Aerosmith’s Las Vegas Residency Opens With Inventive Use of Immersive Sound

Aerosmith on Saturday night kicked off its sold-out Las Vegas residency, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild, at the Park MGM Hotel’s Park Theater. And with the inventive use of THX-certified immersive sound for the performance, the legendary rock band — which was formed nearly 50 years ago — might have just given the entertainment industry a look at what its future might hold.

The show is presented with live THX certified L-Acoustics’ L-ISA immersive sound, thanks to a partnership with THX and L-Acoustics. The object-based sound is mixed live during the performance and can support up to 96 individual objects (sound or musical elements) that can be played in 64 different directions. The 5,400-seat theater uses 230 speakers (for comparison, Dixon added that a typical stadium tour might use 40 to 50) positioned 360-degrees around the venue and across the ceiling, as with immersive sound in a cinema. It uses up to 300,000 watts of power.

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