Ovation consolidated its position in 2014, with an impressive roster of new users highly relevant to InfoComm attendees. Major new museum installations, live events, theatres, opera houses realised that the combination of reliable and repeatable operation coupled with the ease with which all parameters can be programmed and interfaced with other devices, provided compelling reasons for specifying Ovation. However, the industry’s requirements move ahead at a pace and sound designers were creating ever more realistic soundscapes. Immersive sound is becoming part of cinema and home audio but this has now spread to live events, product launches and even museums. The need to accurately place mono, stereo or multichannel sounds in a given space became paramount.
The introduction of Ovation 6 and Pyramix 10 moves all products to 64bit operation exclusively bringing new features and simplifying the future development path. An exciting range of new VS3 and VST plug-ins further increases the creative flexibility of the sound design or playout capabilities of the Ovation system. Eucon and Oasis control allow a number of popular mixers and controllers to be utilised if a more tactile and dynamic user experience is needed.
Merging’s Networked Audio Interfaces, Horus and Hapi have also found a place in many installations and are the perfect partners in any complex design. The company just announced that over 400 Hapi units have been shipped in less than 12 months. Easy interconnection, exceptional sound quality and the simple set up and routing show the practical advantages of RAVENNA/AES67 networking. The arrival of the new combination ADA8 board, offering 8 mic/line inputs and 8 analog outputs on the same card significantly increases the capacity of both these products, with Horus able to handle 48 in and 48 out and Hapi 16 x 16 or 8 x 8 plus MADI.
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