With the al-4 Subcompact line array now shipping, VUE Audiotechnik has further revealed a technology roadmap that will bring immediate enhancements to the al-4’s capabilities while also foreshadowing broader technology initiatives to be unveiled at the upcoming InfoComm show in Orlando.
Specifically, VUE has licensed a complete suite of acoustic measurement and modeling software from Berlin-based AFMG Technologies. Included are EASE Focus 2, SysTune, and AFMG’s FIRmaker technology.
“As the undisputed leaders in acoustic measurement and room modeling, I’m tremendously excited to leverage AFMG’s powerful technologies across the VUE product lines,” explains VUE CEO Ken Berger. “We’re kicking off this collaboration by making EASE Focus 2 available for use with our new al-4 line array.”
EASE Focus 2 is a sound system design and aiming application that is able to predict line array performance in virtually any venue. Users can optimize the array’s configuration to maximize both output and coverage.
The free EASE Focus 2 software for the al-4 line array is available immediately from the VUE website here. At the same time, VUE is distributing the al-4 GLL file for use with AFMG’s full EASE 3D acoustic modeling application. The stand-alone al-4 GLL file can be downloaded here.
“This is only the beginning,” Berger adds. “We’re also making AFMG’s SysTune our go-to analysis tool for both development and application work, and beginning an aggressive development project utilizing their new FIRmaker beam steering technology. We’ll be sharing more details about the latter in the coming weeks.”
VUE Audiotechnik is also announcing the immediate availability of SystemVUE networking and control software for all VUE DSP-enabled loudspeakers and processors. Currently this includes the h-Class full-range systems and subwoofers, as well as the V4 Systems Engine that powers the al-4.
“All of our DSP systems were designed from the ground up to be part of a network,” notes VUE design chief Michael Adams. “There’s no need for additional cards or retrofitting. Users only need the SystemVUE software application to get up and running.”
Designed specifically for easy setup and operation, SystemVUE automatically creates a usable TCP/IP-based network without requiring manual operator intervention or special configuration servers. Any SystemVUE-enabled product will automatically recognize and connect to virtually any kind of IP configuration including DHCP-based networks, a fixed IP network, or even an ad hoc network (directly connecting to a computer via Ethernet cable). Just plug in and the devices are instantly recognized.
SystemVUE Software is “command central” for the SystemVUE network. The intuitive interface combines system and device-level control and monitoring capabilities with a powerful user interface that puts the most critical functions right up front and within easy reach.
SystemVUE Software is available in beta form immediately from the VUE website here. The application is free and fully compatible with both Macintosh OSX versions 10.5.8 – 10.8.3, as well as Windows XP and Windows 7 operating systems 64- and 32-bit versions.