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Getting Immersive with Lady Gaga in Vegas

The entertainer continues her pop culture reign with a pair of well-reviewed Las Vegas residencies that make use of immersive live sound technologies.

Las Vegas, NV (September 3, 2019)—Lady Gaga, fresh off 2018’s A Star is Born, for which she won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for “Shallow,” has spent much of the year in Las Vegas, headlining two separate residencies at Park Theater at Park MGM. Enigma focuses on the entertainer’s club hits, backed by a tight five-piece band and a dozen dancers, while Jazz & Piano takes the old-school route, sporting a big band with string section.

Saatchi Gallery Multimedia Show Goes Immersive

One thing both shows have in common besides the star and venue, however, is that they are presented using L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology from L-Acoustics. The L-ISA configuration is made up of K Series long throw enclosures. Three central arrays each comprised of 12 K2 are flanked by two 13-enclosure Kara arrays on each side, while outfill arrays of 12 K2 are positioned between each of the two Kara hangs to address the far left and right seating sections. The proscenium rig is rounded out by a dozen KS28 subs centrally flown in two cardioid hangs of six enclosures and bolstered by a linear horizontal arrangement of 10 SB28 located under the stage lip.

Front-fill is delivered by a dozen X8 and two X12 short throw enclosures, with a special side audience area covered by two medium throw Syva and a single Syva Low. Twenty additional X8 and 18 X12 are placed throughout the venue to provide 360° surround audio. Elevation reinforcement is accomplished via a combination of 22 ARCS WiFo medium throw enclosures that are split between an LCR array above the main house seating and five zones over the rear upper balcony that are fed a combination of the LCR signals. All systems are powered by 24 LA12X, 12 LA8 and 12 LA4X amplified controllers.

The Park Theater already boasted a Solotech-installed K Series installation, comprised of 32 K2, plus a number of Kara, subs and amplified controllers. Solotech was again called upon to provide the additional enclosures necessary for Gaga’s shows, while Eighth Day Sound furnished the FOH control package, which includes a DiGiCo SD7 console interfaces with the L-ISA Controller software, enabling object-based mixing and spatialization using the L-ISA Processor.

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The seeds to use L-ISA technology for Lady Gaga’s production were first planted when FOH Engineer Paul Ramsay initially experienced it back in March of last year. Ramsay later introduced David Brooks of L-Acoustics to Production Manager Chris Vineyard and Digital Audio Programmer and Playback Engineer André Bowman who both visited the L-ISA Studio in Westlake Village, California for a demo. Greatly impressed with what they heard there, Music Director Michael Beardon was brought in, and then Vineyard and Beardon took the idea to use L-ISA back to Lady Gaga who signed off on it.

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