At the upcoming Prolight+Sound/Musikmesse in Frankfurt, AFMG will be releasing EASE version 4.4 acoustic simulation software that provides a host of upgrades.
The EASE software suite consists of two different program versions and three optional modules to cover all demands of acoustical simulations, starting with professional sound system design with EASE JR to highly intricate acoustic designs of concert halls and the like with EASE Standard together with the AURA module.
Stefan Feistel, AFMG managing director, explains that, “Due to the risen requirements for speech intelligibility of voice evacuation systems in all areas of public life, recent years have shown a large increase of EASE design projects from shopping malls to airport terminals, industrial plants, and even oil drilling platforms.”
New version 4.4 provides expanded import/export compatibility with Trimble SketchUp, Autodesk AutoCAD and a long list of others, DXF-compatible CAD programs, as well as the update of STI calculations that are now performed according to IEC 60268-16:2011.
The AURA module is the most important add-on to EASE Standard. Along with a set of additional parameters that can be derived from sophisticated ray-tracing calculations, it incorporates a range of sound scattering simulation options which can be used to achieve highly realistic results.
AURA fully supports multi-threading, making best use of modern CPUs with multiple kernels. Acousticians can evaluate echograms and histograms, getting an accurate and encompassing insight into the field of reflections which can be expected at any given point in a room.
The AURA module also provides the output of locally calculated impulse responses in Ambisonics B-format. This format can then be used for auralizations in specialized listening rooms to produce a very natural, full surround sound field played back on multi-channel loudspeaker setups.
Already presented as a preview at last year’s InfoComm show, the final version of the all-new EASE InfraRed module is now available together with EASE 4.4. Preferably bundled with EASE JR, the InfraRed module extends the simulation powers of EASE into the world of assistive listening systems.
As a project originally developed together with Sennheiser, the combined efforts of leading manufacturers Listen Technologies and Williams Sound have helped to make EASE InfraRed a powerful tool for planning and specifying modern infrared systems.
“We are confident that simulating infrared performance in a venue with EASE InfraRed will guarantee the success of our AV systems designers and consultants,” says Tim Schaeffer, vice president of strategic development at Listen Technologies.
Paul Ingebrigtsen, president and CEO of Williams Sound, adds, “This is a great tool for consultants and system designers to ensure successful designs that will save their clients time and money.”
EASE 4.4 supports Microsoft Windows up to version 8.1 and runs smoothly under Parallels Desktop or in Apple Boot Camp. As with all AFMG software, the upgrade from 4.3 to 4.4 is free of charge for existing users and can be downloaded directly from the AFMG download portal.
A unique feature of all AFMG programs is the flexible “roaming” license. User keys to a license can easily be transferred from one computer to another through the AFMG License Server.
EASE 4.4 has received a significant overhaul to bring the underlying protocol layer into line with the demands of the modern internet. At the same time, the historic 2-PC license for one user has been adapted to the current, comparable 1 user key per user system.
The prices for the different program versions and separately available modules will not change with the upgrade. EASE Standard is still available for 1760 EUR (approximately $2,420 USD) while the entry-level EASE JR costs 640 EUR (approximately $880 USD).
AFMG has been providing support, user key replacements and upgrade opportunities for EASE version 3 for more than a decade. Now, the company announces that with the end of the year 2014, all support activities will cease and upgrade options to version 4 will no longer be offered. Users still working with EASE 3 versions are requested to purchase upgrades to EASE 4.4 within the course of the year.