New York, NY (September 8, 2020)—Martin Audio has released its first iOS app, XP Connect, which allows users to connect with and stream to the company’s BlacklineX Powered loudspeakers.
While the BlacklineX Powered line has always offered streaming, controlled by rotary panel controls on the backs of the speakers, the app provides another way to achieve that, all from within one’s iPhone.
Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, noted, “The user base of BlacklineX Powered has grown substantially since launch, and we thought it was now timely to introduce the app to the market, rewarding those users and encouraging others to the virtues of this series.”
In determining the navigation path and User Interface, Orton said the challenges had been simple usability. “We needed to give full control to the end user, with all the functionality of the back panel and in an intuitive format. For the majority of users, it’s a quick and easy way to set up their loudspeakers and deliver a low-scale mix using simple controls, such as input faders, output faders and hi-pass filters.
“You can put them into pairing mode for streaming Bluetooth audio—and because we could control the speaker by Bluetooth as well as streaming, it also lends itself to tablet control,” he adds.
If the Bluetooth pairing on the loudspeaker is activated, it will automatically find the speaker and ask if the user wants to connect. Alternatively, in Demo mode, the user will be presented with a screen with faders—two channels, Bluetooth the main output fader for the loudspeaker and a clearly visible EQ button. Users can set them up as stereo loudspeakers or allow them to work in zones.
In practice, this means that a single connected BlacklineX Powered will allow mute control of all inputs and outputs, with signal level visualization and access to EQ and settings. Two connected enclosures will additionally offer the choice of Stereo or Zone modes, with three-band EQ and the hi-pass filters. It allows set up of the XP12 and XP15 in three modes: Full range, with sub added in, and with floor monitors.
The XP Connect app is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
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