After already manufacturing the most “green” amplifiers in terms of carbon footprint, Florence, Italy-based Powersoft is now poised to shred efficiency agendas with the launch of its redesigned ArmoniaPlus.
The ArmoniaPlus interface “mimics the real world and the physical process of audio design with a workflow approach that is both simple to use and easy to navigate,” according to the Powersoft press release.
ArmoniaPlus redesigned “to be the most efficient audio design environment on the market today, which takes users from system design to showtime through a simplified guided workflow,” according to the company announcement.
“Users fly between functions in a time-efficient manner, so simple to navigate it will set the new industry standard,” according to the Powersoft press release.
The ArmoniaPlus interface presents a single window with four main views: Workspace, System List, Operator View and Events.
Workspace is where all the main action takes place – a natural environment where system engineers can plan and work.
The Workspace is divided into two parts, with amplifiers occupying the left-hand space and loudspeakers sitting on the right. Users can move through four main steps: Design, Config, Tune and Show, each offering a variety of functions.
Once the link function is completed, operations can be carried out directly at the loudspeaker. Auditioning different presets is as easy as selecting the loudspeakers to control, so that their applications can be changed through the Tune: Preset page.
The layout and all control is visually intuitive. Amplifiers can be added directly to a rack, while loudspeakers can be grouped together, vertically and horizontally as you would expect them to be in the physical realm.
Arrays of loudspeakers can be ‘packed’ together so that when linking amplifiers, an algorithm will auto-select the next item, based on proximity, model and position on the screen, thus avoiding manual errors.
ArmoniaPlus Interface Simplifies Control
Creating advanced groups of loudspeakers offers the possibility of adjusting Gain, Delay, Polarity, and EQ. The redesigned graphical interface delivers information that is simple to absorb. The new Tune:EQ page allows users to monitor the overall curve applied to every speaker, including countless groups.
A special Headroom meter adapts its LEDs based on the limiters of the speaker itself, showing an at-a-glance view of how hard the speakers are been driven.
The interface is designed to be free from sub-menus, with every function available via either a right-click or just a Hotkey. Operations that took users on an arduous trail of mouse-clicks have now been simplified.
To set amplifiers to static IP mode, for example, just select the devices and ArmoniaPlus will assign the available addresses progressively, starting from the desired one.
Damping subs is achieved from a single slider or selection until the punchiness of the low end is re-established.
ArmoniaPlus simplifies sound system design. Each portion of a sound system project can be exported as a template, a building block for a bigger system which can be replicated in the Workspace as required.
With the shading function, ArmoniaPlus can reduce the gain and the loudspeaker limiter thresholds coherently, keeping the balance between elements even if the system is limiting.
This means an end to ruined dispersion patterns, caused by the loss of relative gain adjustment as the sound system is pushed into limiting.
Although users already experienced in Armonía will be able to adapt quickly to the new version, ArmoniaPlus will not replace the previous version. Instead, can coexist with the previous one, allowing users to get familiar with the new design’s workflow approach over time.