sanah on tour with L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound technology (photo: Piotr Puchalski)
Poland – Popular Spotify performer sanah recently embarked on a tour of Poland’s leading concert halls, accompanied by a full orchestra, choir and guest performers.
Sanah burst onto the international scene two years ago when her music went viral, breaking records on Spotify’s streaming service. The tour was her first using L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal sound, and featured her usual band, accompanied by the Polish Film Music Orchestra and 30-member Silesia Chamber Choir Ad Libitum.
“The idea to use L-ISA spatial technology was conceived at the end of sanah’s 2022 summer tour,” explains sound engineer, Piotr Puchalski. “I was intrigued by the progressive nature of the technology and went to L-Acoustics’ headquarters in France for a series of training sessions. The more I explored L-ISA, the more I began to realise just how advanced this technology is.
“Rather than simply providing high-powered LR sound coverage, it’s possible to provide something much more sophisticated. Not only does L-ISA provide exceptional sound, it can also evenly cover the entire sound space, so that every audience member gets an immersive audio experience. I simply fell in love with the possibilities on offer for the next tour.”
Puchalski, along with system engineer, Jerzy Kubiak of Audio Plus, local L-Acoustics distributor, designed the audio system for the tour, creating models for the halls in L-Acoustics Soundvision software and designing the optimal system configuration for each.
Supplied by Shadok AV Group, the team made the decision to specify L-Acoustics’ Kara cabinets for the main arrays, which would be used as the basis of the system at every event. Kara is powerful enough to meet the required SPL levels and delivers system efficiency across every venue. In smaller venues, Kiva or A10 cabinets were used for the main-hangs.
In bigger venues, such as in Kraków, Wrocław and Poznań, five arrays of nine Kara plus two arrays of seven Kara were allocated, with six SB18 and four KS28 subwoofers for low end reinforcement. Nine X8, two A10 and eight X12 speakers were used for front-, balcony- or side-fills, all available for placement where needed in a scalable format.
Additionally, L-Acoustics P1 Milan AVB processor with its built-in M1 measurement platform was used to calibrate the system, sending signals to LA12X amplified controllers. The choice of cabinets for each show was based on the predictions in Soundvision software.
The sold-out tour visited key venues across Poland, including the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Cavatina Hall in Bielsko-Biala, which boasts an award-winning, permanently installed L-ISA system, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Hall in Katowice, Poznań Congress Centre, Polish Philharmonic Hall in Gdansk, Kraków Congress Centre and the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw.
“Despite generating a huge input list on our first night, it soon became clear that L-Acoustics technology significantly simplifies and speeds up the entire mixing workflow thanks to the accurate and precise configuration process of L-ISA. I didn’t expect the results to sound so perfect straight off the bat,” recalls Puchalski. “From the engineer's point of view, the system provides excellent coverage of the entire sound space, with great intelligibility and no interference due to the multiple source areas.”

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