BSS Audio announced its new programmable DSP/matrix system, the Soundweb London.
London provides more flexible and enhanced I/O configurations, dual-redundant CobraNet™ audio networking with greater network capacity and matrix sizes, more efficient DSP using Analog Devices SHARC® processors that provide double the DSP of the Soundweb 9088ii processor and a new core system design package written completely from the ground up, plus integration of control, monitoring and error reporting of Crown Audio’s CTs Series of amplifiers using TCP/IQ PIP cards.
Control of the system is via an Ethernet topology, which can be integrated across an existing LAN (system design dependent). Ethernet integration has been made as simple as possible, and Soundweb London includes such features as auto IP addressing, where IP addresses are automatically assigned by the system regardless of other hardware devices already installed.
The including several new features, such as a more flexible I/O configuration; a range of I/O devices provides total flexibility in system size, efficiently; the basic I/O unit, BLU-80, can accommodate four cards and has a dual-redundant CobraNet CM-1 module; a second unit, BLU-32, can be configured like the BLU-80 for I/O, but acts purely as a network break-in/break-out with no DSP, and also features a dual-redundant CobraNet CM-1 module.
The familiar control ports on the Soundweb system have been expanded and reconfigured to provide solutions more appropriate for the majority of installations, with a dozen analog control port inputs and six analog logic outputs.
The several ways of integrating control through GPI and serial ports mean that London can be easily interfaced to other systems, such as media controls systems like AMX and Crestron, or life safety systems like the Bosch Praesideo.
Soundweb London adopts the now industry-standard CobraNet audio networking platform, using off-the-shelf Ethernet components to build much larger systems capable of transferring 64 channels across a single Cat-5 cable. Soundweb London has also been designed to take full advantage of CobraNet’s latest features, including low latency and 96kHz operation.
BSS has also worked closely with CobraNet’s originator, Peak Audio, to provide a simple programming interface to CobraNet; CobraNet bundles can be configured directly within London Architect software.
The new Soundweb London system features a new design software, London Architect, which has been written entirely from the ground up.
The software features include dockable tool menus and zone windowing. Expanding mixers make design and object selection easier than before. Another new feature is intelligent signal naming, which automatically tracks and labels signal paths across the entire design.
Users can include other processors in the system solution, such as the OMNIDRIVE FDS-366T, MINIDRIVE FDS-334T and FDS-336T, and operate these devices from the same PC-control program over the same Ethernet network with the use of a suitable Ethernet serial server device. Complete original system designs can also now be saved to the hardware for later retrieval.
London Architect allows simultaneous and integrated control of Crown Audio’s PIP-Lite, USP3 and USP3-CN PIP cards used in the CTs Series of amps, providing powerful CobraNet-based integrated processing, amplification and monitoring systems, including error reporting, load monitoring and event logging.