L-Acoustics continues to deepen its commitment to the commercial and residential installation markets with new integration tools that build upon the company’s heritage of designing powerful and pristine sound systems for the world’s top tours, festivals, and live performance venues. Attendees of this year’s InfoComm Show will soon witness that for themselves when L-Acoustics exhibits several new products recently announced at the company’s April Keynote at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
Topping the lineup of new offerings is the L-Acoustics L Series line source array, which visitors can experience in the 2,643-seat Linda W. Chapin Theater (Room W320, Level 3) of the Orange County Convention Center. With its patented Progressive Ultra-Dense Line Source (PULS) technology, L Series comprises two elements designed to work together or independently: L2 above and L2D below. One L2 or L2D element provides the same contour as four K2 elements in a format that is 46% smaller and 40% lighter. The audio benefits of L Series encompass industry-leading SPL per size, unparalleled consistency over the audience area, and improved rejection everywhere else. L Series also revolutionizes deployment with a smaller, lighter footprint that reduces truck space and requires fewer elements, cutting the number of actions needed to load in and out.
The power density of the new L Series is unprecedented. Each element contains eight three-inch high-frequency drivers with eight ten-inch low-frequency drivers, complemented by four side-loaded 12-inch drivers with front and back exits to deliver efficient, high-precision broadband coverage with cardioid or supercardioid patterns. L Series also features L-Acoustics Panflex™ technology, providing sound designers quick access to four horizontal directivity patterns.
Also being demoed at the Chapin Theater and shown on stand 5751 is the company’s new LA7.16 amplified controller. Following last year’s launch of the L-Acoustics LA7.16i for the installation market comes its sibling for the road. Delivering supreme flexibility to meet real-time power needs, the new model offers a level of efficiency and sustainability unheard of in modern touring applications. The high-density format—16×16 architecture in a 2U design—powers more line array speakers than any similar-size amplifier, meaning fewer racks on tour. This, in turn, translates directly to energy and time savings, along with the ability to address multichannel and hybrid productions while offering a level of efficiency and sustainability required in modern touring applications. The high-density format saves space, weight, and time in deployment.
LA7.16 and LA7.16i respond perfectly to the amplification needs of L Series, whose L2 and L2D elements contain 20 drivers and require 16 high-power amplifier channels and 16 state-of-the-art DSP channels. The product features a touch screen, an encoder wheel to rapidly set up initial parameters, and a single SC32 connector on the rear for connecting loudspeakers. Using new connection accessories, LA7.16 powers any L-Acoustics line source array up to K2.
The new companion LA-RAK III touring rack houses three LA7.16 amplified controllers boasting 48 amplification channels and 48 individual DSP channels totaling more than 60,000 watts of peak power in a 9U rack, with two LS10 switches to support MILAN AVB seamless redundancy.
On stand 5751, L-Acoustics will also demonstrate L-ISA 3.0, a comprehensive, best-in-class immersive audio software platform for the live sound and music creation markets. Serving the live immersive audio community since 2016 with the L-ISA platform and the immersive music-creating and mixing communities since 2021 with L-ISA Studio, L-Acoustics makes investing in spatial technology even easier with powerful new features in its upgraded L-ISA 3.0. Among the many notable additions of this latest version are new Snapshot and FX Engines, Stereo Mapper, which supports both stereo and immersive content, and exciting augmented audio possibilities with Mixhalo integration.
Other exciting products on display at this year’s InfoComm will include Soka, the smaller sibling of the powerful Syva. Launched last year, Soka combines innovative line source technology with a sleek aesthetic featuring nine integrated 3.5-inch MF drivers and three one-inch HF transducers to transmit a wide 140-degree horizontal directivity and a highly controlled 26-degree vertical directivity. Soka and its companion SB6i subwoofer are both an ultra-shallow 3.9 inches designed to be easily enclosed in-wall or discreetly mounted on-wall, yet are capable of tremendous power and bandwidth. Soka can also be combined with the larger SB10i subwoofer making it ideal for main music systems in residential, commercial, luxury, and hospitality spaces. Rounding out the range of solutions is X4i, a superbly unobtrusive and highly weatherized coaxial loudspeaker tailored to the unique needs of installation applications.
On Wednesday, June 14th, in room W320, L-Acoustics and AVNU will jointly host a presentation on updates in the MILAN AVB ecosystem, followed by a Q&A with MILAN members. Registration for this session can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/milan-updates-news-at-infocomm-2023-tickets-617774910387