Waves Announces New Commercial Audio Product Line with First Installation-Focused DSP Engines

June 17 2020, 00:35
Waves Audio, a well respected company in professional audio signal processing technologies with applications spanning from consumer audio and studio production to live sound, announced the first products in a new Waves Commercial Audio line: the Waves CA1000 and CA2000 Commercial Audio DSP Engines. Recognizing the widespread adoption of Dante audio networking technology, the first Commercial Audio products from Waves are designed to fit right in that predominant ecosystem.

Waves Commercial Audio DSP engines were designed to dramatically improve audio playback quality and speech intelligibility in any Dante-based A/V installation. Each product is a single-box software-plus-hardware turnkey solution, featuring over two dozen premium Waves processors, with professionally pre-configured, integrator-ready audio processing presets. 

"Waves CA products enable A/V system integrators and installers to deliver superior sound quality for corporate, commercial, government, educational, entertainment, sports and house-of-worship installations. The Waves CA1000 and CA2000 Professional DSP Engine units help solve common audio challenges and integrate easily into new or existing A/V installations using Dante audio networking," Waves states.

The new Waves CA1000 and CA2000 DSP Engines include 19 professionally curated audio processing presets designed to solve challenges with playback quality, speech intelligibility via a wide array of microphones and amplification systems, feedback elimination, voice processing without loss of tonality, and more. These presets are based on over two-dozen low-latency Waves premium plugins, which can be further customized and stored by the integrator based on their unique room or zone requirements. They are designed to tame and control common problems that can occur at installations with media playback, wireless mics, meeting room/table mics, lectern/pulpit mics and broadcast/streaming.
Apart from automatically feedback suppression, the new DSP Engines can be particularly useful to deal with multi-microphone installations, helping to reduce background noise and improve sound quality for handheld, lavalier, head-worn and table stand microphones. Each of the presets can be customized and locked-in by the installer for individual channels, groups or zones, to deliver optimal results based on the IO, PA and room. A/V installers and integrators can configure the CA1000 to process up to 16x16 bidirectional audio channels, and the CA2000 can be configured to process up to 64x64 bidirectional audio channels over the Dante network.

Designed to deliver superior results in space-limited installations, the CA1000 and CA2000 units are either surface or rack-mountable and are able to integrate quickly with existing controllers, offering both USB and HDMI/DisplayPort connections. The units are also valuable to deliver broadcast-quality audio processing for online streaming applications. Both units are designed to work with Windows 10 environments and already include Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) software.
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