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L-Acoustics Helps Restore the Legacy of the Roxian Theatre

19/07/2019

L-Acoustics Helps Restore the Legacy of the Roxian Theatre posted: 19/07/2019

The newly reopened Roxian Theatre in all its splendor following an extensive $9 million renovation

This historic and grand venue is pioneering the comeback of its Pittsburgh suburb,

and a newly-installed Kara(i) system is a major component of its success formula

Once a rough-and-tumble cog in Pittsburgh's steel and coal industries, McKees Rocks has become a pleasant suburb with an interesting past and a bright future thanks to several major projects sparking the renewals of its downtown. The jewel of these is the renaissance of the long-shuttered Roxian Theatre, which reopened in May with a terrific slate of upcoming headliners for the 1,400-seat venue, including Snarky Puppy, Bruce Hornsby, Bad Religion, The Psychedelic Furs, Common, Avril Lavigne, and !!!. One of the things helping to attract acts of this caliber is the Roxian's new L-Acoustics Kara(i) loudspeaker system, which was designed and installed by Hollowood Music & Sound.

The 90-year-old theater, once a former vaudeville house, had closed in 2003 and remained vacant until local entrepreneur John Pergal, who also owns nearby Lawrenceville's Thunderbird Caf & Music Hall, worked with several partners to buy the property from the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation in December of 2017 as part of the neighborhood's reawakening.

But Pergal isn't just an owner; he and his blues band, the Pawnbrokers, will often play the club, such as the acoustic-duo sets he does with the band's guitarist on Friday nights before the opening act. Acoustics and sound systems are afterthoughts at a lot of venues, he says. But not at this one. We had to have the best, and now we do.

Hollowood Music & Sound flew a dozen L-Acoustics Kara(i) array enclosures per side at the Roxian Theatre, each backed by three SB18i subs

Hollowood Music & Sound, whose Brad Hollowood represents the 54-year-old company's third generation and also supervises its installation department, may have found the theater's location convenient-his store is literally several doors down from the venue-but the venue itself presented some sonic challenges.

Accommodating 1,400 music fans, Roxian's new L-Acoustics loudspeaker system is already helping draw popular touring acts to play the venue

The theater has a pretty large balcony, and the intent was to host a wide range of music genres, so the sound system had to be able to cover all those bases, says Hollowood, adding that his installation department has also done projects at Heinz Hall and for the Pittsburgh Symphony. We used L-Acoustics Soundvision software to get a very precise acoustical model of what the sound would do in this space, and when we plugged Kara into those specifications, it came back a perfect match.

UK-based funk/soul band The New Mastersounds performed at the theater's ceremonial grand opening event held on May 10

The Kara(i) enclosures also offered the compact form factor needed to maintain clear sightlines from the balcony, and the kind of weight-to-performance ratio that made it a good candidate for the near century-old venue's ceiling. Kara's size and weight were ideal for this project, he says. Plus it's a clean looking system, which is certainly important for an historic venue like this.

Hollowood Music & Sound Installation Technicians Nathan Shapert and Dylan Engles received training on Soundvision, as part of the company becoming an L-Acoustics Certified Provider for installs (CPi), and worked closely with L-Acoustics Product Manager Scott Sugden and Application Engineer Jesse Stevens to refine the system design before installation and system tuning after it was in place. Hollowood cites that kind of close support and collaboration for why Hollowood Music & Sound is an all-L-Acoustics house. They have the products we need for a wide variety of jobs and the experience to support us for all of them, he says. And, of course, they all sound awesome.

Roxian Theatre's new sound system consists of two dozen Kara(i) enclosures, hung 12 per side and each backed by three SB18i subs, all powered by seven LA8 amplified controllers. In addition, four KS28 subs are positioned underneath the stage, powered by one LA12X amplifier. Six short throw X8 loudspeakers, driven by a single LA4X, are used as frontfills, while eight more X8 fill in under the balcony, powered by another LA4X. On stage, 11 larger X12 serve as monitor wedges powered by yet another LA4X, and three SB18m are used as stage sidefill subs and for the drumfill, collectively powered by two LA12X.

For the Roxian Theatre's official grand opening on May 15, Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion act Snarky Puppy packed out the house

Venue Owner and Managing Partner John Pergal is superbly pleased with the performance of Kara(i), both as a club impresario and as a musician. The vocal clarity is amazing and the bass is really tight, he enthuses. I've personally played through many line arrays, and I go out to lots of different venues all the time to hear music, and this system sounds as good or better than any I've listened to-including the monitors, which most club owners will never hear! For me, the whole idea of restoring the Roxian was about the live music; that's what I'm in it for. I want it to be a great experience for everyone who comes here, and with our L-Acoustics system, it absolutely is.

About L-Acoustics

Founded in 1984 near Paris, France, L-Acoustics is the market leader in professional sound reinforcement technologies. With over 400 team members worldwide and offices in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York, L-Acoustics is present in over 80 countries via our network of Certified Providers. Focused on solutions that elevate the audience experience,
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