Tuacahn Centre comes back to L-Acoustics

One could say that Tuacahn Centre for the Arts, the 42,000sq.ft arts centre, located in the mouth of Utah’s Padre Canyon, is steady as a rock. Not surprising since it’s located adjacent to the Snow Canyon State Park and features a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the state’s Red Mountains.

Tuacahn offers theatregoers a unique experience: the facility, completed in 1995, includes a 1,920-seat outdoor amphitheatre, 328-seat indoor theatre, black box theatre, dance studio and more. But what its lengthy show season, which includes two or three productions on the amphitheatre stage, also offers is great sound.

For the last 10 years, that was assured by an L-Acoustics dV-DOSC sound system. Beginning this year, Tuacahn entered its next decade with sound from a newly installed L-Acoustics Kara line array system. Installed in April by Poll Sound, which also installed the previous dV-DOSC system, the new rig consists of an LCR three-hang array of 11 Kara boxes each, as well as four SB18 subs flown two per side outboard of the left and right main hangs

Further rounding out the new L-Acoustics system complement are 14 coaxial X8 enclosures used for low-front fills and stage monitors, and a dozen larger X12 enclosures: eight facing forward from the rear of the stage and four used for on-stage-fills. The entire system is powered by six LA8 and six LA4X amplified controllers.

“The dV-DOSC sound system worked incredibly well here for ten years; it was subjected to intense heat during the days and rain and other elements year-round, but it never let them down,” recalls Deward Timothy, Poll Sound’s owner and president, referring to temperatures that routinely hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. “We recommended the Kara as the best choice for a new system to follow that.”

As well as dV-DOSC accomplished covering the venue’s seating area and keeping sonic energy off of the rock walls, the Kara system has improved on that. “The coverage is exceptional – incredibly precise,” says Timothy. The theatre operators are immensely happy with it, and so are we. Here’s to 10 more years of L-Acoustics there!”

Info: www.l-acoustics.com

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