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Creative Technology Increases Creativity With L-ACOUSTICS

Creative Technology deployed a full KIVA/KILO system for Linkedin Talent Connect 2011 at the Las Vegas MGM Grand in mid-October

CT adds LA-RAK, KIVA/KILO and 108P to its event production inventory

LOS ANGELES — Based in Los Angeles with satellite offices in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago, Creative Technology (CT) ranks as one of the West Coast’s largest L-ACOUSTICS KUDO and dV-DOSC Rental Network companies. With 62 KUDO and 80 dV-DOSC line source systems in its collective inventory, the audio/video/staging provider has successfully used them on countless corporate functions, tradeshows, concerts and other events over the years.

Recently, CT opted to delve further into the L-ACOUSTICS catalog with the addition of four LA-RAK touring amplifier racks — each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers — 36 KIVA line source elements, 12 KILO low-frequency extension cabinets, and 20 self-powered 108P coaxial enclosures.

CT A1 Dan Robustelli with one of the Linkedin KIVA/KILO arrays

According to William Nealie, CT’s director of US audio services for the past eight years, the company’s first deployment of its new KIVA, KILO and LA-RAK gear was at a G8 Brand event in San Francisco. “Cross-renting some additional cabinets, we flew 48 KIVA and 14 KILO split into multiple clusters in a fairly narrow room with a low trim height,” he says. “KIVA was perfect seeing that the actual setup ended up being eight feet further offstage on both sides than originally designed. With any other box, the majority of our signal would have been on the wall instead of in the space. KIVA, being small, met the weight requirements, gave us the SPL we needed, and had the perfect horizontal coverage to do the trick. Plus, the flexibility and sound quality we’re getting with the LA8 presets is really nice. I’ve been advising everybody that if they use these boxes, these are they only amplifiers they’ll want to pair them with.”

CT Systems Tech Nick Sodona (right) and a stage hand preparing to hang a KILO and KIVA cluster at the MGM Grand Conference Center

With the US auto show season on the horizon, Nealie adds that he’s looking forward to putting CT’s new 108P fleet to good use. “Creative Technology provides tradeshow and press event production services for quite a few of the biggest and best-known auto manufacturers, including Ford, Volvo, Mazda, Range Rover, Jaguar, Lexus, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, Fisker and Bentley,” he says.

“Compared to the boxes we’ve used in previous years, the 108P throws a greater distance and sounds more full-bandwidth because it’s a coaxial system. So we’ll put them up over the cars for narration and turntable presenters. But it’s also flexible enough that if I have a band that needs some small wedges, or I want to throw a few of them up on sticks, these can handle those situations just as well. The 108P adds a greater level of creativity and versatility to our inventory, not to mention a better bandwidth and frequency response. I expect that we’ll be adding even more of these to our product portfolio on the next go around.”

A closer view of the Linkedin stage and an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA/KILO array

Over the past 25 years, Creative Technology has built its reputation for excellence and is today chosen by many of the world’s leading corporations to be their preferred A/V partner. For more info on the company, visit

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, KARA, 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 US market are distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.

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