Wheel of Fortune taping on location in New Orleans
L-ACOUSTICS enclosures also used for Orlando taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show
NEW ORLEANS — Production Resource Group’s (PRG) Los Angeles office reports that it recently deployed an L-ACOUSTICS KARA System for a location taping of the popular television game show Wheel of Fortune in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Over the course of three days in mid-April, Wheel of Fortune taped 15 episodes — enough for three weeks of broadcasts — before an audience of nearly 3,000 people in Hall J of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
L-ACOUSTICS KARA arrays and SB18 subs served as mains for the show’s live studio audience
For sound reinforcement, PRG flew an LCR system of three arrays each comprised of ten KARA enclosures, with LF provided by a total of eight SB18 flown four per side. Out-fill areas were addressed by a pair of 12XT enclosures, while another two of the coaxials were located on the set for stage announce. The delay system consisted of two hangs of nine dV-DOSC positioned 110 feet out into the room. All L-ACOUSTICS enclosures were powered by LA series amplified processors.
“When we go on location, we carry everything in with us,” says PRG Audio System Design/FOH Mixer Bill Daly who has handled all of Wheel of Fortune‘s remote tapings for the past 15 years. “To transform the host environment into a full television studio, we have seven trucks of sets and draping, six lighting trucks, and a full 53-foot semi trailer solely dedicated to sound equipment — it’s quite a production.
PRG’s Bill Daly preparing to man Wheel of Fortune‘s house mix at the Morial Convention Center
“I’ve typically specified dV-DOSC for Wheel in the past, but this time we had the opportunity to fly our new KARA arrays and I was extremely pleased with their performance. The distribution of sound throughout the hall was extremely even, and I felt that KARA’s sound was smoother with better high-end coverage off-axis than our previous setup. Everyone that commented to me said they really enjoyed the listening experience.”
Just two weeks prior to the Wheel of Fortune tapings, Daly and PRG successfully used the same KARA enclosures at Universal CityWalk in Orlando to record two episodes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in front of a crowd of more than 5,000. In addition to the KARAs on the main stage, PRG set up a V-DOSC/dV-DOSC side stage for the show’s musical guests, which included Duran Duran and Kelly Clarkson.
About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to a wide range of markets, including corporate and automotive events, concerts, special events, theatre, television and film, trade shows, and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 33 offices in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more info on Production Resource Group, visit www.prg.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.” L-ACOUSTICS products for the US market are distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.
All photos: Wes Middleton and Jimmi Johnson, Creativity Center,2cpro.com
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