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Miami University upgrades with L-Acoustics

Cincinnati-based Loud & Clear installs portable L-Acoutics KARA system at Miami University's Millett Hall.

The John D. Millett Hall on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio is best recognised as home to the school’s popular RedHawks basketball and volleyball teams. The 9,200-capacity venue, which is also well known as the site for the school’s commencement exercises, as well as concerts and other events, has been installed with an L-Acoustics KARA system.

With the facility’s aging distributed PA system struggling to even accommodate announcements at sporting events, the school had been relying on Cincinnati-based L-Acoustics Certified Provider Loud & Clear to supply a sound reinforcement system each time it hosted a concert. The university decided an installed system would prove more effective, leading Loud & Clear to install an L-Acoustics KARA system.

Used for concerts and games alike, the new sound system is comprised of left and right 12-enclosure KARA arrays flown on the north end of the court. Ground-stacked below each array is a stack of four SB28 subs arranged in a cardioid configuration. Six LA8 amplified controllers housed in custom racks power and process the entire system.

Although the KARA will spend most of its life flown in Millett Hall, the system was designed to be portable in the event that the school wishes to use all or part of it at the Department of Music’s 735-seat Hall Auditorium or for an outdoor concert. Motorised hoists permit the arrays to easily be lowered and removed, while additional hardware allows the cabinets to be stacked or flown elsewhere on campus when needed for smaller events.

“The KARA system in Millett Hall is being used for everything from sporting events and concerts to lectures and graduation ceremonies,” commented Eric Cimini, installation manager at Loud & Clear. “One of the biggest things the client requested going into this project was that the coverage be extremely consistent throughout the entire venue. They wanted everyone to hear exactly the same thing – from the cheerleaders right below the PA to the athletes on the court to the final row of seats at the other end of the arena. Looking at these little 12-box arrays, one might not expect them to cover the space as well as they do, but KARA totally delivers.”

“With our new L-ACOUSTICS system, we went from hearing multiple complaints about the sound at every event to hearing multiple compliments,” enthuses Brad Clark, facility director for Miami University’s Millet Hall and Hall Auditorium. “Everyone has been absolutely thrilled with it; I’ve not heard a single complaint since it was installed.”

The venue was previously contracting out 10 to 15 events a-year, but this costly and time-consuming requirement has been eliminated with installation of a new system.