Meyer Sound has announced the introduction of Nebra, a new software platform designed to bring together multiple tools for specific tasks into a single integrated point, with the initial release focused on fast and intuitive connectivity for endpoints in Milan AVB networks, including Meyer Sound PANTHER large-format linear line array loudspeakers, three ULTRA-X series point source loudspeakers, and the USW-112P compact subwoofer.
Nebra also provides comprehensive system monitoring directly via the AVB network or, for other Meyer Sound products, through the existing RMS network via the RMServer. In addition, it delivers connectivity for the Meyer Sound Galileo GALAXY Network Platform and for third-party network devices using the Milan protocol.
“Many current audio-over-IP solutions are heavily text-based,” states Andy Davies, Meyer Sound senior product manager. “Here, by displaying connections and monitoring in a clear visual layout, the system overview is much easier to understand. Connections are shown as graphical wires offering a clear picture of the system, while device icons change color to quickly identify any potential points of failure.”
Nebra leverages sensor fusion technology in a designed to simplify the task of monitoring large and complex networked audio systems. Disparate system health information is collected from all connected devices, with sensor data combined from multiple sources and displayed in one summary.
“A ‘traffic light’ indicator in the corner of the screen constantly displays overall system status,” Davies continues, “so all the user needs to see is that one green box to know everything is fine. In addition, critical system messages are brought to the user’s attention via banner alerts, so there is no need to constantly review the status of every device. If there is a warning, Nebra directs the user swiftly to the source of the problem.”
Nebra is a stand-alone platfor for all Milan-based devices; for Meyer Sound loudspeakers using RMS technology, Nebra functions in parallel with Compass control software. It’s available as a free download from the company website, and versions will be available for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
The first use of Nebra was by rental company Major Tom, Ltd. on the in-the-round Ed Sheeran +-= ÷x (“Mathematics”) Tour, underway since early 2022. Milan is a standards-based deterministic network protocol for real-time audio and video media. Certification by the Avnu Alliance is designed to assure that devices will work together with convenience, reliability, and functionality.