Meyer Sound Launches Spacemap Go iPad App for Spatial Sound Design and Mixing

November 3 2020, 00:15
With the audio industry evolving towards to concept of immersive sound installations for both performance and installation, generating spatial audio content is more important than ever. Meyer Sound has officially released Spacemap Go, a new spatial sound design and mixing tool, now available as a free app for Apple iPad. Spacemap Go was designed to transform the thousands of Meyer Sound GALAXY Network Platform processors in the field into powerful, flexible and user-friendly tools for spatial sound design and mixing.

Spacemap Go works with multiple Meyer Sound GALAXY processors, and it can be controlled by a single iPad or with multiple iPads to provide a larger and more varied control surface, or to allow simultaneous control by multiple users. Spacemap Go can be implemented with a free update to GALAXY firmware and Compass control software. Users with existing GALAXY inventory need only supply one or more iPads as appropriate for the application.

As Meyer Sound explains, Spacemap Go offers seamless compatibility with popular sound design and show control programs such as QLab. For example, a complex sound design can be assembled using QLab in the studio, perhaps initially combining all multichannel cues into a stereo rough mix for reference. When on site, the tracks can be quickly expanded into a multi-channel spatial mix using Spacemap Go’s templates for common multi-channel configurations, leveraging the accurate multi-finger response of the iPad touchscreen.

The templates can be customized for a particular setup, while panning trajectories can be created with the touch of a finger and, if desired, captured for playback during performance. Although spatial trajectories can be created, edited and stored using the graphical interface, the detailed matrix remains immediately accessible for reference or direct data entry.

In addition to QLab, Spacemap Go can be automated by popular DAWs such as Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro X, AVID Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer, and Reaper, taking advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch interface for effortless spatial automation. Meyer Sound's hardware processors now support the RTTrPM protocol, allowing also integration with real-time tracking systems such as BlackTrax.

Systems are quickly and easily configured by Spacemap Go using any combination of GALAXY 408 or GALAXY 816 processors using proprietary Milan AVB connections, digital AES3 or analog as inputs and outputs. And Spacemap Systems can be configured for up to 32 inputs and as many outputs as are provided by the processors. Each GALAXY provides up to 232 matrix crosspoints. Multiple iPads may be used to control a system, providing immediate access to additional channels or allowing simultaneous access to different screen views.

As Steve Ellison, Meyer Sound Director of Spatial Sound details, "Every GALAXY processor incorporates a powerful digital summing matrix, which serves an important function in system optimization. With Spacemap Go, we have added a new creative layer over that technical layer. All the optimization tools are still there, but now GALAXY does double duty as a powerful spatial sound mixer that can be intuitively operated in real time, programmed to follow automated cues or recall internal snapshots with smooth transitions and dynamic movement. In terms of accessibility, scalability and intuitive ease of use, Spacemap Go is a breakthrough for sound designers and sound artists."

Beta versions of Spacemap Go have been in use since late 2019. Among early users were Tony Award-winning New York sound designer Leon Rothenberg, who employed Spacemap Go for the off-Broadway production of Dracula/Frankenstein; and noted sound artist Bill Fontana, who applied the new technology to his latest installation, Primal Energies, at Kunsthaus Graz in Austria.

Spacemap Go is compatible with any iPad capable of running the latest iPadOS. Meyer Sound is also hosting a series of online Q&A sessions focusing on spatial audio.
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