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d&b audiotechnik introduces HeadroomCalc software at ISE 2023

d&b audiotechnik is showcasing its new HeadroomCalc software for sound engineers, system planners and consultants at the ISE show in Barcelona this week.

Available in ArrayCalc V11, the patent-pending HeadroomCalc technology now predicts the reaction of a d&b system to a specific audio signal, designed to provide a more precise sound pressure level (SPL) and headroom calculation than ever before.

“It is d&b’s mission to provide superior and more comprehensive predictability of system performance. HeadroomCalc represents significant progress in predicting accurate system performance that will impact the planning and execution of future audio projects," commented Florian Hahn, Product Manager, Software at d&b audiotechnik. "We want to share this progress with integrators and consultants around the world to help them make their designs even more predictive and reliable, especially when it comes to planning fixed installations."

Accurate prediction of the system’s performance is required for a number of reasons:

  • To choose the right system and/or system amplifier, both of which influence the budget needed for a project.

  • To comply with health and safety regulations at live events that specify the limits regarding onsite sound exposure levels.

  • To prove that pre-recorded alarm messages can be reproduced with a certain SPL (sound pressure level) to satisfy tenders or legal requirements.

“HeadroomCalc uses audio files provided by the user, representing the real world application, instead of generic, steady-state spectra. This allows users to accurately account for specific signal response as well as DSP limiter-based nonlinear processing impacts,” said Kilian Köhler, Technical Lead R&D Scientific Computing at d&b audiotechnik. “As a result, our users benefit from even more realistic simulation results, enabling them to create a system design that meets specification requirements at a new level.”

HeadroomCalc predicts the reaction of a d&b system to specific audio signals, providing a more precise SPL calculation by processing any user-defined audio file through a simulation of the configured audio system in the following three separate steps:

  1. The input signal — often a pre-recorded alarm message or a recording of the band — is fed into the simulated loudspeaker processing of the selected d&b system amplifiers in the time domain. The intermediate results are output voltage and gain reduction signals for every amplifier channel within the system over time.

  2. The output voltages are combined with the simulated impulse responses of the connected loudspeakers. This yields the sound pressure signals for every loudspeaker at up to five individual definable receiver points.

  3. The total sound pressure signal is created for all receiver points, which is the sum of all sound pressure signals at each point. This is then used to derive the SPL metrics in the same manner a portable SPL metre would operate at each defined measurement point.

Visit d&b audiotechnik this week at ISE 2023 in Hall 7 Booth 7E150, and also in Audio Demo Room E1 for live product demonstrations.