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DiGiCo and d&b partner on immersive audio with Soundscape

Partnership said to advance the accessibility and ease of use of the Soundscape immersive audio system platform

d&b audiotechnik has partnered with DiGiCo, industry leader in digital mixing solutions, to advance the accessibility and ease of use of the Soundscape immersive audio system platform.

The partnership ensures a dedicated Soundscape User Interface fully integrated into the surface of all DiGiCo SD and Quantum consoles, allowing front-of-house engineers to control Soundscape object parameters on the DS100 on the consoles.

“By partnering with DiGiCo, we are ensuring that Soundscape is accessible to FoH engineers in their preferred mixing and automation environment,” said Georg Stummer, product manager at d&b audiotechnik. “This integration will allow Soundscape to become an intuitive part of their creative workflow and design repertoire. It is important to us that we take the object based capabilities of our high-performance immersive toolkit as close as possible to creatives and their existing production environment. Soundscape is defining the way spatial audio is used for live productions.”

The partnership made it possible to replace the generic OSC control for the DS100 on DiGiCo consoles with an intuitive Soundscape control interface, integrating new features like free assignment of DS100 sound objects and different mapping areas for each channel strip of the console. All parameters and assignments of Soundscape User Interface can be stored and recalled with the console Snapshot memory.

This integration can be expanded for bi-directional communication between the console and DS100, via the d&b software bridge (Remote Protocol Bridge) while also supporting setup with two DS100s. By controlling two DS100s in sync within a redundancy setup or up to 128 sound objects on two different DS100 from one console.

“At DiGiCo we recognise that immersive sound technology is gaining rapid industry acceptance and represents an exciting future for our industry,” commented Austin Freshwater, MD at DiGiCo. “We want to ensure that FoH engineers, and sound designers can access this technology at their fingertips as a normal part of their workflow. We are proud to partner with d&b to provide a seamless and efficient way to integrate Soundscape into show programming and operation with our consoles.”

Amnon Harman, CEO d&b Group, added: “In a short space of time Soundscape has had an enormous impact upon both d&b and our industry. d&b is deeply committed to furthering our market leadership with this technology.  This partnership with DiGiCo is an exciting next step in ensuring that our mutual customers can work seamlessly with our systems to realise their creative visions.”