Flexibility and configurability were key design considerations for the audio system installed in the new 6,000-seat YouTube Theater in Hollywood Park, a nearly 300-acre sports and entertainment destination developed by the owner / president of the Rams. Los Angeles, E. Stanley Kroenke in Inglewood, California. . Located under the same roof as SoFi Stadium and the American Airlines Plaza, YouTube Theater is equipped with an extensive speaker system from L-Acoustics that can handle everything scheduled in the venue, from concerts and from comedies to esports tournaments, awards shows and beyond.
The 227,000-square-foot three-level theater features a 3,500-square-foot premium club, 1,200-square-foot back-of-home hospitality space, six luxury dressing rooms, and incredible views from the front seats. all levels.
The theater’s left and right mainline rows each include 15 K2 speakers out of six Kara IIs, with a center row of nine K2s out of six Kara IIs. Due to the width of the seating area, nine K2s with six Kara II boxes suspended on each side of the proscenium provide filling. Two suspensions of eight KS28 subwoofers are placed behind the central array in a cardioid configuration, with another 12 KS28 positioned on the floor across the width of the stage. A dozen compact Kiva IIs arranged along the edge of the stage provide infill, while 36 Kara IIs cover both balconies. Ten A10i Wide offers coverage under the balcony and a luxury box. A combination of multiple LA12X and LA2Xi amplified controllers drives the entire system, which is managed by two P1 digital audio processors, all running on a redundant AVB network with analog backup.
“The system performs very well,” says Ryan Knox, head of audio system design for multidisciplinary technology and acoustics design company Idibri. Using Soundvision speaker system design and site modeling software, Idibri generated several system configuration options for the site to review, Knox explains. “The holistic design needed to adapt and network with anything. We worked in collaboration with Hollywood Park, the 3G integrator and L-Acoustics to optimize the system and provide the room with a very good kit of components.
“From a business point of view, since we have such a high volume of programming (shows, concerts, etc.), it is better to use the same sound system,” says Andrew Tomlin, sound engineer at YouTube Theater. . “L-Acoustics systems are in high demand these days. Anyone can modify our home system as they wish without having to hook up their own equipment. We want people to have a great experience with the sound system, whatever parts they choose to use.
While the L-Acoustics speaker setup is designed to accommodate any production, it can be reconfigured for specific events. According to Knox, the stage is wide enough that a center board is needed. In addition to being a fill for the left and right arrays, it is available to be used as a dedicated center board to support speech and improve location in the center of the stage. “And for the two Bon Iver shows coming in late October, they will complement the house system with a few additional tables to provide an immersive L-ISA environment.”
Tomlin reports that YouTube Theater has had a busy schedule of events since it opened in early September and that the venue is receiving high praise from visiting production teams. “We’ve had rave reviews from the engineers who have come so far, and it helps us build a reputation for audio excellence. We wanted to get the right sound on YouTube Theater from day one in order to create extraordinary experiences for our guests.
YouTube Theater’s lineup is extremely diverse, with upcoming concerts slated to include Juanes, TLC with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Alejandro Sanz, Keith Sweat, Evanescence with Halestorm, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Black Pumas and Erasure, between others.
3G Productions supplied all the audio equipment, installed the speakers from the bumpers and carried out the final commissioning. By incorporating L-Acoustics speakers with Panflex adjustable directivity steering into the system design, 3G CEO Keith Conrad said it was possible to tailor coverage precisely and evenly in the cinema. “When you walk from side to side, it’s very fluid and consistent throughout the room. The integrator also installed the stage lighting and the 150-motor rigging system.
“Panflex has been helpful, especially for the weirs,” Knox acknowledges. “We were able to reduce the amount of high frequency energy that was pouring onto video screens and walls. This is a useful feature that helps make Kara II extremely versatile.
HKS, the theater architect, involved Idibri in the project from the start, reports Robert Rose, Idibri project manager. “Our role as consultants was for the design of the theater; we helped with the room shaping, theater editing systems, voltage grid and motors, audio, video, production room, LED screens and theatrical and architectural lighting. We were a team of six or seven people working on the project from start to finish.
Thanking Knox for taking the lead in consulting on the acoustical treatment of the space, Rose adds: “The real key for us was that, because we were hired directly by the architect and we were recruited. so early on, we started to get into acoustics quite early. a lot from day one. The acoustics were not an afterthought: they were incorporated into the installation. We are very satisfied with the rendering of the acoustics of the space, as well as the sound system.
Debra Betel, Director of Operations for YouTube Theater, was instrumental in overseeing the close collaboration between Idibri, 3G, L-Acoustics and other companies involved in the creation of YouTube Theater and its technical facilities. “This project really brought together an incredible ‘dream team’ of professionals who have dedicated themselves to making YouTube Theater LA’s first midsize performance space,” she says. “Idibri brilliantly shaped the design of the room from the start, and even after looking at various audio manufacturers, we knew L-Acoustics was the perfect partner in bringing YouTube Theater to life. L-Acoustics partnered with Idibri on the final design, and 3G achieved incredible integration, even amidst all the other building elements going on. The end result is that we now have an amazing audio experience, and we are delighted that the performers and audiences alike experience it for themselves. “
With the YouTube Theater just 40 miles southeast of L-Acoustics’ mainland headquarters in Westlake Village, L-Acoustics Americas CEO Alan Macpherson already expects to become “a regular,” he says. “YouTube Theater is a state-of-the-art venue in every way, and Angelenos and people outside will be truly inspired by the high-end concert experiences they will enjoy there. It has been a privilege for L-Acoustics to be a part of this project – being chosen by the venue’s technical team and collaborating with Idibri and 3G – and I personally look forward to celebrating the return and rise of live events in l one of the most intimate 6,000-seat theaters in the world.
For more details on the new YouTube Theater, visit www.youtubetheater.com. Idibri and 3G are available online at www.idibri.com and www.3glp.com.