Odesza — Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Project Description

American electronic duo Odesza is supporting their A Moment Apart album with a world tour in 2017. When they were presented with the opportunity to use an L-ISA Live sound system for their stop in Santa Barbara, CA, the band and their production team didn’t hesitate. They were enthusiastic about offering their fans an immersive and memorable experience.

Sound Design Solution

On this arena tour leg with audiences ranging from 3,000 to 10,000, L-Acoustics’ Certified Provider Clearwing was deploying a main K2 (or K1/K2 for larger venues) system with KS28 subwoofers. A classic sound design at the Santa Barbara Bowl would have typically called for a left-right configuration of 12 K2 per side plus front-fills and subs.

However on this special occasion, the L-ISA application team and Odesza’s FOH engineer Patrick Hutchinson created an L-ISA Focus configuration (patent pending) consisting of a scene system with three speaker groups of eight K2 plus two groups of 12 Kara, completed by an extension system with two groups of eight Kara along with front-fills and a flown central subwoofer configuration.

This new implementation principle combined with the L-ISA Controller and Processor delivered an unprecedented live experience with source separation, low end coherency and homogeneity wide soundscape like never experienced before.


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Technical Information
Type4500 pax Outdoor amphitheatre
Venue60m deep x 70m wide (at the back)
Stage19m wide x 1.1m high
Top max trim height 10.7m (above floor)
Min trim height 7m (above floor)
Max weight7.8m (per hang)
Sound Design Target
Program typeElectronic Music
SPL max average>= 108 dBA
SPL profile1 dB / 10 m
Frequency contour8 – 10 dB (@ 100hz)


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Hearing our music played back in the L‑ISA studio, it was immediately apparent that the system had a natural and multi-dimensional feel. I knew right away that we had to try it on our tour. We’re always pushing to produce the best experience for our fans, and this technology lets us deliver our show the way it was intended to be heard. The show in Santa Barbara was incredible and we were proud to be part of L‑ISA’s launch here in North America.

Odesza’s Clayton Knight

Using the L-ISA processor was a seamless transition from the traditional systems. Once all the MADI outputs were patched into the L‑ISA processor mixing became a natural environment in which each channel represented its own space within the mix. Suddenly placement of the instruments became more like life resulting in an immersive matrix of sound which I have never experienced before.

In addition to the immersive sound I noticed that all of the instrument nuances finally started to present themselves much clearer than ever before. This in return allowed for the entire mix to translate the artists’ emotion while becoming fully immersive and containing tremendous amounts of depth and clarity. Great work L‑Acoustics!

Patrick Hutchinson, Odesza’s FOH engineer