One of Deer Park PAC's new Kiva/SB15m arrays
USA - When Deer Park High School, in the eponymously named suburb of Houston, underwent a massive expansion during the last decade, it emerged as a true 21st-century educational centre including a 1,500-seat proscenium theatre - the Deer Park High School Performing Arts Centre - that allows the school to properly host ambitious theatrical productions and other events.

Recently, the PAC underwent a significant audio/video systems retrofit, at the heart of which is an L-Acoustics Kiva line source array system. The new audio setup was designed and installed by the Houston-based systems integration division of LD Systems, which also has locations in Austin and San Antonio.

"The venue covers a lot of ground, so the sound system had to be great for both music and speech," explains Ray Givens, sales and design engineer at LD Systems. "They also wanted the system to be visually unobtrusive. The loudspeakers were part of a larger AV upgrade that included a new FOH console, wireless microphones, a 20K-lumen HD video projector and larger video screen, and the loudspeakers couldn't interfere with the sightlines for that. The best solution for all of these requirements was the discreet yet powerful L-Acoustics Kiva."

The loudspeaker system designed and installed by LD Systems consists of six Kiva enclosures flown below two SB15m subs per side, five 5XT coaxial enclosures mounted across the face of the stage for front fill, and two SB18 subwoofers, all powered and processed by five LA4X amplified controllers.

(Jim Evans)

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