Overview

FOR SOUND DESIGNERS AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS

In its Soundhub-S format the TiMax2 control software provides sound designers with an advanced real-time audio showcontrol machine for running live shows, events and attractions. The Soundhub-R version gives systems integrators and contractors a comprehensive set of audio routing, mixing, processing and playback resources with versatile remote control options.

Each SoundHub system incorporates a scaleable multi-channel audio matrix and mix engine to handle multiple sources and multiple zones in a variety of performance and presentation AV installations ranging from museum, themed attraction, boardroom, hotels, bars and clubs through to theatre, opera, cruise ships and house of worship.

The compact 2U TiMax SoundHub chassis provides 16 input and 16 outputs in analogue or AES3 format which is expandable up to 64x64. Optional industry-standard audio networking interfaces include Cobranet, Ethersound, Dante and MADI. The system also provides input and output parametric EQ for source sweetening and room tuning, and built-in random access audio playback up to 64-tracks.

Every matrix crosspoint provides level adjustment for source mixing and zone distribution plus the TiMax speciality of individual crosspoint delay adjustment for creating multiple static or dynamically variable Haas-effect audio localisations.

Accurate audio localisation is vital for directing a group of listeners to a specific performer on stage, a museum exhibit, or a presentation speaker. This helps a system provide intelligibility and message impact on top of uniform sound distribution. When combined with the revolutionary TiMax Tracker system, the TiMax2 Soundhub makes performer’s audio smoothly follow them round the stage with unparalleled accuracy and clarity.

The TimeLine based sound effects and showcontrol environment provides dynamic delay-matrix audio localisation and panning to create authentic and highly immersive surround soundscapes for atmos, spot effects and music.

All this is programmed and configured with an external computer which can then be removed to allow the user local or remote access to presets and other functions under multi-level password security.

 

Features

• 16 x 16 programmable audio matrix base platform

• Expandable up to 64 x 64 in a single 2U chassis, networkable into much larger systems

• Analogue or AES3 digital I/O plus optional Cobranet, Ethersound, MADI and Dante

• Internal hard disk 16 up to 64-track audio playback server and effects

• Multiband parametric input and output equalisation

• Routing and EQ libraries transferable between Shows

• Delay matrix for static and dynamic audio localisation and panning

• Multi-client PC and Mac software for show programming and control

• SoundHub-R and –S both controllable by TiMax Tracker

• Advanced smooth delay-panning algorithms for ultimate transparency

• Standalone operation for Cue/Preset recall and Zone level control

• Colour LCD screen with simple front panel controls and menus

• 32 assignable input and output level control Groups

• MIDI, SMPTE, GPIO, XML control and triggering

• Wired or wireless networked IP control from multiple computers, AMX, Crestron, iPad

• Flexible input and output AES3 sample-rate gearbox

TASK-BASED PROGRAMMING AND CONTROL SOFTWARE

A PC and Mac compatible software suite allows the systems integrator and sound designer to program all source and zone routing, level and EQ configuations to Presets. S-Version adds a comprehensive TimeLine based audio showcontrol programming and object based panning, with combined snapshot Presets and Cues.



A show or project’s Cues (Presets) and audio playback content can be uploaded onto the TiMax Soundhub’s internal hard-drives and then run either from the front panel or remotely from external showcontrol systems via the onboard GPIO, MIDI, SMPTE or XML interfaces. Complete shows, including audio content can be exported and imported as Archives for easy portability.
 
Each Cue (Preset) can crossfade between different matrix and zone level/delay/EQ settings, or trigger multiple dynamic pan effects and audio playback events. Every Input channel has three submix inputs: Analogue/AES; Playback; or Network, which can also be switched or cross-faded by a Cue (Preset). Each Output channel also has its own programmable delay adjustment for conventional multi-speaker system alignment.

An overall System Preset allows permanent speaker management changes to be stored as they get incremented during rehearsals, such as level trims and EQ settings for individual speaker zones and subs for example. The System Preset is loaded each time the Show is opened, and automatically initialises values for Output level, EQ and delay as well as global parameters such as matrix crossfade times. Other Cue-driven snapshot Presets can still be programmed to alter these Output parameters on a scene by scene basis.

All programming functions appear totally “task-based” to the user, using drag’n drop with minimal keystrokes and no CAD-style block-diagram programming. Familiar control functions such as Group faders, meters, EQ displays and libraries plus Cue Lists can be spread out across multiple screens.

Single or multiple TiMax2 Soundhub units can be accessed simultaneously from any number of PC or Mac clients via a simple zero-config plug ‘n play system. Multiple units can be networked to appear as one large system or as a set of separate sub-systems. Individual user passwords allow View, Operate or Edit access to pre-defined sub-systems ranging from a single channel up to an entire networked system.

S-VERSION ADDITIONAL FEATURES

TiMax SoundHub S-Version software provides an advanced showcontrol and sound design environment for more demanding high-end productions and events.



Fully integrated with the audio matrix control screens, S-Version incorporates TimeLine Cue programming and object-based panning combined with a powerful multi-channel playback engine and editor.

• Object-based delay-panning and control

• Multi-channel sound effects editing and management

• Comprehensive host and slave showcontrol resources

• Advanced embedded TiMax Tracker functionality

S-Version allows Cue events to be programmed against individual Cue timelines or an overall Show timeline. To help you during rehearsals, linked Cue and Show cursors advance across the Show’s drag ‘n drop multi-track waveform window to display the timings of Cue events. A set of progress bars on the Cue PlayList mimic this activity to keep you informed during the show.

A Cue can contain single audio events or composites of multiple audio events, with overlapping multichannel playback, looping, panning and level automation. Showcontrol Events are visually displayed on their own timeline bar within each Cue where they can be independently time-slipped relatively other cue events, audio clips and showclocks.

Available Cue Triggers and output Events include mappable MIDI parameters and MIDI timecode plus Go Cue, Stop Cue and internal Show Clock to perform simple or complex Follow-On and Wait commends. All this in addition to the GPIO, XML and Date Time triggers available in the R-Series.

All Trigger and Event activity can occur without a computer attached to the unit, so one or more TiMax SoundHub-S units can function as a truly standalone showcontrol slave or host system. It can even kick the Show off itself at the same time every day, plus have special Shows stored to play just on certain dates or tailored for specific times of day. Showcontrol events such as MIDI Prog, Not, MTC Start/Stop, ShowClock Start/Stop, Go Cue follow-ons etc can be arranged to trigger at any time during the progress of any Cue, and Cues can carry multiples of Events at user-defined intervals. A special Pre-Load event can be used to ensure multitrack music content plays perfectly in sync.

Programming of spatialisation and panning effects uses a unique virtual object called an Image Definition comprising a set of matrix level and delay parameters configured to create a desired localisation. Animated multichannel pans are programmed in two distinct and complimentary fashions: TimeLine panning, by placing Image Definition objects onto a waveform to use it as the timeline for the pan; or PanSpace programming where you drag the mouse to create pan effects more organicall.

 

In either case TiMax seamlessly interpolates between these objects, creating a smooth, immersive pan effect free of any hot-spots or holes. Any Cue can contain any number of pan events on parallel tracks or on sequences of clips in the same track.

Pan laws and timings can be infinitely varied by slipping the position of these Image Definition objects on the waveform timeline. External sources can be panned in the Timeline by dropping Image Definitions onto dummy waveform timelines representing virtual playback tracks.

TiMax Classic-style pan programming is available in the PanSpace by dragging the mouse around multiple Image Definition objects placed onto a geospatial representation of the space. Multiple Pan trajectories between pairs or groups of Image Definition objects can be recorded then de-constructed for editing numerically so you can vary pan laws and timings. The intuitive Timeline Edit functions allow individual sound clips to be manipulated and shaped extensively. Non-destructive editing allows Play Zones to be trimmed on-the-fly in rehearsals, as well as Loop zones, durations, repeats and end-modes, plus Volume Profiling for levelling and fading.

Edit parameters can be linked across stereo or multichannel clips and TimeLine pan instructions can be copied between clips. Individual clips or groups of clips can be Copy/Pasted between Cues with all Edit, Pan and Volume profile parameters intact. The entire TimeLine screen can be floated out onto an extended desktop additional monitor. Entire Shows can be archived for export, including all audio clips, edits, dynamic pans and showcontrol data.

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FRONT PANEL CONTROL

A series of simple front panel screens, soft switches and rotary encoder allow the user to recall various pre-programmed master configurations as a series of Shows.

 


Within each Show the operator can select or step through a list of Cues (or Presets) to cater for different scenes or segments of an event.

The user also has access to pre-assigned level and mute Groups to make adjustments across multiple zones and sources.

Input and output metering provides comprehensive system status monitoring. Individual Solo’s and Mutes allow for individual zone control, source switching and diagnostics. Access is fully password-protected.
TiMax2 SoundHub introduces the first of several iPad and iPhone apps for controlling Presets, Cues and Zones via wireless remote control. Driven by a server resident on our dedicated wireless router, TiMax2 SoundHub apps come with a range of simple user-configurable factory-default setups. We also offer a custom programming service to provide bespoke GUI’s specifically tailored to individual systems integration projects.

Future apps are in development for mobile showcontrol manipulation plus real-time spatialisation control and programming.
 

DETAILED SPECIFICATION
CHASSIS:

2U 19” Rackmount steel chassis, 450mm / 17.5” deep contains:

Internal DSP and I/O modules and hard-disks to create configurations: 16x16 (16-Track); 32x32 (32-Track); 48x48 (48-Track); 64x64 (64-Tracks)

Forced air cooled, low fan noise, OPTIONAL extra redundant fan.

EMC shielded to conform to CE interference emission and susceptibility requirements.

OPTIONAL extra redundant PSU with additional IEC connector

OPTIONAL dual mirrored hard-disk drives for audio playback redundancy

OPTIONAL wireless server for iPad or iPhone. Custom GUI design service.

OPTIONAL buffered input relay bypass

CONNECTIONS:

Analogue I/O card:
16 in & 16 out line level in groups of 8 balanced signals on female DB25’s (Tascam pinout)
Headroom: +22dBu; Dynamic Range: 114dB; THD+Noise <0.002%, 20-20KHz; Latency <2ms

Digital I/O card:
16 in & 16 out AES3 on separate DB25’s plus 16 analogue outs on two DB25’s. (Tascam pinout).

Sync selectable from AES3 input, or external Word Clock source via BNC, or internal 48KHz or 96KHz clocks. Input and output SRC’s allow multiple sample-rates across different AES inputs and outputs

OPTIONAL Cobranet, Ethersound, Dante, 64 in & 64 out in pairs of 32 on CAT5. Each module 32 channels.

OPTIONAL MADI 64 in & 64 out in pairs of 32 on BNC and Optical. Each module 32 channels

MIDI In/Out two sets

Ethernet for PC/Mac control and XML remotes or showcontrollers. Auto-config plug ‘n play default with static IP and forced IP modes.

POWER SUPPLY:

Inlet on fused IEC connector(s)

130W universal voltage 80-265VAC at 50/60Hz

Conforms to European LVD, UL, CSA, Nemco safety requirements
Filtered to conform to CE requirements

  FACILITIES:

Routing/level/delay Matrix sizes from 16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, all in 2U.

4-band parametric EQ on inputs, 8-band parametric EQ on outputs, linkable in zones.

32 assignable input and output Group level controls, also accessible through front panel

Source submixing at every input, between Analogue (or AES) Input / Playback Track / Network input.

Live cross-fade Cues/Presets between submix sources, I/O mixes, level/delay routings, EQ, playback

Level-delay Routing / Image Definition libraries controllable by TiMax Tracker

Advanced smooth delay-panning algorithms for ultimate transparency

Routings, EQ, Groups, Lables can be exported /imported between shows.

Multiple units can work as one large system or separate sub-systems.

Snapshot presets assignable to selected channels and parameters

Multi-channel random-access audio playback 16-, 32-, 48-, 64-track. 80Gb HDD standard (250Gb OPTIONAL)

256 GPIO input trigger ports matrixed on DB25

MIDI/MTC In/Out Trigger port, MIDI In/Out remote fader port.

RJ45 IP network port, for PC, Mac, AMX, Crestron, hardware remotes. NEW iPad and iPhone wireless control

Front panel Menu, I/O Meters/Solo/Mute, Group Levels/Solo/Mute, Cue/Preset select, Utility

Input SRC’s allow different 44.1 / 48 / 96KHz incoming sample rates on any AES3 input pair.

Output SRC’s allow different 48 / 96KHz sample rates on any AES3 output pair.
 
SoundHub-S only:
Automated dynamic panning to level/delay Image Definitions

Comprehensive TimeLine sound effects editing, playback and management

Advanced audio show-control software TimeLine showcontrol Triggers and Events programming

Advanced embedded TiMax Tracker functionality