Helsinki Music Hall installs L-Acoustics Kiva

Finnish distributor and system integrator Starlike has installed an L-Acoustics Kiva WST line-source system into the Helsinki Music Hall.

The hall will mainly be used by the Radio Symphony Orchestra (YLE/The Finnish Broadcasting Company), the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy. The hall will also be used fir other types of music, such as Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica, who are set to perform at the venue later this year.

"The objective was to maintain even SPL and smooth tonal balance for all sections," said Starlike’s Pauli Molnár. “This led to the choice of speakers with similar physical properties: consistent tonal balance and technology. An L-Acoustics line source system was deemed to be the ideal choice, as the modularity of its curvature ensures excellent homogeneity of coverage, even tonal balance and adequate SPL throughout the audience."

The system is configured as front, rear and side sound sources located in the ceiling, flown on the canopy at a height of approximately 15.5m above ground level. The central cluster is designed to provide definition and clarity for the furthest members of the audience in the hall.

Two hangs of nine KIVAs have been flown from the canopy, providing even coverage for the front audience areas until intersecting with the existing front fills. An additional two hangs of eight KIVAs are flown at the same height to cover rear audience areas, while two hangs of six KIVAs at the same height cover the side audience areas.