Having changed the live sound industry with the introduction of the modern line array loudspeaker a quarter of a century ago, L-Acoustics, now more than ever, continues to shape the future of the industry. A perfect example of that ongoing trailblazing philosophy is the manufacturer’s L-ISA technology—launched at last year’s Prolight + Sound—that has already become the market leader in multi-channel sound, finally making multi-layer sound design possible for live and creative events.
Deployed at last year’s Coachella and Panorama festivals, both of which offered their domed tent visitors a sensational overhead visual experience accompanied by an equally immersive 360-degree audio environment, an L-ISA system is now also out with Lorde on her current North American tour in support of the artist’s critically acclaimed Melodrama album. alt-J will additionally be using the system for an eagerly anticipated one-off performance in Queens, NY this June that will feature a highly immersive and unique mix created specifically for the show.
With L-ISA quickly gaining momentum among artists and festivals alike, L-Acoustics announces that it is now increasing the scope and networkability of L-ISA with a rapidly expanding universe of high-profile partners that have adopted the technology, including KLANG:technologies, DiGiCo, Blacktrax and Avid.
The L-ISA Control Plug-in, as seen in Avid Pro Tools
Avid’s Pro Tools is a market leading digital audio workstation, used by engineers for a wide range of sound recording and sound production purposes. A key part of the sound production toolchain, the integration of L-ISA into Pro Tools via AAX plug-in will open up L-ISA’s 96-input multichannel mixing capabilities in the Pro Tools environment, so familiar to much of the industry. Sound engineers will now be able to use Pro Tools to create their L-ISA show mix, or any other sound file that they need to pilot an L-ISA event or installation.
BlackTrax LED tracking, allowing performers to automatically track in real-time with the L-ISA technology (photo from Eurovision 2013)
BlackTrax is a vision-based tracking system that connects to L-ISA technology via the RTTrP (Real Time Tracking Protocol) open source protocol. BlackTrax captures performers’ 3D positional data, and uses predictive technology to track ahead to keep on target with fast moving objects and performers. Its integration into L-ISA will allow sound engineers to automatically track the performer’s movement, freeing them up to concentrate on the mix.
L-ISA’s object-based mixing technology integrated into a DiGiCo SD-Series console’s control surface
L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Source Control functionality is natively integrated via Desk Link into DiGiCo’s SD range of mixing consoles, adding L-ISA’s object-based mixing technology to the console’s control surface. Sound engineers are able to use a familiar workflow on an industry-leading console to designate up to 96 L-ISA Input Channels to control pan, width, distance and elevation, as well as an aux send, for any given L-ISA source object directly from the mixing console. All L-ISA parameters can be stored in the powerful snapshots engine and recalled in the same way as other console parameters.
An L-ISA frontal configuration of nine hangs, as seen in the KLANG:fabrik user interface
KLANG:technologies’ KLANG:fabrik is a breakthrough in in-ear monitoring, offering 3D personal monitor mixing with natural, intuitive placement of sound and pristine sonic quality. A natural partner for L-ISA, KLANG:fabrik allows sound engineers and musicians to use headphones to create their L-ISA immersive mixes without the need for additional hardware or loudspeakers. Lorde FOH Engineer Philip J. Harvey recently used KLANG:fabrik to prepare Lorde’s show mix for the Melodrama tour.
L-ISA demonstrations at Prolight + Sound will be held in Hall 3: Kontrast Room and at the L-Acoustics stand in Hall 3.1 Booth C11.
Demonstrations of L-ISA partner functionality can be found on partner booths: Avid – Hall 3.1 Booth G91; BlackTrax – Hall 4.0 Booth C71; DiGiCo – Hall 3.1 Booth E40; and KLANG:technologies – Hall 3.1, Booth A88.