Los Angeles, CA (June 16, 2021)—L.A.’s latest concert venue, The Vermont Hollywood, takes its unusual name from its location, North Vermont Avenue. Much like its name, the rest of the facility is a little different as well. First opening as a cinema back in 1939, the newly revamped space is now a 11,000-square-foot, multipurpose live performance venue capable of hosting 1,200 people, all of whom will be covered by a permanent L-Acoustics K3 loudspeaker system, supplied and installed by Camarillo-based RAT Sound Systems.
The venue, designed by Santa Monica-based Ryder Design & Architecture, features a 56-foot wide by 75-foot deep main room with a 30-foot-deep balcony, initially prompting RAT Sound to consider an L-Acoustics K2 or Kara system for the project. “In our early Soundvision models, K2 far exceeded our system needs for the space, so we switched over to Kara, which we knew would work well,” recalls RAT Sound Systems integration manager Adam Figueroa. Plans changed, however, when the L-Acoustics K3 was announced. “K3 was exactly what we needed,” he said. “It gave us the compact, full-range system we wanted without having to fly any sub hangs, and the system didn’t require any changes in amplification.”
Now in place, The Vermont Hollywood’s loudspeaker system features eight K3 flown per side for mains, four Kiva II spread out across the stage lip for frontfill, and six KS28 subs positioned under the stage. Left and right flown sidefills each comprised of one A15 Focus over one A15 Wide are complemented on stage by an X12 monitor package, while short-throw X4i and 5XT enclosures are located out in the lobby area for additional coverage. Driven by LA12X amplified controllers, the entire system is connected via AVB with an AES fallback coming from an L-Acoustics P1 processor at FOH. A QSC S-SYS system is also in place for control of the main PA and processing for the distributed audio system, and a DiGiCo SD12 mixing console is located at the venue’s FOH mix position.
Jacques Massachi, co-founder and managing partner of the venue’s owner, MCAP Partners, was pleased with Figueroa and RAT’s results, noting, “What they brought to the table allowed us to transform what was effectively an empty shell into a technologically superior venue—the best-sounding space we’ve ever heard! We definitely hit a home run with L-Acoustics and RAT together, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear our K3 system for themselves.”
The Vermont Hollywood • www.VermontHollywood.com
RAT Sound Systems • www.ratsound.com
L-Acoustics • www.l-acoustics.com