d&b Soundscape software updates bring new sound design features

d&b audiotechnik has introduced a number of new features to its Soundscape immersive audio technology.

The new software updates are designed to improve ease of implementation and offer greater flexibility and predictability in performance.

The En-Scene object-based positioning software has been updated with sound object routing control, which brings individual level adjustment and mute for each sound object within each section (Function Group) of a loudspeaker system, such as mains, front fill, outfill. This option adds flexibility for a wide range of acoustic settings and audience areas. This update also ensures that a sound designer or mixer has complete control over the imaging and sound object performance as they relate to each Function Group in a distributed or immersive system.

Meanwhile, En-Scene has received two new function group modes in the form of ‘delay line embedded’ and ‘outfill embedded’. These address the growing number of installations that use delay lines for the audience areas within a surround (360) Soundscape setup. These 360 set ups use these delay lines either to distribute a higher number of small loudspeakers, or to enable immersive sound for larger audience areas.

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Elsewhere, the En-Space room emulation software now fully supports delay lines delivering room emulation on all loudspeaker function groups in a Soundscape system. The impulse response (IR) assignment has been optimised for simultaneous use of multiple instances of the same function group mode [e.g. Delay line] within one loudspeaker system. This development is deisgned to make it easier to use En-Space in a wider range of applications with multiple delay lines, from theatres with several balconies to large open-air events.

“At d&b we are planning ahead and ensuring the Soundscape platform is not only easy to deploy and accessible, but significantly advanced for when it’s possible to have events again,” said Georg Stummer, product manager, d&b audiotechnik. “The features released today not only significantly increase the predictability and flexibility of Soundscape, but also the ease of implementation from small theatre productions to large, complex applications. We are constantly driven by customer feedback and these updates reflect the markets leading requests, ensuring we can further embed Soundscape as the industry standard in immersive sound and deliver further capabilities to our customers creative endeavours.

“These latest Soundscape software updates are a significant step forward for designing and installing Soundscape systems. They ensure this immersive technology is designed to cater to the large variety of applications and audiences we expect to see at socially-distanced events this summer season and well into the future.”

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Available from now to customers in Austria, Germany and the UK, d&b Direct is designed to provide a faster and more efficient way for customers to access the company’s solutions and allow d&b to interact with customers in a more targeted and personalised way. The online platform can present system configuration examples for installation sector buyers and is supported by a streamlined inquiry functionality that connects customers directly with a partner.

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