Starlike – L-Acoustics’ Finnish distributor and system integrator – has installed a KIVA WST line source system into the Helsinki Music Hall.
While the main users of the hall are the Radio Symphony Orchestra (YLE/The Finnish Broadcasting Company), the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy, the 1,700-seat hall is regularly booked for many other types of musical event.
The system is configured as front, rear and side sound sources located in the ceiling, flown on the canopy at a height of approximately 15.5m above ground level. Two hangs of nine KIVAs have been flown from the canopy, providing even coverage for the front audience areas until intersecting with the existing front fills. A further two hangs of eight KIVAs are flown at the same height to cover rear audience areas, while two hangs of six KIVAs at the same height cover the side audience areas.
The set-up also includes two vertically-mounted SB18i subwoofers, while power comes from five LA8 amplified controllers. An additional coaxial system of eight 12XTs, powered by four LA4s, will be used as floor monitors and for other point source applications.
Starlike’s Pauli Molnár commented: “The objective was to maintain even SPL and smooth tonal balance for all sections. This led to the choice of speakers with similar physical properties: consistent tonal balance and technology. An L-Acoustics line source system was deemed to be the ideal choice, as the modularity of its curvature ensures excellent homogeneity of coverage, even tonal balance and adequate SPL throughout the audience.”