Rat Sound carries KARA system for musician’s latest North American tour
CAMARILLO, California — Folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson just wrapped up a month-long North American tour leg on October 20 supporting his latest album, From Here To Now To You. Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems, Inc., which has been Johnson’s live production provider in the States for the past 13 years, deployed a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA rig for the latest trek, which stopped at what the artist considered the “most beautiful and intimate” theaters across the continent.
According to Systems Engineer Andrew Gilchrest, the Rat crew typically flew 15 KARA line source array enclosures below two SB18 subs per side, with an additional two SB18 per side set up on the floor. For venues with extended balconies, however, the left and right hangs were split into two arrays: eight KARA in the air, plus seven KARA positioned over two SB18 onstage for the orchestra level. LA8 amplified controllers powered and processed all systems.
It is interesting to note that although Rat Sound also carried four SB28 double-18″ subs, they were never utilized due to the ample low end delivered by the much more compact single-18″ SB18 enclosures, which cover LF down to 32 Hz.
“A number of the theaters on this tour had fairly deep balconies, so getting sufficient coverage below presented a challenge,” Gilchrest describes. “However, the ability to ground-stack a portion of the KARA cabinets on top of the subs nicely solved those issues. Also, given the nature of Jack’s music, his show isn’t particularly loud but certainly needs to sound natural and clear, which this system excels at. KARA’s size, flexibility and sound are all fantastic and it was a great choice for the tour.”
Performing to crowds of up to 3,500 fans each night, every single date on Johnson’s recent North American theater tour completely sold out. For more details, visit www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/tour.
Rat Sound Systems’ home on the Web is located at www.ratsound.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, 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.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, California.
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Photo credits: Andrew Gilchrest