Spacemap Go is designed to transform the thousands of Meyer Sound GALAXY Network Platform processors in the field into flexible and user-friendly tools for spatial sound design and mixing. The app works with multiple GALAXY processors and can be controlled by a single iPad or with multiple iPads to provide a larger and more varied control surface, or to allow simultaneous control by multiple users.
Spacemap Go can be implemented with a free update to GALAXY firmware and Compass control software. Users with existing GALAXY inventory need only supply one or more iPads as appropriate for the application.
“Every GALAXY processor incorporates a powerful digital summing matrix, which serves an important function in system optimization,” explains Steve Ellison, Meyer Sound Director, Spatial Sound. “With Spacemap Go, we have added a new creative layer over that technical layer. All the optimization tools are still there, but now GALAXY does double duty as a powerful spatial sound mixer that can be intuitively operated in real time, programmed to follow automated cues or recall internal snapshots with smooth transitions and dynamic movement. In terms of accessibility, scalability and intuitive ease of use, Spacemap Go is a breakthrough for sound designers and sound artists.”
The new tool is designed to offer compatibility with sound design and show control programs such as QLab. For example, a complex sound design can be assembled using QLab in the studio, perhaps initially combining all multichannel cues into a stereo rough mix for reference. When on site, the tracks can be quickly expanded into a multi-channel spatial mix using Spacemap Go’s templates for common multi-channel configurations.
The templates can be customized for a particular setup, while panning trajectories can be created with the touch of a finger and, if desired, captured for playback during performance. Although spatial trajectories can be created, edited and stored using the graphical interface, the detailed matrix remains accessible for reference or direct data entry.
In addition to QLab, Spacemap Go can be automated by DAWs such as Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro X, AVID Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer, and Reaper, taking advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch interface for spatial automation. GALAXY now supports the RTTrPM protocol, allowing integration with real-time tracking systems such as BlackTrax.
Systems are configured by Spacemap Go using any combination of GALAXY 408 or GALAXY 816 using Milan AVB, AES3 or analog as inputs and outputs. Spacemap systems can be configured for up to 32 inputs and as many outputs as are provided by the processors. Each GALAXY provides up to 232 matrix crosspoints. Multiple iPads can be used to control a system, providing access to additional channels or allowing simultaneous access to different screen views.
As noted, Spacemap Go is available as a free download from the Apple App Store as of October 28, 2020, and it’s compatible with any iPad capable of running the latest iPadOS.
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