Fifteen years after purchasing its first L-Acoustics system back in 2002, AV solutions provider AED group is set to take delivery of its first ever K1 system tomorrow (1 March 2017).
Already in possession of one of the world’s biggest stocks of L-Acoustics, AED owns more than 1,500 L-Acoustics K-series line arrays (Kiva, Kiva II, Kara, K2 and K1), along with over 1,000 L-Acoustics subwoofers (KS28 and SB28) and 1,000-plus wedges.
AED dry hires its inventory to other companies, making it an important supporting partner and supplier across the European rental industry. This latest purchase of 96 K1 cabinets will both strengthen the K1 network and help to meet the continuing demand for this large-scale line source array.
“When we purchased our first L-Acoustics products, V-DOSC was the reference in concert touring,” explains Piet Verstraete, sound engineer and account manager at AED. “To us, it was clear that this was a highly innovative manufacturer and we knew investing in their product range was a strategic and long-reaching decision for AED.
“Our faith has been justified and over the years, L-Acoustics has set many benchmarks including the use of its Soundvision simulation software, locked-out loudspeaker presets, dedicated amplifiers, trained engineers and more. Today, 15 years after our first experience with the company, we are still fully satisfied with the close partnership that we’ve established together.”
“AED has been a key partner since V-DOSC,” added Jochen Frohn, director of business development at L-Acoustics. “We could not be more pleased that they’ve chosen to continue to be one of the most important suppliers of L-Acoustics to European productions.”
This sizeable K1 investment will allow AED to offer the full range of L-Acoustics systems to its clients, and give extra support especially to the Benelux market, which often sees peak demand for high-profile EDM festivals and events.
“The extra K1 in the market will help to serve these high-profile events, for which the L-Acoustics partner network works together to supply,” Verstraete continued. “A further benefit is that K1 will now become more easily accessible to a wider range of productions, but still with the L-Acoustics K-system guidelines, an industry-recognised guarantee of quality.”
Since AED spread the news to its customers, interest in K1 has reportedly been very high.
“Because of the nature of our business, we’re not always aware of what shows our customers are doing with our products,” Piet concluded, “but we can already say with certainty that you will see our new brown boxes on some major EDM shows this summer.”
Picture: The AED team and the newly delivered K1 set at its Willebroek HQ: Piet Verstraete – sound engineer and account manager, AED Rent (top left), Koen Conaerts – sound engineer and account manager, AED Rent (top right), Han Dohmen, regional sales manager for L-Acoustics (bottom left), Steven Mansvelt – managing director, AED Rent (bottom center) and Glenn Roggeman – CEO AED group (far right).