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Klark Teknik For Kentucky Arts Center

United States
18 January 2007 — The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville is one of the most impressive facilities of its kind in the United States. In keeping with its reputation for world-class entertainment, education and arts programs, the centre features no less than five Midas mixing consoles (Venice 320, XL200, Heritage 1000, Heritage 2000, Heritage 3000), and recently added a rack of four Klark Teknik DN1248 Plus active analogue microphone splitters to its equipment list, keeping the “Midas sound” intact at this critical stage in the signal chain. An additional rack with a single DN1248 Plus is also on hand. Head Audio Engineer at the centre is Ted Subotky; David Doukas is Audio Department Manager.

Ted Subotky, Head Audio Engineer at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, with the Midas & KT equipment that keeps the KCPA sounding world-class

“We handle everything from presidential conventions to rock concerts to lectures, along with a handful of annual television broadcasts,” says Doukas, “so we need a mic splitter to deliver reliability, high sound quality and flexibility. And, being a Midas house, we’ve set ourselves a high sonic benchmark, so the Klark Teknik DN1248 Plus splitters were the obvious choice: as well as having Midas Heritage-derived preamps they are also the FM version, which have balanced transformers on every output. No other product could offer the sonic clarity we’re used to here.”

left to right: Terry Schwartz, Master Electrician; Bill Mengel, Production Manager; Peter Bell, Head Carpenter and Ted Subotky, Head Audio Engineer

Doukas and Subotky assembled four DN1248 Plus splitters in a custom rack with high-end multi-connectors. The rack is wired with all four sets of 48 outputs interconnected, ready for splitting into any number of FOH, monitor, recording and multi-purpose mic configurations. Also included is a high quality rack-mounted powered monitor, configured to PFL any of the 48 splitter channels utilising the Solo Link feature of the DN1248 Plus splitter.

“I’m definitely an analogue person,” Doukas adds, “and it makes sense to have the same level of “rider-friendly” sound quality we have in our consoles in our splitter rack. Analogue is ideal for this application—warm sound and plenty of headroom. Of course, that said, we’re looking forward to beta-testing a Midas XL8; digital or analogue, if it sounds like Midas and KT, it’ll work for me.”
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