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Kara comes back around

Kara comes back around

Kara comes back around

L-Acoustics has built upon its flagship Kara line array, adding flexible directivity with the new Kara II modular line source. Kara II features Panflex, which gives it four-in-one directivity, and is built to fit with any sound design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution for precise focus in four different directivity patterns: 70–110° symmetrical and 90° asymmetrical, steering to either the left or right.

When used in its 70° configuration, Kara II reaches a peak of 2dB higher than when it’s used at 110°, reaching 142dB. Kara II is a two-way, active WST enclosure with a bandwidth (–10dB) between 55Hz and 20kHz when in its 70° configuration. The system weighs in at 26kg.

Existing Kara owners are not to be left out in the dark, though. L-Acoustics notes that Kara sales continue to rise, so the French manufacturer is also releasing a kit to upgrade existing Kara modules with Panflex, effectively transforming them into Kara II units.

‘When we introduced Panflex to the industry, our clients told us this was the only thing missing from Kara,’ said Florent Bernard, executive director of application design at L-Acoustics.We listened, and the new Kara II brings our medium-format line array into a new era of added directivity and improved polar stability.’

The LA-RAK II AVB flyable touring rack
The LA-RAK II AVB flyable touring rack

L-Acoustics has released another sequel in the form of the LA-RAK II AVB flyable touring rack, which offers 12 channels of amplification in a 9U frame. It includes three Milan-certified LA12X amplified controllers, two LS10 AVB switches and power and signal distribution panels that have been prewired to offer plug-and-play, reliable and redundant networked audio.

‘Launching a dedicated AVB rack is our way of making tours and mobile installations as fast and simple as possible for sound professionals, while further improving audio quality,’ explained Genio Kronauer, director of the electronics development.

The pair of LS10 AVB switches, occupying a space of 1U within the rack, facilitate dual network redundancy and a full AVB ecosystem from a P1 processor at FOH to the Milan-certified amplified controllers. If a failure occurs on the primary audio network, the redundant AVB network will automatically switch over with no audio loss. Up to eight channels in one AVB stream can be passed over a single cable.

The LA-RAK II AVB is rugged, featuring a shock-absorbing inner frame, and protective and handling elements to withstand life on the road. It is compatible with any voltage standard as well as legacy LA-RAK II and LA-RAK standards.

In brief, L-Acoustics has released a significant software update for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology that will enable users to monitor the positioning of any tracked object in a 3D view. With L-ISA Controller version 2.0, source parameters – including pan, width, distance and elevation – can be mapped and scaled to all certified tracking systems.

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