d&b develops new Soundscape software with Gareth Owen Sound

d&b audiotechnik has partnered with Gareth Owen Sound to launch En-Snap, a new form of cue automation software designed to advance the application of its immersive Soundscape technology.

Developed by Gareth Owen Sound for d&b Soundscape, the German audio giant is working in cooperation with sound designer Gareth Owen and his team to make the En-Snap tool available for free to registered d&b Soundscape customers and users.

Owen has previously used Soundscape and an early version of the En-Snap tool to bring his sound designs to life on recent productions such as the Olivier Award winning sound design for Come From Away in London; as well as the Broadway production of Diana and the German productions of Bat Out of Hell and Starlight Express.

“The public launch of En-Snap is of huge significance to Soundscape users everywhere,” said Owen. “It provides a seamless and efficient way to integrate Soundscape into show programming and operation, greatly reducing the amount of time sound designers and engineers spend in the production phase.”

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En-Snap enables a straightforward cue-based control within the Soundscape environment. The software connects directly to the d&b DS100 Signal engine and stores the parameter values of all 64 sound objects and any En-Space room emulation setting as an En-Snap cue. 

En-Snap sound cues can be manually operated by FOH engineers and show caller, as well as integrated into automated production workflows, by cue recall, via OSC and MIDI timecode to control a Soundscape setup on up to two DS100s simultaneously.

“By partnering with Gareth Owen Sound, we continue to expand the possibilities of Soundscape for the needs of the creatives and the market,” said Georg Stummer, product manager, d&b audiotechnik. “It is important that we plan ahead for when performances restart in, 2021. The introduction of En-Snap to the Soundscape environment will bring productions to life faster, with even more creativity, flexibility and functionality.”