In tandem with the recent release of LA Network Manager 3, L-Acoustics has introduced the M1 suite, a set of measurement and monitoring tools designed work with the manufacturer’s Milan-certified P1 processor and amplified controller hardware to streamline the system calibration process as well as real-time performance monitoring.
The M1 suite pairs system measurement and control software to work together natively. It’s a dual-channel FFT measurement platform designed to automate the process of sequentially muting and unmuting different parts of the system that need to be measured, capturing audio, labeling measurements, and storing data to the proper groups automatically.
As a result, mic placement and capture throughout the venue is done just once. Data is acquired and compiled in the software, and measurements can be visualized individually, as spatial averages and sums of elements. If adjustments to EQ are needed, they can be done virtually, and subsequently analyzed and optimized within M1. Once the measurements have been captured, the sound team can even leave the venue and finish the calibration offline.
All data capture in M1 is storable and adjustable. Every adjustment ever made is tracked in the software and can be recalled and reanalyzed.
When proper calibration has been attained and a performance begins, M1 provides live system monitoring via a Real Time Analyzer (RTA), evaluating the behavior of the system and assisting in keeping it optimized. During a show, atmospheric conditions like humidity and temperature can fluctuate; content can vary from pianissimo to forte; crowds ebb and swell, affecting room excitation. Each of these variables can lead to changes in system performance. To compensate, M1’s RTA gives the operator a graphical understanding of the behavior of the system, while LA Network Manager continually analyzes the new atmospheric conditions and proposes corrections accordingly.
The measurement and control tools within M1 are natively integrated; any changes made to one tool are reproduced in the other and automatically optimized.
“M1 with LA Network Manager is really the future of system calibration and monitoring,” says L-Acoustics product and technology outreach manager Scott Sugden. “By integrating a comprehensive measurement platform into our amplifier control software, we very effectively help sound professionals save time, decrease error, and concentrate their skills on creating amazing experiences for their artists and audiences.”