IMMERSIVE INNOVATION FROM MERGING AND FLUX::
Immersive Pyramix, Ovation and SPAT Revolution offers the ideal workflow
Puidoux: May 2022. Merging Technologies shares stand 7-P190 with our long-term partners from FLUX:: Immersive and will be demonstrating how simplecontent can be prepared for live events. The increased popularity of immersive audio content in all its forms is driving the need to repurpose or create programs for use in a host of different environments. Making this process simple for the creative community is a goal shared by the two companies.
SPAT Revolution is already established as a very versatile and flexible spatialization tool for live and prepared content and can be simply integrated with Merging’s Ovation playout and show control system. Ovation has been at the heart of many museums, theme parks, stadiums and product launch events for many years. These have all increasingly demanded more complex audio mixing and cueing. More recently, object-based sound design has been the key to managing how multiple speakers can be used to better effect. The key advantage of Ovation is having the sound design software in the same computer. Pyramix allows precise object-based mixing and soundtrack preparation that can be dragged across to Ovation allowing very rapid alterations to be made. What is new is the ability to import ADM files directly into Pyramix and thence to Ovation to immediately adjust those files to suit the production. Since the popularity of Dolby Atmos for Music is growing daily, it is not surprising there are many mixes already completed that can be adapted for other purposes. Regardless of what DAW was used to originate the original track, that ADM file can be imported with all the metadata into Pyramix. A truly hassle-free process. Once transferred to Ovation, the integration with SPAT via ADM-OSC protocol allows remote control of the spatial engine. This workflow – Any DAW -> Atmos ADM -> Pyramix -> Ovation <-> ADM-OSC <-> SPAT Revolution will be demonstrated by Merging and FLUX:: Immersive representatives.
MERGING+ANUBIS has already proven extremely popular with the creative community and, in partnership with MERGING+HAPI MKII, makes the perfect high-quality Dolby Atmos monitoring system. Not only does this offer exceptional value for money and unprecedented control of your audio, but it also offers you the exceptional audio quality expected from Merging. The Monitor Mission can control up to 9.1.6 with ease and Merging is preparing to offer a single SKU bundle for Atmos monitoring to include all you need to easily get started.
Anubis has acquired two new “Missions” since ISE 2020. The Music Mission converts this tiny box into a powerful and fully featured mixer for live and studio applications. The Commentary Unit Mission is a dedicated two commentator controller that complies with all broadcast IP standards. This was developed in partnership with a leading international broadcaster and has been tested in major sporting events already.
As if this was not enough, Merging is also making changes to its VAD and MAD drivers for Mac and PC. A simple version of VAD for Mac OS has been available for free download for years and now an improved version will be on sale for a nominal amount and is capable of 64 channels at 48kHz. A new Premium VAD that can be used without a Merging device being present offers enhanced performance. This offers 128 channels at any sample rate and will cost a modest amount more. One key advantage Merging can offer those working in Dolby Atmos is a reduction in interfacing hardware. VAD plus a suitable Mac can be directly connected to the Atmos renderer without additional interface boards. In the case of the PC user, although it requires the presence of a Merging product on the network, it allows the DAW and the renderer to be on the same PC.
If it comes to immersive audio production, Merging has the experience and the expertise that can only be acquired by being involved with more than stereo audio since the very beginning. “We honestly believe that we have an unbeatable toolset for immersive audio production and playout”; commented Dominique Brulhart, Merging’s Head of Software. “We have been working in partnership with customers and like-minded companies such as FLUX:: Immersive, to streamline and enhance the production process as well as the end-user experience. ISE 2022 sees Merging in a great position but the crusade for simplicity continues.”
Finally, ISE will see the formal launch of Stagenet which is an initiative to simplify the routing and management of IP from an intuitive web interface. A powerful team of experts from Arista, Merging, Matrox, Simplexity, and Stagetec will be on stand 5-Q850 to explain how this will work, how the industry needs open standards and why other suppliers should join the partnership.
About Merging Technologies
Merging Technologies is a Swiss manufacturer with over 30 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first.
RAVENNA is a solution for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability and is fully AES67 and ST2110 compatible. With a capacity of nearly 8 x MADI streams over a single Gigabit Ethernet link, it is also the first and only Layer-3 based IP audio protocol with full support for high-channel count DXD and DSD signals.
While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theatres, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and in production & recording applications. http://ravenna.alcnetworx.com
About FLUX:: Immersive
FLUX:: Immersive has established a reputation as a leader in the creation of audio processing software with the core idea to design inspiring technically innovative tools for sound engineers, with no compromise of the audio quality. The company has always been at the forefront of the development of software solutions for the professional audio industry, supporting multichannel processing, which for over a decade has been frequently used for multichannel surround recording, movie post-production, immersive live & installation sound, and in various other applications.
SPAT Revolution is a state-of-the-art real-time immersive audio mix engine, redefining the art of object-oriented and perceptual mixing making it possible to intuitively position audio sources in space, letting the acoustic signature of the room build the desired depth, independently from the output format. Designed to integrate into virtually any workflow, and with full automation of the spatialization parameters, SPAT Revolution offers a wide range of possibilities, empowering artists, sound-designers and sound-engineers virtually unlimited possibilities to design, create and mix an outstanding immersive experience. SPAT Revolution is the result of a successful partnership between FLUX:: Immersive and the French research institute Ircam, created to bring the vast research performed at Ircam available to the market. http://www.spatrevolution.com/