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Meyer Sound Previews New Spatial Sound Tool with Spacemap Go

At ISE 2020 in Amsterdam, Meyer Sound presented preview demonstrations of Spacemap Go, a new spatial sound design and mixing tool that leverages the processing power of the company’s GALAXY network platform. Following installation of software and firmware updates for GALAXY, the new Spacemap Go iOS app will provide a flexible and easy-to-use touch pad interface for Spacemap multi-channel panning, using one or more connected iPads.

With nearly 4,000 GALAXY loudspeaker processors sold to date, Spacemap Go immediately enables this large existing user base to configure, program and implement sophisticated spatial sound mixing with unprecedented ease and cost-effectiveness.

“Although immersive sound has come into focus as a new trend, our company’s experience in sophisticated spatial sound mixing goes back more than 25 years,” says Tim Boot, Meyer Sound’s global brand strategist. “Spacemap is at the heart of the world’s largest and most complex immersive sound productions and performing arts venues, such as Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles’ LOVE and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY. With Spacemap Go for GALAXY, now we can offer most of these same creative capabilities in a far more accessible and affordable solution.”

Spacemap Go can be used in a system of up to four GALAXY loudspeaker processors in any combination including GALAXY 408, GALAXY 816 and GALAXY 816-AES3, affording a wide range of input and output configurations. The iOS app will be released concurrently with updates to Compass and Compass Go control software and GALAXY firmware. All Spacemap programming and real-time operation is handled by Spacemap Go; Compass and Compass Go will continue to provide access to system parameters such as EQ and delay. Multiple iPads may be used simultaneously, allowing a single operator or multiple users to customize workflow to suit the requirements of the performance.

“Spacemap Go provides a re-imagined spatial sound design experience for a wide range of users, including FOH engineers, theatre sound designers, and musicians who want to explore spatial sound on their own terms. Spacemaps can be designed for both simple and complex multichannel installations, and Spacemap Go will provide templates to get you up and running quickly. Once configured, you’ll make complex moves in the matrix with the touch of your fingers,” says Steve Ellison, director, spatial sound. “And the matrix will always be visible, so you’ll know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes.”

Spacemap Go is compatible with automated and live on-the-fly workflows. Full integration with QLab and popular DAWs is anticipated at the time of release. Meyer Sound is also working with leading makers of digital consoles to implement control of Spacemap in GALAXY into their products. Because GALAXY utilizes OSC protocols, integration with third party controllers such as tracking systems is expected.

Spacemap Go is currently being used by Tony Award-winning sound designer Leon Rothenberg in the off-Broadway production Dracula/Frankenstein, now running in repertory at New York’s Classic Stage Company. “I have been able to automate the spatial mix in ways that I would not have been able to do without Spacemap, and certainly not as quickly. It opens up a whole new creative direction when the machine makes it easy — to move something around literally adds zero time to the process. And the possibilities are really exciting.”

Currently in beta testing, Spacemap Go will be offered as a value-added standard feature of the GALAXY network platform later this year, with the iOS app freely available from the App Store. The user need only supply the iPads required for the production.

Bosch updates Dicentis conference system

Bosch has updated its Dicentis conference system with software update V3.2, offering a platform-independent secure and scalable interface based on JSON and web sockets.

The system is capable of supporting connectivity with conference management and control devices such as touch panels and video switchers from third party suppliers via a software interface that operates independently from computer operating systems.

Extron has aligned its control interfaces with the Dicentis product portfolio, with current Extron touch panels becoming compatible with the Dicentis conference system. 

Up to 100 interpreter-provided languages can be supported, with discussion management, simultaneous interpreting, language selection, voting, multimedia functions, live video feed, internet access, document viewing and third-party app support.

The system is based on OMNEO IP architecture and includes support for Dante and PoE. 

ETC connects with SixEye

ETC has become a SixEye Connected manufacturer, with its Mosaic series becoming the first in its inventory to gain from SixEye’s remote management platform. ETC will be joining companies such as Pathway Connectivity and Pharos Architectural Controls and will have access to SixEye’s latest features.

‘We’re happy to offer SixEye functionality in our Unison Mosaic controllers, the premier system for transforming large scale buildings, attractions or LED walls into eye-popping displays,’ said Shawn Fernandez, product manager for Mosaic at ETC. ‘We have Mosaic controllers for every project, so it makes sense to let users access them from everywhere with SixEye.’

‘We are delighted that ETC has seen the value of the SixEye platform and is joining us as a Connected manufacturer,’ commented SixEye’s CEO, Simon Hicks. ‘For SixEye, having one of the world’s most respected lighting manufacturers on our platform is a leap towards becoming a standard for the remote management of professional control devices.’

Dallas Cowboys expand Electro-Voice line array installation at AT&T Stadium

When the Dallas Cowboys opened AT&T Stadium in 2009, it boasted the world’s largest Electro-Voice sound system in a permanent installation, including over 240 line-array loudspeakers from the X-Line family. The design team, spearheaded by Kevin Day of WJHW, selected EV systems for their audio quality, reliability and depth of control provided by the IRIS-Net processing and monitoring platform. After enthusiastic approval from team owner Jerry Jones, Pro Media Audio Video was enlisted to help coordinate the challenging installation.

Fast-forward to 2019. Noting that the many touring concert acts coming through the world’s largest domed stadium simply do not carry enough PA to provide adequate coverage for the upper seating areas, the audio team decided to take advantage of EV’s scalability to address the challenge.

“We’re always working to improve the fan experience for all events, not just on game days,” says Gary French, Audio Engineer in Charge for the Dallas Cowboys. “Most concert tours augment their traveling systems with our EV arrays as the delay system for the upper levels. We decided a little extra coverage would be a big upgrade for those events.”

The Cowboys’ audio team worked with system programmer Richard Bratcher, along with original design and installation partners including Kevin Day of WJHW, head engineer Demetrius Palavos and COO Ted Leamy of Pro Media Audio Video, and the Electro-Voice engineering team. Together, they determined that the 14 XLCi127DVX (compact three-way) delay systems covering the upper level could be scaled up to produce smoother coverage with improved intelligibility.

Ted Leamy of ProMedia Audio Video reports that the upgrade went very smoothly. “This project is a great example of using real-world experience hand-in-hand with predictive computer models to improve a system,” he says. “By listening to the customer, we find ways to improve a system that already sounds great. We’re all extraordinarily pleased at the increased intelligibility we achieved.”

The upgrade includes two added XLC arrays on each side of the stadium, plus the addition of one more loudspeaker element to the 14 existing arrays serving the 400 level, for a total of 54 added boxes. The system is also bolstered with 20 additional Electro-Voice TG series amplifiers, each equipped with RCM-26 remote control DSP modules. One additional NetMax N8000 digital matrix controller was also added. The IRIS-Net platform’s proven stability and scalability was a key factor in the expansion.

“Having used this system for every type of event, it’s amazing how flexible it is,” adds Gary French. “We’ve had no real issues with it this whole time, and Electro-Voice is there for us whenever we decide to tweak something. After 10 years, everything still looks and sounds new and I’ve been really happy with it. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Bosch enhances security at Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center

The Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center is considered to be one of the largest trade fair and congress centres in the world, with an exhibition space spanning over 500,000m2, 19 exhibition halls and 108 meeting rooms. Bosch has created and equipped a customised security and communications solution for all of the centre’s exhibition halls.

Bosch installed 425 LS1‑OC100E hemi-directional ceiling loudspeakers in the exhibition halls as they can reportedly fill the rooms due to their coverage angle and high sound pressure level. ‘We managed to reduce the number of loudspeakers needed by using our hemi-directional loudspeaker,’ said Kevin Xu, product marketing manager at Bosch Building Technologies in China. ‘Energy and operational costs for the operator dropped as a result.’

The loudspeakers are part of Paviro, Bosch’s networked public address and voice evacuation system. The halls were set up with 27 of these systems due to its architecture and use of IP technology, which made it ideal for selecting between music and audio playback in the different halls. ‘The system has to facilitate both building-specific audio signals and system-wide announcements so that visitors feel safe and comfortable in the huge building,’ explained Xu. ‘For example, an announcement in Hall 1 shouldn’t interfere with the music in Hall 2 except in the case of an emergency.’

Xu also noted how the project was challenging due to the complexity of the installation and the small amount of time the team had to set the systems up. ‘Supplying this huge volume of products within such a short timeframe was a major challenge,’ he said. ‘But, despite the tight schedule, the Bosch team came together, from global supply chain to production and other sales regions, as a whole to shorten the original eight-month delivery period to two months.’