Lady Gaga at the double in Vegas with L-ISA
Thursday, 22 August 2019
laladygaga1Lady Gaga’s Enigma in full swing at MGM’s Park Theatre
USA - At the turn of the year, Lady Gaga kicked off two multi-year Las Vegas residencies at Park Theatre at Park MGM, both of which are presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology from L-Acoustics.
Lady Gaga’s first show, Enigma, which has now completed 18 sold-out performances is a nonstop, eye-popping spectacle taking its 5,200 audience members on a full-throttle, futuristic odyssey through two hours of her club classics.
Her second show, Jazz & Piano, is a glitzy return to classic Las Vegas style with the artist accompanied by a full big band complete with string section. Alternating between stripped down solo piano and vocal arrangements of her pop numbers and swinging orchestral versions of Great American Songbook staples.
Although the two productions could hardly be more different in terms of design and execution, the sound technology remains the same, underscoring the ability of L-ISA to enhance all types of music.
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.
At the FOH mix position, a DiGiCo SD7 console interfaces with the intuitive L-ISA Controller software, which enables object-based mixing and spatialization using the L-ISA Processor.
The Park Theatre 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.
Marcus Ross, L-Acoustics head of application, touring - USA & Canada, comments: “Lady Gaga’s shows are wonderfully wide and immersive sounding. Her FOH engineer, Paul Ramsay, spent a lot of time setting up his panorama early on in the mix process, and it sounds very, very impressive.”
Currently on a break for the summer months, Lady Gaga will return to the Park Theatre in October to continue her planned multi-year residency.
(Jim Evans)

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