At Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, German loudspeaker system manufacturer d&b audiotechnik released ArrayCalc V8, featuring ArrayProcessing. The company states that this software update further elevates the sound of the large format d&b J-Series as well as the V-Series and Y-Series line array systems.
ArrayProcessing is a new feature within the d&b ArrayCalc V8 simulation software, the advanced prediction tool for d&b loudspeaker systems. ArrayProcessing optimizes the tonal and level balance of a line array system over an entire audience listening area, defined by its mechanical vertical coverage angle. It applies the same target frequency responses to all d&b line arrays, ensuring that each hang will have consistent sonic results regardless of array length or splay settings. Each cabinet in an array must be driven individually, as specific combinations of FIR and IIR filters are applied to each loudspeaker. The only investment is for the additional amplifier channels required to drive each loudspeaker.
Using ArrayProcessing, within ArrayCalc, system designers can program multiple slots for different performance characteristics of the same array without the need to make any mechanical adjustments. The constant additional latency of 5.9 ms remains unchanged, while the entire system can be altered during an event to adapt the performance emphasis.
The new ArrayProcessing function is incorporated within ArrayCalc V8, available to download for free from www.dbaudio.com.