Sonitus principal Fred Vogler, an L.A.-based independent consultant, sound designer and engineer, recommended the setup of four ultra-compact KIVA line source array elements flown below a single KILO LF extension on each side of the intimate Thayer Hall stage. “I’ve had success using L-ACOUSTICS speakers at the Hollywood Bowl,” explains Vogler, who works the entire summer season of L.A. Philharmonic and contemporary music events at the Hollywood Bowl, which features substantial V-DOSC® and dV-DOSC arrays. “My experience with L-ACOUSTICS has shown that it’s a great speaker for all types of music, whether it’s heavy rock or subtle classical amplification.”
The KIVA and KILO systems, which were introduced less than a year ago, appealed for the new Thayer Hall installation for a number of reasons, he says. “These are the baby brothers of the dV-DOSC and brand new on the scene, and we didn’t need something that was too imposing. Especially in a small concert hall, you don’t want a large eyesore of loudspeaker technology. The coloring and shape of them also matches the style of this facility.”
Sonitus is an affiliation of independent consultants that offers sonic environment solutions, says Vogler. “There are a couple of folks that work with me and we divvy up the workload; somebody designs the audio network paths, someone looks over the video elements.”
Thayer Hall, which opened in September, is additionally outfitted for webcasting, video displays and long-distance teaching. “We’re excited because the L-ACOUSTICS system integrates well with all of the digital networking that we’re providing,” shares Vogler. “We have CobraNet for live sound and EtherSound for recorded elements. We can channel it locally at each of the performance venues or distribute it throughout the campus, including the internal cable video network.”
The new hall is part of a $120 million, 326,000 square-foot, 12-story expansion of the Colburn School, known as the Olive building, that incorporates performance, rehearsal and teaching facilities, a student lounge and publicly accessible cafeteria, and residential housing for up to 145 students. The performance space is also used for student film nights. “They have a large screen that can drop down on the upstage side of the stage,” Vogler reports. “The KIVA arrays then become the left and right channels for the movie sound.”
The Colburn School has been at its present Grand Avenue location, separated by a plaza from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stone’s throw from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, since 1998. It comprises a School of Performing Arts and a degree-granting Conservatory of Music. All four programs offered by the Conservatory are fully endowed and cover tuition, room and board costs for each student.
The campus also houses the 450-seat Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, considered to be acoustically one of the best performance spaces in the L.A. area, the Mayman Hall, a 100-seat recital hall, and two Rehearsal Halls that are additionally used for instruction and also accommodate recording.
For more information on Colburn School and its facilities, visit www.colburnschool.edu.