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Sting Utilizes d&b Soundscape And A-Series For LA Opening Of “The Last Ship”

Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, presenting Sting's musical as immersive production with DS100 system processor and new A-Series augmented line arrays.

At the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, Sting is taking center stage to bring his musical, “The Last Ship,” to the West Coast deploying a d&b Soundscape immersive sound system from d&b audiotechnik.

The show tells the story of two childhood sweethearts set to the backdrop of the collapse of the shipbuilding industry and features an original Tony-nominated score with music and lyrics by Sting, who will also perform for the month-long duration of the show’s LA residency.

The performance revolves around a system designed by Sebastian Frost and supplied by Stage Sound Services. It continues to utilize d&b En-Scene object-based mixing and En-Space room emulation software running on the DS100 system processor and a comprehensive d&b A-Series loudspeaker system.

Frost has been associated with the production’s latest iteration since 2017. His work deploying Soundscape with En Scene and En Space and harnessing it with his vision of how the musical should be experienced has delivered an emotional experience that resonates with audiences on a deeply personal level. 

Previous productions of The Last Ship, in Canada and on tour in the UK, have used a large number of distributed point source loudspeakers across the theatre. For the Ahmanson Theatre main system, seven hangs of A-Series augmented array loudspeakers were deployed.

Stage Sound Services has also been with the production since its latest inception and will continue to handle the system for the LA show which includes the use of d&b’s new A-Series augmented arrays. Combining variable splay angles, two approaches to acoustic optimization, and advanced waveguide design, the A-Series addresses the applications where coverage flexibility in both the horizontal and the vertical is paramount.

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