The four-day session was held at the MGG studios in Johannesburg (photo: Günther Müller)
South Africa - A demonstration featuring L-Acoustic’s L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Technology and Klang:technologies, highlighted how a show could translate into a memorable experience for a live audience and those watching the broadcast from home via a live streaming platform.
Presented by Immersive Show Technology, MGG and DWR Distribution, the four-day session held at the MGG studios in Johannesburg, opened a conversation of the possibilities that will take events to a level never seen nor heard in South Africa, solutions that should make corporates wanting to establish brand identity, stop and take notice.
While Immersive Show Technology (IST) is a newly formed company, it is represented by respected industry players, director and team leader Chris de Lancey, audio engineer Adriaan van der Walt and audio-visual master mind Adrian du Preez. IST owns a pair of L-ISA processors as well as a full Modulo-Pi media server solution; live tracking of objects on-stage being the common thread which brings both technologies together, resulting in both sound and visuals moving as the object moves around on stage.
MGG in turn is one of the largest technical suppliers in South Africa, who very early during the COVID-19 lockdown period in 2020, extended their services to develop studios on their premises to cater for online events. “In the age that we find ourselves in, it has been interesting to work together with Chris de Lancey and his team to explore new possibilities and ways to do things,” said Mark Gaylard, owner of MGG.
“MGG has grown our skills, delivering streamed events and shows for people working and spending most of their times at home. For the future, being able to work with like-minded companies, implementing technology that will change the quality for both a live and broadcast audience, and then coming up with new ideas that will change how we deliver an end-product to an audience has our minds’ racing.”
Suppliers of both L-Acoustics’ L-ISA and Klang in South Africa, DWR Distribution was part of the demonstration. Kyle Robson of the company was invited to showcase Klang’s immersive capabilities for both virtual productions and in-ear monitors while working in conjunction with a DiGiCo SD10 audio console. “Klang provides technology that has become a game changer, delivering a natural sound to both a live-streaming broadcasts and immersive In-Ear monitors. Flexibility like spatially moving instruments around the sound field are an added benefit, while the simple to use product delivers a clean sound.”
“Hybrid events with a small audience is the new cliché, but we are all in agreement that when the industry opens and we are once again able to work on large, live events, streaming will not fall away but instead, form part of the production to make shows accessible to a greater audience,” commented Adriaan van der Walt. “With that, we’ve realized that for the time being, we can offer the L-ISA experience to the smaller group of people watching live from a studio or venue, which makes for a well-produced show with a nice look and feel for camera.”
For the demonstration, Adriaan worked closely with Chris Pugh, a certified L-ISA system engineer, to design and implement the audio system. “Apart from being socially together again, it was such a good opportunity for us to reconnect and catch up on the latest firmware, software, and new ways of doing things,” said Adriaan.

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