Live events technical solutions provider NW Group has recently added 370 L-Acoustics cabinets to its inventory, including a substantial L‑Acoustics K2 system. The purchase has been made in anticipation of the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games for which NW Group’s audio brand Norwest has been chosen to supply the sound system for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The new system comprises a total of 124 K2, 24 K1-SB, 60 KS28, 72 Kiva II, 24 SB15m, 24 SB18m, 42 ARCS WiFo, and 18 LARAK II with 28 LA4X amplified controllers.
“We have had enormous success with our V-DOSC, dV‑DOSC and Kudo inventories. They have delivered a great return on investment and have been the cornerstone of our success in the sports ceremonies market,” says NW Group general manager, Gra Whitehouse. “Adding K2 made perfect business sense. It’s a ‘do everything’ box, with the superior pattern-control option of the HF waveguide, light weight, and exceptionally quick deployment. We fully expect K2 to help us grow our business in the high-level international Sports Ceremonies market.”
As well as the ceremonies, Norwest has also been engaged to supply audio systems for all the sporting venues for the Commonwealth Games. These venues were the impetus for adding the small, but powerful Kiva II, ARCS WiFo and X8. “The sports venues will also soak up the rest of our smaller L‑Acoustics stock, including some 200 dV‑DOSC, 12XT and all our 108P,” adds Graeme.
From a more traditional arts and entertainment perspective, K2 also teams well with the K1‑SB flown bass elements, and KS28 subwoofers for the large number of EDM festivals NW supplies. “K2 is the perfect box for concert touring in this configuration, as well,” explains Gra. “L‑Acoustics is the most widely specified and accepted brand in the diverse range of markets we operate in.”
NW Group’s K2 system has been working hard since hitting its Sydney warehouse. Its first outing was for the New South Wales State Schools Spectacular in Sydney’s largest indoor venue, Qudos Bank Arena. Following this, and in the same venue, the NW team re-designed the system for another week of rehearsals and performance for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival.
“We’ve always been happy with the service we’ve got from L-Acoustics and their local representatives. They’re willing to communicate and do their best to make our time-lines work,” Gra concludes. “They listen to the market and develop sensible product that fills needs. Since the establishment of their new production facility, we’ve found that to be even more so the case. And our technical crew have all fallen in love with the new system.”