Tom Marshall specifies KV2 for UK productions
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
tomm6Tom Marshall currently has five UK-wide touring productions out with KV2
UK - KV2 Audio’s rise and rise within the Broadway, West End and UK touring theatre world has happened in no small part due to a band of sound designers willing to listen to products outside of the so-called established mainstays of the theatre market.
One of these designers reaping the rewards of KV2’s True Point Source approach to loudspeaker design is UK based Tom Marshall.
First exposed to KV2 in 2014, Tom has been specifying KV2 products with increasing regularity and currently has five UK-wide touring productions out with KV2 – An Officer & A Gentleman, Jungle Book, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy For You and Flashdance.
These are in addition to numerous other shows at Leicester’s Curve, pantos in Richmond and Glasgow and the recurring UK winter tour of Nativity! The Musical2017-2020.
“I was introduced to KV2 along with Richard Brooker by Ross Portway and after experiencing the active EX10 and EX12 boxes on a few shows I decided to start specifying them on my own productions,” Tom explains.
“There are many loudspeakers that I like and for me it comes down to using the right tools for the job, as well as what budget will allow. When listening in comparison to other manufacturers of similar specification I was very pleasantly surprised at the KV2 range.
“The beauty of KV2 is that all the products deliver a great transparent sound with more than sufficient power for boxes of their size. That plus the fact that they are very reasonably priced make KV2 a perfect choice for nearly all applications. The HF dispersion is always very wide and as standalone boxes they deliver much more than you expect them to, something very useful in Theatre.
“I love that they are very full range boxes and I find this extremely useful when trying to give consistent and coherent sound in Theatres and unusual venues. The feedback rejection is great, which again is a big plus for head worn microphones on performers.”
Tom’s current UK touring productions all move on a weekly basis so speed and ease of set-up is vital and KV2’s Active EX and Active-Driven ESR True Point Source products were the sensible solution for Tom.
“For the ‘quieter’ shows I tend to use a combination of EX 10’s and EX 12’s as I feel they give a lovely full-range sound for light reinforcement as well as a nice crisp vocal.
“For the larger ‘Pop’ style musicals I have the EX 15’s as a go to box for it’s quality, especially at higher SPL’s and more recently I have been using the ESR 2.15’s as a proscenium speaker because of it’s extremely wide 110° HF dispersion. It is perfect for a stalls speaker where it reaches far in to the middle section of seating areas.”
KV2 Audio’s UK managing director Jonathan Reece adds, “It is a real privilege for us having sound designers like Tom specifying KV2 products a sharing the same passion for pushing boundaries and creating the next level in theatre sound.”
(Jim Evans)

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