The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the simulation tool for d&b line arrays, column and point source loudspeakers as well as subwoofers. This is a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with acoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, rigging and safety parameters. For safety reasons d&b line arrays must be designed using the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software. d&b ArrayCalc is available as a native stand-alone application for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. This can significantly reduce setup and tuning time in mobile applications and allows for precise initial simulations when planning installations. Listening planes can be defined in the venue tab, creating a three dimensional representation of any audience area in a given venue.
All sources can be time aligned, additionally the phase response of a flown system and a ground stacked SUB array can be calculated at a definable reference point. The level distribution resulting from the interaction of all active sources can be mapped onto the previously defined audience areas in a three-dimensional view, which can also be zoomed, rotated and exported as a graphics file. The Remote ID for all devices can be managed in the amplifier tab. EASE and DXF data export capabilities are also available.
The R1 Remote control software uses the data defined in ArrayCalc to generate an intuitive graphical user interface including complete details of the simulated system, including loudspeakers, amplifiers, remote IDs, groups, ArrayProcessing data and all configuration information. This workflow removes the need to manually transfer data from one software program to the other.
- Simplifies the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc
- Supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications
- Convert CAD and EASE files to ArrayCalc venue files (*.dbacv)
- Available for Windows and Mac OS
Simplifying the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc, the d&b ArrayCalc Exchange extension supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications. d&b ArrayCalc Exchange works with 3D design software SketchUp. After successful installation of the extension, a «d&b ArrayCalc Exchange» entry will be added to the «Extensions» menu within SketchUp.
Using ArrayCalc Exchange, EASE and CAD data that have been imported into SketchUp can be exported as an ArrayCalc venue file (*.dbacv), which can then be loaded directly into ArrayCalc. Selected layers are divided into triangles and converted into triangular planes that are used in ArrayCalc. Different layer name extensions are available, which will determine the input type of the single components from SketchUp in ArrayCalc.
ArrayCalc Viewer app
- available for Android and iOS
- all relevant rigging, setup and system information close to hand in a concise format
- any changes to the system design can be immediately distributed
- paperless and efficient
- user friendly
Once the system has been designed, calculated and optimized in the ArrayCalc simulation software, all relevant project information can be shared via email, AirDrop, Dropbox or downloaded onto any iOS or Android device.
The ArrayCalc Viewer app provides data such as splay angle, amplifier channel ID and cabling information, flying frame height and the height of the lowest edge, frame angle, horizontal aiming, Pickpoints, weight and load status. Any change to the system design can be distributed to each user immediately, ensuring an efficient and user friendly approach to rigging.
Sometime in the early 1990s, between the Internet’s public debut and the first Toy Story movie, listening at large scale events started getting easier. The modern line array had arrived and with it dramatic improvements to the reproduction of sound. Today, the software that accompanies a line array setup enables the technician to comprehensively simulate the complete performance of the system ahead of the show. While such planning and prediction is certainly a big step forward, d&b line array enhancement technology takes quality and flexibility just that bit further.
Created to further the d&b credo of democracy for listeners, ArrayProcessing helps deliver the same remarkable quality of sound to every member of the audience.
ArrayProcessing is an optional software function within the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software. It uses an optimization algorithm to determine tailored filters to help control the behavior of a d&b line array system across an entire listening area. Though this may sound a little complex, it is in fact a seamless step in the d&b Workflow. ArrayProcessing can be applied to all GSL-Series, J-Series, V-Series, Y-Series and T-Series line array systems in touring, installed or multidimensional spaces.
Switching ArrayProcessing on triggers an analysis process that examines the performance of an array at a large number of receiver points along all listening planes within its coverage. For every receiver point the sound of every loudspeaker is calculated across 249 individual frequency bands. The optimization process evaluates a predefined target frequency response, user-definable settings for level over distance, and processing emphasis. The result is a clever combination of FIR and IIR filters for each individual cabinet in the array to achieve the targeted performance, with an additional latency of only 5.9 ms: significantly improving the linearity of response over distance.
- fully exploits the acoustic potential of the d&b GSL, J, V, Y and T-Series systems
- considerably improves the tonal balance within the vertical coverage angle to create a constant listening experience for the audience
- enables the level distribution in the target area to be more precisely controlled
- System Presets allow pre-defined configurations – or ‘AP slots’ – to be recalled as needed at the push of a button
- allows the dispersion pattern of the array to remain adaptable and optimizable even if the array has already been flown and can no longer be altered mechanically; this is especially beneficial for shows with varying scene requirements, or where there is a rapid change in atmospheric condition such as at open air events
ArrayProcessing is freely available to download as part of the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software.