In 1997, KiAN Concert Sound Services in Vancouver became the first Canadian company west of Toronto to own an L-Acoustics V-DOSC system, and now, more than two decades later, the sound reinforcement provider has re-invested in L-Acoustics with a new system built on K2 and Kara.
Sharing inventory between its Vancouver and Seattle area locations, KiAN’s latest system complement, delivered in May, is comprised of 48 K2 and 24 Kara enclosures, 24 KS28, eight K1-SB and four SB18 subs, 10 LA-RAK II touring racks — each loaded with three LA12X amplified controllers — and three Milan-certified P1 AVB processors. In tandem with the purchase, the company will soon be granted L-Acoustics Certified Provider status (CPr) upon completion of the mandatory in-depth product training that has been delayed due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions.
“We purchased V-DOSC 23 years ago and our system continues to give us great ROI,” says KiAN President and Owner Mark Reimann, who first joined the company in 1985. “It’s been out on tour with Willie Nelson and ZZ Top and used at the Merritt Mountain and Squamish Valley Music Festivals, just to name a few clients over the years. We also installed V-DOSC at the iconic Commodore Ballroom in 1997, and it’s still in use there, demonstrating the quality, reliability and long-term rider acceptability of the L-Acoustics product.”
Based on this success with V-DOSC and recommendations from its engineers, the company again turned to L-Acoustics. “We’re always looking toward the future and seeking better ways to support our customers, so earlier this year, when the timing was right for us to grow our inventory with new loudspeaker systems, it was not a hard decision,” concludes KiAN general manager Derek Mahaffey. “We love the power-to-weight ratio of K2, and with how light the enclosure is, we feel it will be the perfect solution to a common problem where other PAs are too heavy to achieve the vertical coverage needed. Our clients are all very happy to hear that we’ve added it to our inventory and they’re looking forward to using it soon.”