L-Acoustics KIVA enclosures
The View—ABC Daytime's Emmy Award–winning talk show featuring Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd—kicked off its current season with a brand new set design and complete overhaul of its studio audience sound reinforcement system.
Sound designer Dan Gerhard specified a full L-Acoustics rental package for this project. It comprises 26 KIVA enclosures split among seven arrays collectively processed and powered by four LA4 amplified controllers. Gerhard worked closely with both Bob Rendon and Matt Bell of PRG Audio's Mount Vernon crew, which supplied, installed and commissioned the new system in TV Studio 24 at ABC Television Center East in New York City (Manhattan).
L-Acoustics 12XT coaxial enclosure
The network additionally chose to purchase six L-Acoustics 12XT coaxial enclosures, plus several more LA4 amplifiers, as a permanent monitor package for The View's guest musician performance area.
Unlike most other talk shows that feature a single host and guest, The View features five hosts plus guests seated in close proximity to the audience, creating a somewhat challenging acoustical environment. However, according to Jeffrey Rothfus, engineering manager, ABC Daytime, "The tight pattern of our flown KIVA arrays allowed the sound designers to raise the sound level delivered to the audience without increasing bleed-through to the talent microphones."
According to Matt Bell, who served as the project manager for the install: "From the front row seats on the main floor all the way to the back of the grandstands, the KIVA hangs have dramatically improved both intelligibility and coverage throughout the room. The new loudspeaker arrangement also allowed us to reduce the number of zones from more than 10 down to seven, which has simplified mixing and generally made everything more coherent.
"Out of all of the line array products I've worked with, I have to add that KIVA is by far the easiest one I've ever hung—and not just because it's one of the smallest boxes on the market. L-Acoustics really did a fantastic job in designing its integral rigging system. It's remarkably simple to use."