The Clearwing Productions crew preparing to fly its new L-ACOUSTICS K1 system at Summerfest in Milwaukee
Early V-DOSC adopter joins K1/KUDO Pilot Program seeking to grow business to next level
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin -- Based in Milwaukee with a satellite operation in Phoenix, Clearwing Productions is celebrating its 25th anniversary this spring with a significant new investment for its customers: a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 large-format line source array loudspeaker system.
Looking back on a quarter century of premier live event production, Clearwing is also recognized for its decade-long partnership with L-ACOUSTICS, having been one of the first North American companies to adopt the V-DOSC system. It is highly fitting, then, that Clearwing has now become one of the first US companies to join L-ACOUSTICS' K1/KUDO Pilot Program.
Clearwing audio engineer Almir Lejlic with a few of the company's new LA-RAK touring racks
Already possessing a substantial quantity of KUDO enclosures and SB28 subs in its inventory, Clearwing has now satisfied the K Standard requirements by adding 48 K1 enclosures, 24 K1-SB subs, eight more SB28 and 24 LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers. This, of course, rounds out an already full arsenal of L-ACOUSTICS enclosures, including numerous coaxial systems, ARCS, dV-DOSC and approximately 100 V-DOSC.
"I first heard K1 for myself back in February while we were in Miami doing NFL's big Tailgate 2010 Super Bowl party," recalls Gregg Brunclik, president and CEO of Clearwing Productions. "While we were there, we went down to South Beach to check out the K1 rig at the Pepsi Smash party. They were flying 16-box arrays and the performance and fidelity were absolutely impeccable. It was apparent that L-ACOUSTICS had once again raised the bar."
What initially impressed Brunclik the most was the high-frequency throw capability of the K1 enclosure. "The highs were easily throwing 900 feet, which could eliminate the need for delay arrays in many venues," he says. "When you can do away with two or three delay towers for a baseball park or stadium show, there's money to be saved. Plus, the K1 rigging facilities are fantastic. I came back from that event and placed my order shortly thereafter."
The K1 rig in place at Summerfest's Miller Lite Oasis stage
Clearwing took delivery of its K1 system in early June and will be flying the new enclosures on two main stages at the huge 11-day Summerfest festival in Milwaukee. The Miller Lite Oasis, which will host acts like Sheryl Crow, 311, Modest Mouse and DEVO, is set to sport left and right arrays each comprised of three K1-SB, six K1 and three dV-DOSC, with six SB28 per side in a cardioid configuration to augment the low-end reinforcement. An identical system will also be in use on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, where the likes of Jeff Beck, Puddle Of Mudd, The Offspring and Counting Crows will perform.
"With K1, we're not only buying a stellar audio product, we're buying a marketing tool as well," Brunclik points out. "After purchasing our first 24 V-DOSC boxes ten years ago, our phone rang more often as a result of having that product in our inventory. If our K1 system produces the same result -- and I fully expect it will -- it will allow us to gain additional market share and potentially evolve into a new echelon of business.
"Although we'd normally choose to deploy V-DOSC or KUDO at Summerfest, we want to put as many engineers in front of K1 to help build its 'buzz', just like the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals did earlier this year. We want to provide first-hand exposure for as many audio professionals as possible so they can hear for themselves that there really is nothing else out there that can compare."
For more information on Clearwing Productions, visit www.clearwing.com.
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a "total system approach." L-ACOUSTICS products for the North American market are manufactured and distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
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