New York (June 3, 2004)–Tannoy has introduced Tannoy Distributed Designer, free software aimed for use by commercial audio system designers and installers who regularly have to calculate the optimum number of loudspeakers required for a specific installation. The software is available at the Tannoy North America website.
Tannoy Distributed Designer (TDD) is a standalone program that enables sound system designers and specifiers to lay out and confirm ceiling distributed speaker system designs that use Tannoy speaker products. Operation is straightforward and follows normal Windows mechanisms (Windows ’98/2000/XP). Pre-loaded with all Tannoy ceiling speaker specifications, TDD sports an uncomplicated user interface that allows users to lay out a ceiling-mounted speaker system to cover nearly any size room.
The application consists of a select number of tools and methods for assembling and printing an engineered layout for rectangular rooms. There are four basic sections to the program: Room Design, Speaker Setup, Subwoofer Setup and Preferences. Room definition and drawing is fully automated, requiring the user to merely enter the room’s floor dimensions and ceiling height. Once the room is defined and the desired speaker model is selected the software will automatically calculate the number and position of Tannoy speakers required. Preferences can be set for listening height and coverage can immediately be examined by the use of speaker isobars calculated at ear height.
Options are included to allow the designer to fine-tune the speaker system layout. Speaker layout patterns may be square or hexagonal and speaker overlap is fully adjustable. All system details are displayed in the program and may be printed for presentation to clients and installers.