Technotrix (Calumet City, IL) has signed on as an L-Acoustics Certified Provider for the rental market (CPr) and expanded its equipment inventory with its first L-Acoustics purchase, a “K Standard” Kara package.
From humble, garage-based beginnings in 1992 as a mobile DJ service, Technotrix has grown into one of the Chicago area’s leading event services providers, supplying audio, lighting and staging for a range of applications.
The company’s new gear complement is primarily comprised of two-dozen Kara enclosures paired with eight KS28 and eight SB18 subs. Four coaxial X8 enclosures flexibly serve both monitoring and short-throw PA applications, and a new P1 audio processor brings powerful processing and AVB compatibility to the full rig. Two LA-RAK II—each loaded with three LA12X amplified controllers—plus three standalone LA12X supply the requisite power.
“I first mixed on Kara as a freelancer working on a corporate gig at the Field Museum of Natural History years ago and was definitely impressed with its output and fidelity for such a small enclosure,” says Technotrix audio department manager Brent Bernhardt, who has been with the company since 2012. “Since then, we’ve really seen an increase in artists and production managers specifying particular speaker brands, and L-Acoustics is always at the top of those lists. The time had come for us to expand our inventory, so we decided to diversify our offerings to meet what our clients were asking for, which was L-Acoustics.”
Since acquiring the new K Standard package, Technotrix has deployed it on a myriad of local productions, notably including ACE Comic Con Midwest as well as a private event for DEX Imaging featuring a concert by Pitbull on the MLB Cubs’ Wrigley Field. The Kara rig has also hit the road for corporate events throughout the Midwest and has also traveled down to Orlando to serve multiple hotel ballroom sites for biopharmaceutical manufacturer AbbVie’s national sales meetings.
“Our Comic Con client loved our Kara deployment and was familiar with the product before we began the job,” Bernhardt notes. “Wrigley Field’s production manager favorably commented on the cardioid setting on the subs; we were using the new X presets. And AbbVie’s FOH engineers were all very pleased and had great shows with numerous positive remarks.”
“Kara is such a versatile, fantastic-sounding box,” he continues. “Its size-to-weight ratio makes it useable in so many situations, and its output far exceeds its compact appearance. I also love the KS28 subs; they’re solid, smooth and deep, and we rarely need to deploy many to get a great outcome.”