.

‘The room itself presented acoustic challenges which included its mezzanine type area with tiered seating and a plexiglass-faced guard rail system. We needed to mitigate unwanted reflections from the maple floor, painted block walls and especially the plexi-glass. We divided the room into eight zones in order to accommodate the permanent seating, temporary bleachers and floor seating with delay and zone presets.

‘We researched various loudspeakers from multiple manufacturers before deciding on the Arena 15,’ he continues. ‘We had used other db Arena series products on previous installations and were familiar with their performance. We designed and bid the system using the Arena 15 based on the available horn pattern, sensitivity, power handling and price point.’

The two way passive Arena 15 offers powerful low-frequency reproduction and a compression driver with a 1.4-inch voice coil, giving it the flexibility to handle a full range of applications. With a high SPL of 129dB and weighing in at 23.7kg, it also promises easy installation.

‘Rotatable horns, M10 rigging points and their lightweight design made them very easy to install from the structure steel,’ Baumann says. ‘When it came time to tune the system, we were again amazed at their smooth and articulate response without processing. Final tuning of the system was a breeze. Now that the system is in and has been used for many athletic events and winter commencement ceremonies, it only confirms that our choice in loudspeakers was spot on and consistent with the high level of quality that our reputation is built upon.’

‘Soundworks Systems provided us with an excellent solution for our space,’ says Mitch Capelle, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. ‘The space, with its wide variety of uses, needed a system that could provide us with this kind of versatility. Soundworks Systems Inc. perfectly tailored this system to the multiple uses of this showcase facility on our campus to improve the spectator experience, no matter the event in the space.’

Based in Wisconsin, Soundworks Systems designs and installs audio, video and lighting in a variety of venues including, but not limited to, theatres, houses of worship, indoor and outdoor athletic stadia, schools, boardrooms and local government facilities. In addition, the company provides live production for touring acts and corporate events.

‘We have years of experience in the pro audio field, and the dBTechnologies loudspeakers are impressive,’ says Baumann, who has since used Arena 8s in a multi-media room at the Amherst High School (Amherst, Winsconsin), and specified more Arena 15s in a local elementary school gymnasium. ‘I don’t think the performance of these boxes can be beat at their price point.’

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The 12th quadrennial Pan Arab Games took place in Doha, Qatar recently – marking the first time that the country has hosted the multi-sport event, having beaten Lebanon in the bidding process.

Pan Arab GamesKhalifa International Stadium – which was extended in 2005 for the 2006 Asian Games, increasing its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 – was the main venue for the competition, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Norwest Productions worked alongside event sound designer Scott Willsallen, fielding a specialist crew including Ian Shapcott, Steve Caldwell, Trevor Beck and Justin Arthur. Another familiar presence at the stadium was the giant Optocore fibre-optic ring.

‘The designs for these Opening and Closing Ceremonies almost always use Optocore for the signal distribution,’ says Norwest Project Manager, Andrew Marsh. ‘We have a great investment in the Optocore brand and we hold many of the devices in our rental inventory. Optocore is a very unique product that has placed itself at the top of the signal distribution pile.’

Prior to the event, Norwest purchased an additional six new Optocore X6R-FX network converters with Ethernet to add to their extensive Optocore stock. This allowed the 19 nodes that were required – five of which five collected the bulk of the inputs on the Optocore network.

To achieve the distribution architecture the network was constructed around a mixture of Optocore DD32-E, DD32R-FX, DD4MR-FX, DD2FR-FX, X6R-FX, X6-16 In, X6-16 Out, X6-8 In/8 Out interfaces across the 19 nodes.

Around 5.5km of multimode four-core tactical fibre was used to link all nodes, enabling Norwest to use the last two cores in the cable to connect Gigabit fibre switches at each node for the purpose of running an audio LAN.

‘All nodes were used to deliver system outputs of some kind, whether it was PA system outputs, time code, paging or whateve,’ Marsh says.

AES and Madi signals were sent to line array clusters distributed around the stadium. The main L-Acoustics PA comprised 116 L-Acoustics Kudo boxes with 36 L-Acoustics SB218 subs and 16 EAW BH760 subs, and also 28 L-Acoustics dV-Dosc and eight dV-Subs. The system was powered via 54 L-Acoustics LA8 amplifiers, 36 Lab.gruppen PLM10000Q amplifiers, and mixed through a pair of DiGiCo SD8 digital consoles.

Inputs were split at the source to enter both Optocore and analogue networks at each node and outputs were fed back from the patch to Norwest’s Dolby Lake switching processors, which acted as switching devices at each node. While Optocore Madi devices were used on the primary system DiGiCo Digiracs were used on the parallel analogue redundant system.

A pair of Merging Technology Pyramix Mass Core DAW’s delivered the show audio to the Optocore network using Madi splitters and SRCs to enable both the playback machines to feed the Optocore and back-up networks simultaneously.

Each project brings its own set of challenges and in this instance Norwest’s main task was to get the equipment to site and installed in time, within a stadium that presented its own logistical difficulties. ‘In general, as people push for increased efficiency, we find that there is less and less time to install events like this. The beauty of Optocore is that it is fast and incredibly flexible in these situations plus the new generation of products has a very high I/O capability.’

The show theatre itself created a dramatic spectacle and went without a hitch. The cultural section included a number of performers from the region such as Jordanian performers Nadim Sawalha and Abeer Issa. There was a solo performance from Egyptian singer Ehab Tawfiq who performed during the pre-show. During the main ceremony there was performances from Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi and Syrian singer Asala Nasri.

Andrew Marsh attributed the success of the show to the technical design and implementation of the distribution system: ‘We were happy with how our crew and equipment performed and are looking forward to the next challenge. From our client’s point of view, it sounded great and nothing failed … so I think they are very happy.’

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Close to Copenhagen, the Broendby Hallen Arena is home to the Danish capital’s handball team, AG Kobenhavn. With seating for around 5,000, the venue recently overhauled its sound system making extensive use of DAS Audio systems.

Broendby Hallen ArenaDanish firm ProShop Europe was contracted to install the sound system, calling on Project Manager Thomas Duch and DAS Audio Sound Projects engineer Eva Argandoña for both pre-configuration and set-up of the system. Given the characteristics of the arena, with its uneven stands and other architectural challenges, the studies and simulations carried out by Argandoña led ProShop Europe to install DAS’s Aero, Variant and BiDriver series, according to the needs of the different parts of the arena.

Specifically, two linear formations of six self-powered DAS Aero 12A line array systems each have been used to cover the highest stands with the most seating. The upper section of this stand, with a roof positioned on six columns, posed significant acoustic challenges. To avoid the acoustic shadow created by these columns, a DAS Variant 112A system was set up on top of each column to take care of the acoustics of the listening area behind these unique roof supports.

Two linear formations of four self-powered DAS Aero 12A line array systems were installed to cover the opposite stand. A linear formation of five Aero 12A systems in each was enough to cover the narrow stands higher up behind the goals.

It was crucial that the sound system cover the court: four DAS BiDriver long-throw systems were installed in a zenithal position on the ceiling of the arena to get the job done. During matches, these systems ensure delivery of messages given to participants. A DAS SLA-3400 amplifier was selected to supply the corresponding amplification of the signal to these passive systems.

The finishing touch is a DAS DSP-4080 processor, which manages the six clusters of Aero systems that cover all stands and the BiDriver systems positioned on the floor, while the Variant systems positioned on the columns of the main stand are managed using a DAS DSP-2060A processor. All told, these top-of-the-line DAS products provide high-quality sound reinforcement for the Broendby Halle Arena and its thousands of avid handball fans.

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Milwaukee’s Greendale High School recently capped off renovations to its Reiman Family Arts Wing with the installation of an L-Acoustics Kiva line source system.

Greendale auditoriumDesigned and installed by Clearwing Productions, the new loudspeaker and amplifier package is now delivering high-fidelity sound reinforcement for the school’s 876-seat Henry Ross Auditorium. Working closely with GHS Theatre Director Eric Christiansen, Band Director Tom Reifenberg and District Park and Recreation Deputy Director Jackie Schweitzer, Clearwing’s Kerry Miller and Bryan Baumgardner carefully evaluated Greendale’s needs and coverage requirements for the space.

Aside from being used by all schools in the district for concerts, plays and other performances, the auditorium serves as home to Greendale Community Theatre (GCT), which most recently used the venue for its production of Avenue Q.

The district’s commitment to high quality productions for the local community required a creative approach in the design of a stereo system to replace the mono cluster previously located in the space. To ensure that every seat in the auditorium would receive the same stellar sound, Miller and Baumgardner, along with Clearwing’s Jeff Schauer, first modelled the Kiva system in SoundVision.

The new system features LR arrays each comprising six Kiva enclosures flown beneath two Kilo low-frequency systems. Positioned on the floor beneath each array is a single L-Acoustics SB18i subwoofer, while a total of six coaxial 8XTi enclosures provide front fill and delay for the house. All systems are powered by a combination of L-Acoustics LA8 and LA4 amplified controllers.

‘Dozens of audience members attending our January production of Avenue Q commented on the unbelievable sound quality of the new speakers,’ says Tom Reifenberg, who serves as both as GCT music director and Greendale High School director of bands. ‘Hearing the side-by-side difference between our old and the new system was absolutely incredible. We are very glad with our decision to install the L-Acoustics Kiva system here at Greendale High School.’

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