L-Acoustics recently announced the immediate availability of new versions of its Soundvision 3D simulation software, and its amplified controller real-time control and monitoring software, LA Network Manager.
Soundvision 3.1.0 and LA Network Manager 2.7.0 feature “advanced auto-solver tools to simplify, accelerate, and improve system optimization from system design to operation,” according to the L-Acoustics announcement.
Soundvision was the pro audio industry’s first 3D modeling software capable of predicting audio coverage and system performance in real time. Fifteen years of interaction with end users has led to numerous refinements of the program, which is still available free of charge.
The latest version, 3.1.0, adds automated features to assist and streamline the system design process: Autosplay and Autofilter.
Autosplay uses algorithms to calculate mechanical optimization based on the proposed configuration and design objectives defined by the systems engineer. The interface proposes a two-click path to inter-element angle optimization via the Init and Optimize buttons.
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The Init function sets angles to provide a view of coverage and output of the selected source, allowing the user to assess whether sound design objectives for each source can be met with the chosen configuration.
The Optimize function executes a numerical qualitative analysis with a deeper focus on improving sonic performance, including SPL coverage and wavefront integrity.
“Autosplay brings speed and accuracy to an otherwise highly iterative human process, saving time and improving practical outcomes,” said Yann-Gaël Gicquel, application engineer for acoustics and Soundvision project leader.
“Additionally, the high-performance algorithms of the Optimize function yield an unparalleled degree of finesse and detail. The result is a better sounding system and, ultimately, an enhanced audience experience,” said Gicquel.
Autofilter assists with system tuning of the mid-range and high frequencies.
It improves uniformity and flatness of the high-frequency response, determining and applying linear-phased FIR filters to zoning groups within an array.
Soundvision has also introduced the optional selection of amplified controllers for each source under the new electronics settings tab. This further accelerates workflow downstream within LA Network Manager.
Network Manager gives end users the ability to import Soundvision project data.
Groups of enclosures or amplified controllers created within Soundvision 3.1.0 are directly loaded into an LA Network Manager 2.7.0 session as amplified controller groups.
Furthermore, any zoning parameters subsequently edited in Soundvision can be synchronized from within LA Network Manager, preserving the editing flexibility and user-determined session parameters.
Network Manager also offers Autoclimate, a new tool materialized by a sidebar button that allows for the simultaneous adjustment of all air compensation filters based on measured temperature and humidity.