At Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, d&b audiotechnik has introduced two new software tools for easier, more efficient and accurate working.
Array verification has been created to help avoid cabling mistakes in both mobile and permanent applications in the latest version of the d&b R1 Remote control software.
The patent pending procedure automatically identifies the physical position of a loudspeaker in an array, allowing it to be compared to the setup in the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software. The feature not only confirms that loudspeakers are cabled and working correctly, but that each amplifier channel goes into the right loudspeaker in the array.
For users, it means cabling issues can be easily identified for both line and subwoofer arrays – saving time spent otherwise searching for errors.
Array verification will be accessible from the System check view in R1, which will be renamed ‘System check and Array verification.’ It is available via the integrated update function in R1 and through the d&b website.
For users on the go, the ArrayCalc Viewer app has been designed specifically for viewing ArrayCalc project information on tablets and smartphones, providing all key data for positioning and flying a d&b loudspeaker system. Once the system has been designed, calculated and optimized in ArrayCalc, the dbac2 file can be shared via email, AirDrop, or downloaded onto any iOS or Android device. For users, the new app means any changes can be shared instantly, with no more need for paper print-outs.
ArrayCalc Viewer is available free of charge on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
“At d&b, it’s not only about designing and manufacturing the best possible products, it’s also about the workflow that supports them,’ says Vicent Perales, product manager at d&b. “We’re constantly looking for ways to optimize the d&b Workflow, listening to our users and trying to improve every small bit. The idea behind Array verification is a perfect example; one of the most frequent errors in modern PA systems is due to mistakes when cabling the system. So we focus on problem prevention – because this workflow obsession is what truly takes a system from great to outstanding.”
More information is available on the d&b stand C15, hall 3.1 at Prolight + Sound.