d&b Soundscape. More art. Less noise.

d&b Soundscape concept.

The d&b Soundscape is sound as you feel it, sound as you see it, sound as it is meant to be heard. Powered by the DS100 Signal Engine, a revolutionary audio system processor based on a powerful Dante enabled signal matrix, the d&b Soundscape provides unparalleled creativity through its two software modules En-Scene and En-Space.

d&b En-Scene is a sound object positioning tool allowing the individual placement and movement of up to 64 sound objects. It accurately depicts stage scenarios so that each sound object corresponds both visually and acoustically. The entire audience can now hear what it sees and vice versa.

d&b En-Space is an in-line room emulation tool which creates and modifies reverberation signatures for any space. These reverberation signatures are emulations derived from acoustic measurements of seven internationally renowned performance venues and convolved within the audio processor. One day a concert hall, a recital hall or a chamber. Indoors or outdoors. For a day and for all days. Just choose.

Less is more

The d&b Soundscape is a comprehensive Sound Designer Toolkit. It is not just a 360 system which does this, a 180 proscenium system on the stage front gives much more than the sound of customary right / left setup, it is a completely new experience. The graphic below shows a typical 180 system to deliver En-Scene for objects placed on the stage.

More is more

Adding more loudspeakers builds a 360 system to create acoustic environments with En-Space, or expand the En-Scene canvas around the audience. The second graphic shows a system where En-Scene can place objects all around the audience. Larger loudspeakers to the sides and rear will deliver En-Scene positioning. Smaller loudspeakers are used if only an En-Space reverberation is required.

The d&b Soundscape has been trialed and toured all over the world and for various application purposes – ranging from theaters to live concerts and clubs to corporate shows. While the variety in applications is broadly spread, they all share one creative ambition: delivering listening, seeing and feeling as one thing, an experience surrounded by voices, notes, and sounds. To put it short: the aural environments created by d&b Soundscape are audio solutions delivering benefit to all involved ‒ to the sound designer, to the engineer, to the artist, and to the audience.

The d&b Soundscape Workflow.

Efficiency from start to finish

The d&b Soundscape is an extension of the d&b System reality, an addition beyond the familiar loudspeaker system horizon: thanks to new technologies, an evolution. Nevertheless, or naturally, as it may be considered, the d&b Soundscape integrates with the d&b Workflow.

It can easily be built up and configured with ArrayCalc. In a second, creative step, using R1 Remote control software, objects can be positioned, room acoustics edited, and the system can be operated via Ethernet using the OCA / AES70 protocol. As an entire efficient and intuitive process, from design and simulation to control and monitoring, the d&b Workflow is by no means a closed system. Rather, it is open and ready to connect with industry standard protocols to consoles, workstations, show control, as well as replay and tracking systems.

Components of d&b Soundscape.

The d&b Soundscape is the acoustic environment in context, as perceived, experienced and understood. It defines the creative palate within which performances, speeches and presentations, real or abstract, can be staged. The d&b Soundscape allows to position sources freely within the sound design and modify or create acoustic signatures, both indoors and outdoors. A familiar and yet extraordinary addition to the d&b Workflow, the d&b Soundscape introduces another dimension to the d&b System reality, aligning the aural and visual perception, either realistically, or imaginatively.

The d&b Soundscape comprises three component parts: the DS100 Signal Engine and two optional software modules – d&b En-Scene and d&b En-Space.

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  • DS100 Signal Engine

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    Network-driven and Dante-enabled DSP platform

    • Processing platform for the d&b Soundscape
    • 64 x 64 matrix Level and Delay in every crosspoint
    • I/O processing EQ, gain, delay, polarity
    • Dante I/O
    • Latency < 1.5 ms (Dante In to Dante Out)
    • Optional Soundscape software module En-Scene for object-based signal management
    • Optional Soundscape room emulation tool En-Space
  • d&b En-Scene.

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    d&b En-Scene is the Soundscape software module for object-based signal management. This extends the basic matrix function of the DS100 with an object-based positioning tool for every input.

  • En-Space Software.

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    d&b En-Space is the Soundscape software module to enhance or build an acoustic environment, either indoor or outdoor, based on convolution of the audio signals on a large number of impulse responses captured in acoustically renowned performance spaces ranging from chamber recital to large concert halls.

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