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DiGiCo, Avid & Lawo Bring Console Integration To d&b audiotechnik Soundscape

Collaborations open up bi-directional interoperability between the DS100 via plugins operating on the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol.

By PSW Staff April 12, 2018

Serge Grafe of Kraftwerk at work during the Soundscape live mixing session at PL+S.

d&b audiotechnik has announced a series of integrations between its Soundscape central DS100 Signal Engine and digital mixing consoles from  DiGiCo , Avid and Lawo.

The announcement was made at live mixing sessions showing the console workflows and mixing live multitrack recordings at a demonstration venue at the 2018 Prolight + Sound show, and it follows earlier announcements of integration partnerships with QLab show control systems, TTA Stagetracker, and VST plugin formats.

Specifically, these collaborations open up bi-directional interoperability between the DS100 via plugins operating on the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol. The plugin allows engineers to work with their existing console and DAW workflow while having access to new creative tools by bringing the settings for object-based positioning and room emulation directly onto the console surface for each individual channel. The positioning settings can then be stored in the mixer’s scene memory.

Soundscape plugins will be available for the DiGiCo SD-Range, Avid VENUE S6L and the Lawo MC2. The integration with Avid will also include a plugin for Pro Tools.

“Soundscape represents a significant evolution in the creation of sound environments and how audiences experience sound,” says Ralf Zuleeg of d&b, who’s been a driving force behind Soundscape. “To bring that power to our customers in the real world, we understand that Soundscape must integrate smoothly with existing audio control workflows. Through the implementation of plugins utilizing VST, AU and AAX formats and the OSC protocol we ensure that the creative process for the designers and mixers is at one with their vision for the sound design.”

DiGiCo managing director James Gordon: “DiGiCo has worked closely with d&b on numerous world tours and large scale theatrical productions, so integrating with the d&b Soundscape to maximize its creativity is something our clients would expect to see from us.”

Al McKinna, director of live system product management at Avid: “Avid is excited by the creative possibilities offered by the deep onboard integration that the d&b Soundscape offers our customers. Immersive audio systems are set to transform the live sound industry and we are excited to partner with a pioneer in this field to aid the proliferation of this revolutionary technology.”

Lucas Zwicker, technical product manager at Lawo: “We wanted to improve the workflow when working with multi loudspeaker installations by bringing console and loudspeaker matrix closer together. With having R1 directly in our console’s GUI and adjusting the parameters of Soundscape objects right out of the selected channel strip; we can now achieve this.”

The DS100 Signal Engine is a processor with Audinate Dante networking and a 64 x 64 level and delay matrix with extensive input and output processing, as well as two optional software modules that enable object-based mixing and acoustic room emulation capability. (More here)

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