L-Acoustics has announced the launch of L-ISA 3.0, the latest version of its immersive audio software platform for live sound and music creation applications that’s equipped with a new FX Engine, Stereo Mapper tool and more, and it will be showcased at the upcoming InfoComm 2023 show in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center at booth 5751 and in demo room W320.
The new FX Engine supercharges allows designers to create reactive movements and trajectories of any kind: reactive to the designer and reactive to other objects within L-ISA to create a more true organic movements. The engine includes customizable controls and behaviors that can be additively applied to unlimited objects.
Meanwhile, the new Stereo Mapper feature maps existing stereo content to an immersive loudspeaker configuration, and is designed to do so without changing the original artist’s mix. It distributes stereo content to an L-ISA configuration while conserving a similar power distribution as traditional left/right array configurations to retain the original stereo image and overall mix.
In addition, Stereo Mapper can be used to help increase low-frequency coverage throughout a venue, reducing or even improving the stereo image while maintaining or improving low-frequency directivity. Any outfill loudspeaker can be time aligned to either stereo or immersive, making it possible to switch between stereo and spatial content, even on the fly.
In addition, an updated Snapshot Engine is designed to providesincreased granularity and scope of what can be stored in snapshots, allowing users to choose which sources are visible at any given moment in time, with features such as source processing, delay, reverb, and more.
A new Edit Mode allows users to visualize the position of audio sources in each snapshot, designed to make it easier to follow an object’s position across the soundscape at a specific moment in time. Further, the new Preview Mode, available for both online and offline use, makes it possible to visualize the position of specific objects in different snapshots or an object’s position throughout every snapshot. If changes are needed, users can make adjustments in Preview Mode without interruption or downtime.
L-Acoustics is also expanding the L‑ISA ecosystem, making it possible to install qualified third-party applications and technologies on the L-ISA Processor II, with Mixhalo networking technology the first application to natively leverage the processing power of L-ISA. It’s now integrated into the L-ISA 3.0 platform.
“As consumer audio platforms such as Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Music continue to make spatial audio more ubiquitous, having the ability to create and perform in immersive is now a necessity and accessible to all — regardless of skill level or format,” says Scott Sugden, director of Product Management, Software, and Electronics, L-Acoustics. “The new L-ISA 3.0 platform brings more value to our immersive technology platform for those who’ve chosen to use it in their venues and for those who choose to create their content with it.”
In addition to the various new functionalities in L-ISA 3.0, the L-ISA Studio desktop processor has gone from 12 outputs to 16. L-ISA Studio is available here for free download, and go here for more information about L-ISA 3.0.