L-Acoustics has been added to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2020.
The list identifies the businesses making the most significant impact on both industry and culture, and this year’s MIC list features 434 businesses from 39 countries.
“It’s a privilege to be recognised by Fast Company as a leading global innovator,” said L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié. “Our founder, Dr. Christian Heil, introduced the V-DOSC line source array system in the early ’90s, revolutionising the concert audio experience and altering sound system design forever. This invention spun a new era for the loudspeaker industry, today resulting in nearly 100 per cent adoption of line array technology by top tours, venues, and festivals worldwide.
“Over the years, L-Acoustics continues to encourage a unique culture of innovation and product design excellence, developing industry standards like K1 and the first 3D sound design modelling software with Soundvision, or introducing flexible directivity with Panflex. Recently, L-Acoustics has once again raised the bar for the live sound experience with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, which breaks down the limitations of traditional stereo systems to create a more intimate connection between the artist and audience. We shape the future of sound, and it sounds absolutely spectacular.”
L-ISA was introduced in 2016, and since then, 12 million spectators have witnessed over 8,000 performances in L-ISA. High-profile deployments of the technology have included Aerosmith’s ongoing Las Vegas residency at the Park Theatre at Park MGM, as well as Lady Gaga’s Enigma and Jazz & Piano residencies in the same venue.
The North American concert sound market has experienced a huge rise in L-ISA productions, notably including the following tours: Bon Iver (Autumn), Mark Knopfler (Down The Road Wherever), Lorde (Melodrama), Childish Gambino (This Is America), Ben Howard (2019) and Christine & The Queens (2019). Other artists – such as alt-J (the first rock band to use the system), deadmau5, and ODESZA – have also embraced the technology for one-off performances, as have the Colorado Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic for cinema-related events.
L-ISA has also been installed at various venues (NYC’s ARTECHOUSE, SPYSCAPE and Kaufmann Concert Hall and London’s EartH), theatrical productions (L.A.’s CAGES, Miami’s Sleeping Beauty Dreams, and NYC’s Broadway Bounty Hunter), houses of worship (Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church of God), and corporate events (Dreamforce, and others), among other applications.
Fast Company senior editor, Amy Farley, said: “At a time of increasing global volatility, this year’s list showcases the resilience and optimism of businesses across the world. These companies are applying creativity to solve challenges within their industries and far beyond.”
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Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2020) is now available online, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning March 17, 2020.