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d&b Soundscape Adds to Immersive Audio Offerings

d&b audiotechnik has introduced a new set of capabilities for its d&b Soundscape audio platform.

d&b audiotechnik has introduced a new set of capabilities for its d&b Soundscape audio platform.
d&b audiotechnik has introduced a new set of capabilities for its d&b Soundscape audio platform.

Backnang, Germany (June 25, 2020)—d&b audiotechnik has introduced a new set of capabilities for its d&b Soundscape audio platform, expanding on the system’s ability to deliver audio imaging, resolution and emulated acoustics.

A Soundscape system has three elements: DS100 Signal Engine, the hardware platform with matrix functionality that can operate in a standalone system configuration mode or be combined with one or both of two software modules; En-Scene, an object-based positioning tool; and En-Space room-emulation software.

The latest feature updates are: Scenes – hardware-based scene memory capabilities within the DS100 Signal Engine and for the Soundscape software platform; two new room signatures within En-Space; and a configurable ‘Spread factor’ for function groups in En-Scene.

Scenes enables snapshots of all DS100 and Soundscape parameters (Matrix / En Scene & En Space) to be stored within the DS100 hardware memory.

1873 Cathedral Updates with 2020 Audio System

The user can create scenes in R1, d&b’s remote control software, offline without the DS100 for later transfer to the DS100 hardware memory. These scenes can be recalled from there using R1, but also via OSC commands, either as a direct call to a desired scene number or by stepping through the Scene list step by step using the “Next” / Previous” function.  These OSC functionalities allows d&b systems to be easily integrated into third-party control systems, from show control software such as Q-Lab up to creation of UIs on a tablet or smartphone with e.g. TouchOSC.

En-Space room emulation software is an in-line technology, meaning to generate or expand the acoustic environment. Two new rooms, from Ravenna, Italy, join the existing seven concert and recital halls. With the very short and “dry” reverberation of 1.3 sec from the Alegrie Theatre and the (massive and manifold) 5.6 sec from the Cathedral of San Vitale, users now have two new environments at their fingertips.

The Soundscape update also includes the new addition of Spread Factor for Function Groups. The Soundscape software already allows for loudspeakers to be combined into Function Groups, allowing them to be organized and addressed as such—for instance, groups might be appropriately labeled “mains” and so on. The new Spread Factor allows users to apply an individual spread factors of function groups, adjusting how the spread setting of the objects are handled by the various function groups, thus determine the energy distribution between the loudspeakers within the different function groups according to the specific needs of the setup.

d&b audiotechnik • www.dbaudio.com

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