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d&b audiotechnik, Autograph Launch d&b Fanblock

Professional sports are back but sans fans—so d&b audiotechnik and Autograph have teamed up to fill stadiums with the sounds of ecstatic fanatics.

d&b fanblockBacknang, Germany (October 15, 2020)—d&b audiotechnik has teamed with UK event/theatrical audio company Autograph, to co-develop and launch d&b Fanblock — a stadium sound application that reproduces the sound of a live crowd at empty sports events.

Using a d&b sound system design positioned within an arena, d&b Fanblock creates a multi-channel surround sound system which, when combined with Autograph’s playback software, fills sports venues with the sounds of fans.

A noisy, responsive crowd helps build excitement for players and viewers at home alike. The basic audio content consists of non-team specific sounds including background ‘bed’ loops to provide a continual atmosphere within the stadium and a library of sound cues that can be triggered by operators in reaction to the action on the field. The custom sound design package offers club-specific chants made possible through Autograph’s content partner, FanChants.

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The software, Stadium Sound by Autograph, creates a live crowd atmosphere at sports events that can be dynamically controlled in real-time to directly respond to the events of the game. The system is operated live by engineers in the stadium in order to follow the energy levels and punctuate the dramatic moments as they happen.

“By partnering with Autograph, we’ve come up with revolutionary new sound solution,” said Amnon Harman, CEO d&b audiotechnik. “No longer will sports teams hear the echo of empty stadiums and venues; instead with d&b Fanblock, they will once again hear the strength and passion of their fans while on the field.”

d&b Fanblock uses the matrix functions of the DS100 Signal engine to distribute audio to the d&b loudspeaker system. As the backbone of d&b Soundscape, the DS100 Signal engine enables further enhancement of d&b Fanblock through its En-Scene software. Object-based signal management allows complex sound events to move dynamically around the stadium in real-time, and add detail to the effect of Stadium Sound in response to the actions on the field.

The system is scalable and can be put in any size stadium or arena around the world. It’s first scheduled full-scale use will be at the Championship games at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London.

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